Laila Lalami discusses new novel “The Other Americans”

Lalami’s The Moor’s Account received the American Book Award in 2016. She sits on Before Columbus Foundation’s Board of Directors. Via The Nation’s podcast, Start Making Sense:

Laila Lalami’s “The Other Americans” reviewed by New York Times

Lalami’s The Moor’s Account received the American Book Award in 2016. She sits on Before Columbus Foundation’s board of directors. The article appears in print today. Read it online here:

Joy Harjo wins Jackson Poetry Prize

The prize is awarded annually by Poets & Writers to an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition, and aims to provide what poets need: time and encouragement to write. There is no application process; poets are nominated by a panel of their peers who remain anonymous.

Joy Harjo’s Crazy Brave received the American Book Award in 2013. She sits on Before Columbus Foundation’s Board of Directors

Camille Dungy receives Guggenheim Fellowship

Professor Dungy teaches with Colorado State University’s English department. Her book Suck on the Marrow received the American Book Award in 2011. She says, “I understand this fellowship to be a starting block for my journey towards a new set of possibilities and artistic discoveries,” she said. “I’ll pause very briefly to celebrate what this means to me and to the communities who have supported my work through the years. Then I’ll start digging in the soil again — and see what starts growing.” Read more about her projects and watch a video of Dungy performing her poetry here:

Marlon James named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2019

Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings received the American Book Award in 2015. James also sits on Before Columbus Foundation’s Board of Directors. Words from Salman Rushdie:

http://time.com/collection/100-most-influential-people-2019/5567700/marlon-james/?fbclid=IwAR2AsJrYSECoSQ7D-sxPtjbnrqQhfCZ0zbHr_yq-ehpTe0f6r6iHOjMhPGs

Astra Taylor interviewed about latest book examining democracy

Astra Taylor’s new book Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone has been published today. Taylor received the 2015 American Book Award for The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. From The Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/apr/17/people-are-finally-talking-about-class-astra-taylor-on-us-democracy-socialism-and-revolution?utm_term=Autofeed&CMP=fb_us&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR2BT0zKI60F448BlukvEI-84-72GiZqBNa8IZ1rjEDIg3vnsKpx2r2e6XA#Echobox=1555539988

The Guardian reviews Laila Lalami’s “The Other Americans”

Lalami’s The Moor’s Account received the American Book Award in 2016.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/mar/29/the-other-americans-by-laila-lalami-review?fbclid=IwAR2na4nwDhH1dOi2MH35LVHpKDSHbAoIU4OKgcHe8XeJ0gTlR2ao_owRIvI

Ishmael Reed reviews performance of Broadway play “Hamilton”

Ishmael Reed has been critical of the Broadway performance Hamilton since its debut. He summarizes his perspective on a recent viewing of its performance in an article in The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Datebook:

A full production of my play, ” The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda,” beginning May 23 at the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York, and directed by the award-winning Rome Neal, will not only present voices that are missing from “Hamilton: The Revolution” — Native Americans, slaves and white indentured servants — but also expose an upheaval that is happening in the American Historical Establishment as women, blacks, Native American and Latinx have their say.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Archive includes Ishmael Reed in the African Film Festival 2019

Ishmael Reed’s 1980 film Personal Problemsis a black soap opera unfolding in the melancholy of the blues. Enlisting legendary Bill Gunn as director, Reed and producer Walter Cotton sketched out an improvisatory scenario exploring the moody tribulations of a group of Harlem residents. – Steve Seid

See the rest of the program for the African Film Festival on the BAMPFA’s website: https://bampfa.org/program/african-film-festival-2019

The Poetry Center invites Tim Z. Hernandez to be part of In Common Writers Series

Hernandez’s Skin Tax received the American Book Award in 2006. He joins Marguerite Muñoz and René Juarez-Vazquez for a reading of recent works.
Thursday, May 9 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University
Free and open to the public.

The event’s full details can be found on the Poetry Center’s website: http://poetry.sfsu.edu/events/29123-tim-z-hernandez-reading-and-conversation-marguerite-mu%C3%B1oz-and-ren%C3%A9-juarez-vazquez

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