Monthly Archives: March 2018

Donate to the Before Columbus Foundation

If you have ever considered helping
Before Columbus Foundation, now is the time. The Before Columbus Foundation is a longstanding nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting multicultural literature through hosting the annual American Book Awards and countless other events.

All donations are tax deductible.

Checks can be mailed to:

Before Columbus Foundation
655 13th St. #302
Oakland, Ca.

Thank you for your patronage.

Retro images of historic events hosted by Before Columbus

Flyers and photographs from earlier days of the Foundation give a fascinating glimpse into its origins and development.

(From left to right) Founders Shawn Wong, Ishmael Reed, and Gundar Strads

Marlon James wins award from American Academy of Arts and Letters

Eight writers, including St. Paul novelist Marlon James, have won Arts and Letters Awards in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The awards celebrate “exceptional accomplishment in literature”. James is part of the Before Columbus Foundation’s board of directors, and received the 2015 American Book Award (and several other awards) for A Brief History of Seven Killings.

Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine publishes Spring 2018 issue

KONCH Spring Issue 2018
Just Us and Jeff Sessions: Evidence by Justin Desmangles
James Baldwin and the Black Italian Nexus by Nancy Carnevale
Letter from Hanoi 11-17 by Susanne Lee
Seven Poems by Lamont Steptoe
America by Horace Mungin
Marvin X Reviews the Film “Black Panther”

New York Times reviews the film Personal Problems by Ishmael Reed and Bill Gunn

“A video-shot story conceived as a “meta-soap opera,” “Personal Problems,” a 1980 collaboration between the writer Ishmael Reed, the director Bill Gunn, the photographer Robert Polidori, the composer Carman Moore and a host of talented performers, is now presented as a work of cinema — proving, among other things, that cinema retains the ability to accommodate the noncategorical.”