International Black Writers Festival 2023

The International Black Writers Festival 2023 kicks off September 27

The International Black Writers Festival 2023, organised by the Moorland-Spingarn Research Centre and Howard University, runs from September 27 – 29, 2023.

The Moorland-Spingarn Research Centre, founded in 1914, holds one of the largest global databases for different documents, artifacts, and photographs. Throughout its history, it has been one of the United States premiere research facilities making connections and pushing out theories using historic information in order to explain, study and contemplate the Black experience within the African diaspora.

The International Black Writers Festival brought to you by Moorland-Spingarn Research Centre was hosted at Howard University in 2022. It was inspired by the National Black Writers Festival, which also began at Howard University in 1974. Attendees heard from student writers, presented by The Amistad—Howard University’s literary arts journal. There were panels of esteemed poets, essayists, publishers, professors, and journalists–some of them Howard alum–where panellists described their origin stories as writers and provided insight on their work.

The 2023 edition is set to be hosted in September at Howard University in late September. It will feature writers, academics, critics, and artists in conversation on the theme “Why We Gather: Toward Building a Black University”.

Some of those scheduled to make presentations are Christina Joy, Ebony LaDelle Marita, Maika Moulite, Jamile Minnicks, Panashe Chigumadzi, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Mitchell Esajas, Mukoma wa Ngugi, Jonathan Gray, Jacqueline Woodson, Kwame Alexander, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Walter Mosley, Sonja Woods, Kimberly Brown-Pellum, Arlisha Norwood Alston, Anton D. House, Ashley Robertson Preston, Sheena Harris, Vincent Brown, Monique Bedasse, Paula Giddings, Jelani Cobb, Ibram Kendi, Christina Greer, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Mikki Kendall, Dana A. Williams, Brenda Greene, Lauren K. Alleyne, Ayesha Hardison, Khadijah Ali-Coleman, Glory Edim, Taylar Enlow, Naj Austin, Anwulika Ngozi Okonjo, Jamie A. Swift, Sean Jacobs, Kweli Zukeri, Anthony Browder aka Nana Segu Karakh, Carol Lee aka Mama Safisha, Kamau Grimes, Toni Blackman, Steph Lova, Young Guru, Lance Williams, Nikkole Salter, Aurin Squire, Kamilah Forbes, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Chisa Hutchinson, Kwame Kwei Armah, and Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

For more information on the festival, please click here.


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