Monthly Archives: October 2017

Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings to be adapted for video series

Marlon James sits on the Board of Directors for the Before Columbus Foundation. James’ novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, received an American Book Award in 2015. Melina Matsoukas, director of HBO Series Insecure, is adapting the project for Amazon Studios.

Justin Desmangles, Chair of Before Columbus Foundation, writes for the SFMOMA in ‘Open Space’

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has invited Before Columbus Foundation Chair Justin Desmangles, among several other esteemed creatives, to publish as columnists in residence. “Our Fall 2017 columnists in residence are poet Elizabeth Robinson; multidisciplinary artist Fanciulla Gentile; and producer and radio host Justin Desmangles. Over the next four months, they will publish on a rotating basis; what they choose to address, and how, is up to them. And once their official tenure is over, they will retain lifelong publishing rights, joining an ever-growing cohort of alumni columnists. So far as we know, this is a unique experiment among major art institutions.”

Laila Lalami, American Book Award winner, interviewed by the Pen Center

The Pen Center presents Member Spotlight: Laila Lalami. Lalami received the American Book Award in 2016 for The Moor’s Account

Shawna Yang Ryan receives 2017 American Book Award for ‘Green Island’.

Taiwan-American author Shawna Yang Ryan named winner of 38th American Book Award for novel ‘Green Island’. Coverage by Taiwan News.

American Book Award for Ammiel Alcalay, Lost & Found.

CUNY-Grad Center Professor Ammiel Alcalay is the recipient of an American Book Award for his accomplishments as the founder and editor of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. From the Poetry Foundation

New Poetry and Interview from Joy Harjo, via the Poetry Foundation

Joy Harjo received an American Book Award in 2013 for Crazy Brave. The Poetry Foundation has published two recent poems, and an in-depth interview.

“How to Write a Poem in a Time of War”:

“Tobacco Origin Story, Because Tobacco Was a Gift Intended to Walk Alongside Us to the Stars”:

Interview with Layli Long Soldier: “Beyond Language: Joy Harjo, on writing her life in poetry.”

Nick Turse, American Book Award recipient, critiques Ken Burns’ Vietnam War film

Nick Turse has received American Book Awards in 2014 for Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam, and in 2016 for Tomorrow’s Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa.

From the Intercept:

Video footage from 2016 Oakland Book Festival event hosted by Before Columbus Foundation

Video footage is available on youtube of the Before Columbus Foundation’s panel discussion at the 2016 Oakland Book Festival.

MULTIRACIAL AMERICAN LITERATURE IN THE 21ST CENTURY, Oakland Book Festival 2016, Presented by Before Columbus Foundation, John Keene, Victor LaValle, Emily Raboteau, Justin Desmangles. Video by Johnnie Burrell

Ishmael Reed examines relationship between Presidency and white male identity politics

The acclaimed author and founder of the Before Columbus Foundation analyses the extreme right’s organization around the Presidency, news media propaganda, and identity crises of white males. From Haaretz:

Wajahat Ali, President of Before Columbus Foundation, analyses president’s double standards

Wajahat Ali is a political commentator, Emmy-nominated producer, playwright and attorney. From Washington Post Opinions: