Salon with American Book Award recipient Jeff Chang

The interview discusses race in America in this cultural moment.

Ishmael Reed to be interviewed on radio program New Day Jazz

This Sunday, October 2, 2016, poet, playwright, essayist and novelist, Ishmael Reed returns to New Day Jazz in the 5 o’clock hour. Real jazz, real talk, where every month is Black History Month. New Day Jazz broadcasts every Sunday, 3-6 p.m. Pacific time at KDVS.

Rudolfo Anaya, author and director of Before Columbus Foundation, receives Presidential Medal for literature

Video footage of the ceremony available from the New York Times:


American Book Award winner Arthur Dong covered by The Establishment

“Arthur Dong’s films spotlight Asian-American and Queer history.”

The Paris Review interviews Ishmael Reed

See an excerpt from “Ishmael Reed, The Art Of Poetry No. 100”:

Baltimore Sun covers Susan Muaddi Darraj’s American Book Award

Ishmael Reed critiques Presidential Election

New York Times interviews Terry McMillan

McMillan names Ishmael Reed, author and founder of Before Columbus Foundation, among writers she admires most:

Rutgers University Newark faculty and alumni receive American Book Award

Three members of the Rutgers University–Newark community have won the prestigious 2016 American Book Award. Professor John Keene and Assistant Professor Lyra Monteiro, along with alumnus Nick Turse, received news of the prize this week.

Excerpt: “We are proud to honor the work of John Keene, whom we regard as among the most innovative and exciting writers in America today. The richness and fertility of his imagination coupled with the elegance of his prose produce a unique literary experience. In addition, we consider Lyra Montiero’s critical perspectives to be both vital and courageous. Her rigorous, inventive, and powerfully deciphering analysis of ‘Hamilton,’ the musical, was a much-needed antidote to the toxic commercial hyperbole. Finally, Nick Turse’s efforts to expose secret U.S. military operations in Africa should be regarded as heroic. At BCF, we consider Turse to be in the tradition of the greatest journalists, penetrating the subterfuge and excavating information and perspectives otherwise missing or ignored.”


Counterpoint Press covers Lauret Savoy’s American Book Award

Lauret Savoy’s Trace has received the American Book Award in 2016.