The Whiting Foundation announced its 2012 literary award recipients Tuesday. The 10 authors will each receive a $50,000 grant, no strings attached.
The Whiting Awards are geared to help extraordinary new writers find the footing to achieve success. Awards are made to poets, novelists, short-story writers, playwrights and writers of nonfiction. Continue reading
December 1, 2011 – I had the pleasure of attending the opening reception for the important and fabulous exhibition “Her Word As Witness: Portraits of Women Writers of the African Diaspora” Photography by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn
September 16, 2011 – With fall creeping in it was a perfect evening to launch “Bookends,” a series of readings, which served as a 4-day lead in to the Brooklyn Book Festival. As part of the BBF program, Ringshout, “a place for black literature,” hosted writers Catherine E. McKinley, Emily Raboteau, and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts –three contemporary writers with unique voices. Continue reading
September 18, 2011 – Now in its sixth year, the Brooklyn Book Festival has become one of the premiere literary events in the country. Starting on the prior Thursday, BBF programmed readings throughout the borough, culminating with Sunday’s main event. Thousands of book lovers jammed multiple venues to hear some of their favorite authors read and converse about books. Continue reading
February 1, 2011 – Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts author of Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America was joined by Ron Kavanaugh, publisher of Mosaic Literary Magazine to discuss her new book. The event was standing room only at HueMan Bookstore in Harlem, NYC. Continue reading