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Oakland Book Festival features panel discussion presented by Before Columbus Foundation

Follow the link below to view the tremendous line-up at this year’s festival, Sunday, May 31st. One Day • Seven Hours
90 Writers • 40 Events 11AM – 6 PM Oakland City Hall & Frank Ogawa Plaza

Panel Discussion: MultiCulturalism or Political Correctness? (presented by The Before Columbus Foundation) with Lorna Dee Cervantes, Justin Desmangles, David Meltzer, Gundar Strads, Armond White, and Shawn Wong.

“Derelict Air”: A Celebration of Edward Dorn’s Uncollected Poems, May 20th

Friends, family and scholars of Black Mountain poet Edward Dorn gather for an evening of music, poetry, and conversation to celebrate his uncollected poems, published by the London-based Enitharmon Press. Bringing together over five hundred pages of work not included in Dorn’s recent Collected Poems (Carcanet, 2012), Derelict Air includes work from every phase of the poet’s five-decade career, from Beat poems of the early fifties to his nineties evisceration of neo-Roman America. In addition to reading from Dorn’s work, participants at the event will be reading and performing their own work. Copies will be on sale at the launch at a discounted price. – See more at:

UC Santa Cruz conference to honor visionary feminist philosopher Gloria Anzaldúa

The UC Presidential Chair in Feminist Critical Race & Ethnic Studies will present a conference on the work of feminist philosopher and writer Gloria Anzaldúa, April 10-11, at the Humanities Complex on the UC Santa Cruz campus.

Northwestern University hosts poetry symposium featuring Before Columbus founder

Victor Hernandez Cruz, a founding member of the Before Columbus Foundation, delivers the keynote.


Stanford Professor Michelle Elam covers James Baldwin in New Book

The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin, being published this month by Cambridge University Press, is one of the first comprehensive critical studies of Baldwin in over a decade and the first to present a full, interdisciplinary approach to his prolific output.

Will Hearst and Before Columbus Founder Ishmael Reed In Conversation

Will Hearst interviews Ishmael Reed about “the New West”, drawing out his enlightening thoughts on various subjects related to his work.

American Book Award winner Johnathan Curiel on Islam in America

Johnathan Curiel’s new book examines the history and experience of Muslims in America.

Before Columbus board member Wahajat Ali discusses Muslim experience

Award winning playwright and Al Jazeera America host Wahajat Ali discusses being Muslim in the aftermath of terror attacks. From the British Broadcasting Company’s World Service Radio.


Joe Sacco, American Book Award Winner, reflects on satire

Joe Sacco won the American Book Award 1996, for his book with Edward Said, “Palestine”. He responds to Charlie Hebdo in this cartoon [Graphic Imagery]

Ishmael Reed discusses the state of literature and influences with Al Young

Watch Ishmael Reed and Al Young discuss their influences and the state of literature in this 2008 video clip.