Jeff Chang Discusses Cultural Change with Race Forward Podcast

Chang’s Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation received the American Book Award in 2005. Listen to social change agent and RaceForward Vice President Jeff Chang on challenging mainstream narratives through culture, critique and satire. Stream the podcast via Grantmakers in the Arts : https://buff.ly/2KfeF7K, Soundcloud: https://bit.ly/2GIkcTg, or Apple: https://apple.co/336SkBN.

Joy Harjo Interviewed by Ms. Magazine

Joy Harjo has recently been named Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress. She is the first Native American poet to receive the award. Harjo’s Crazy Brave received the American Book Award in 2013. See a biography and interview in Ms. Magazine:

Laila Lalami’s “The Other Americans” Featured in Los Angeles Book Club

Lalami’s The Moor’s Account received the American Book Award in 2016. The LA Times covers her participation in the Los Angeles Book Club discussing her latest novel, The Other Americans:

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2019-07-31/laila-lalami-other-americans-book-club-immigration-20190731?fbclid=IwAR3MtP9qfeflHcNRY2XZTf7w_xKED9ygR-P57EEamHVACxKNevzyisuz6go

The Nation reviews Ishmael Reed’s Play

Reed’s play The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda examines Broadway hit Hamilton‘s misrepresentations of history. From The Nation:

https://www.thenation.com/article/ishmael-reed-haunting-of-lin-manuel-miranda-hamilton-play-review/?fbclid=IwAR1hEi_uhYrk3NgUzAq_IwdYpYFbG5BupwrVw_Tgk-NrFdYFYYqfhMrqsZw

The Knockturnal reviews Ishmael Reed’s latest play

Ishmael Reed’s play “The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda” premiered at the Nuyorican Poets Café this past Thursday evening. The play aims to provide a historical counterpoint to ‘Hamilton,’ Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway success. Read the review linked below:

https://theknockturnal.com/the-haunting-of-lin-manuel-miranda-review/?fbclid=IwAR3RLJ4n4cctE_PkKPerx0KxNU3v4zl5apt82xEeb-oI1jf4s33kg9GT3Cw

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