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.

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Laila Lalami interviewed by The Guardian

Lalami’s The Moor’s Account received the American Book Award in 2016. They discuss a variety of topics including background, current works, and political events. From The Guardian:

In-depth interview with Laila Lalami about her favorite books

Lalami’s The Moor’s Account won an American Book Award in 2016. The New York Times has interviewed her for their “By The Book” series.

Poets Will Alexander and Cecilia Vicuña host collaborative reading

Long-time friends, Cecilia Vicuña and Will Alexander came together for the first time to read and discuss their many varied involvements. Alexander’s Singing In Magnetic Hoofbeat: Essays, Prose, Texts, Interviews, and a Lecture received the 2013 American Book Award, and he sits on Before Columbus Foundation’s board of directors. Coverage of the event from Entropy Magazine.

Marlon James and Victor LaValle in conversational interview

The two authors discuss topics relevant to their writing in a candid and insightful conversation. Marlon James received the American Book Award in 2015 for his novel A Brief History Of Seven Killings, and subsequently joined Before Columbus Foundation’s board of directors. Victor LaValle’s The Changeling received the American Book Award in 2018.

Designer Grace Wales Bonner discusses fashion with Ishmael Reed

The London-based artist holds a conversational interview with Ishmael Reed discussing influences, interpretation, and interrelation between art forms. From Interview Magazine.

New York Times covers Ishmael Reed’s play “The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda”

Ishmael Reed’s play aims to counter misinformation spread by popular Broadway play Hamilton. It is showing at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe in Manhattan. From NYTimes:

Ishmael Reed authors play challenging “Hamilton”

The New York Times has covered Ishmael Reed’s play “The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda.” The play, directed by Rome Neal, will take aim at what Mr. Reed believes are inaccuracies with “Hamilton.”

Wajahat Ali Joins Interfaith Authors To Respond to US-Mexico Border Crisis

Wajahat Ali is an author, television producer, and sits on the board of directors for the Before Columbus Foundation.

Co-written with William J. Barber, II, Stosh Cotler Sister Simone Campbell.

Anne Waldman’s “Trickster Feminism” Reviewed by New York Times

“A poet takes aim that the literary and political patriarchy”. Anne Waldman was honored for Lifetime Achievement in 2015 by the American Book Awards.