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Sunday Shorts at Red Star Galerie

Sunday Shorts at Red Star Galerie

MelaNated Writers Collective and Peauxdunque Writers Alliance present Sunday Shorts, a four-week reading series featuring short stories and works of prose from writers from both groups.
Literary Late Night: MelaNated Writers Collective Joins the Tennessee Williams Fest

Literary Late Night: MelaNated Writers Collective Joins the Tennessee Williams Fest

MelaNated Writers Collective is bringing its “Literary Jook Joint” to the Tennessee Williams Festival.
Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions

AndWeWereHungry – an online arts and literary magazine – is now accepting submissions for the debut of its web magazine.
Thank you for joining the Toni Morrison Novel Challenge!

Thank you for joining the Toni Morrison Novel Challenge!

  Welcome! Thank you for joining the Toni Morrison Novel Challenge. There are so many lenses through which we can experience Morrison’s collection of work, and we look forward to trying as many of them on as possible.
MelaNated Jook Joint: Cafe Treme

MelaNated Jook Joint: Cafe Treme

MelaNated Writers Collective hosts a poetry jook joint at Cafe Treme in New Orleans to showcase renowned poet Thomas Sayers Ellis, Dec. 3, 2012.
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The Bluest Eye Intro Discussion Question 1

The Bluest Eye Intro Discussion Question 1

The title of the novel refers to Pecola Breedlove’s intense desire for blue eyes. She believes herself ugly and unworthy of love and respect, but is convinced that her life would be magically transformed if she possessed blue eyes. How does racial self-loathing corrode the lives of Pecola and her parents, Cholly and Pauline Breedlove?...
MelaNated Writers Collective presents Thomas Sayers Ellis at The Literary Jook Joint

MelaNated Writers Collective presents Thomas Sayers Ellis at The Literary Jook Joint

Poet, photographer, word provocateur: Join the MelaNated Writers Collective for an afternoon of verse featuring the award-winning artist Thomas Sayers Ellis on Sunday, December 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Cafe Treme
Thomas Sayers Ellis to read selections during MWC's Fall Literary Jook Joint

Thomas Sayers Ellis to read selections during MWC’s Fall Literary Jook Joint

By Cate Root from nola.com New Orleans enjoys a cornucopia of literary delights this week. Our featured events are the annual Faulkner Words and Music Festival and “literary juke joint” hosted by the MelaNated Writers Collective featuring Thomas Sayers Ellis. Below, you can find listings to current book signings or local readings this week. WORDS...

Faulkner Words and Music Festival, Thomas Sayers Ellis and more literary events

New Orleans enjoys a cornucopia of literary delights this week. Our featured events are the annual Faulkner Words and Music Festival and “literary juke joint” hosted by the MelaNated Writers Collective featuring Thomas Sayers Ellis. Below, you can find listings to current book signings or local readings this week. See full list of events

The Reading Life: Kiini Ibura Salaam and Pamela Binnings Ewen

By Susan Larson from WWNO | August 7, 2012 WWNO’s The Reading Life features Kiini Ibura Salaam and her new collection of stories called Ancient, Ancient.
Dark Room Redux

Dark Room Redux

By Rochelle Spencer from Poets & Writers Magazine | July/August 2012 Twenty-five years ago, a group of young black poets made a pilgrimage to New York City’s Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine to pay their respects, along with a host of contemporary literary lights, to James Baldwin, who had recently passed away.
New U.S. Poet Laureate: A Southerner To The Core

New U.S. Poet Laureate: A Southerner To The Core

by NPR Staff and Wires from NPR The United States named its 19th poet laureate today: Natasha Trethewey, a professor of English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta. She is the nation’s first poet laureate to hail from the South since the initial laureate — Robert Penn Warren — was named by the...

‘Ain’t Is A Real Word’: The Rise Of The MelaNated Writers Collective [Culturelicious]

By Kristina K. Robinson June 5, 2012 for racialicious.com In the few years preceding my acceptance into a Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing, I had been a Katrina refugee, had a baby, grieved the death of his father and more. I had a thick skin and a lot to say. I couldn’t...
Kristina Robinson on Literature and Legends

Kristina Robinson on Literature and Legends

By Kristina Robinson http://www.lifeinhightimes.com/ The last time I was Uptown, I felt a force like gravity propel me toward the two apartments I lived in there. The first one sat up high on the third floor of a huge house. The large, enclosed-porch provided a birds- eye- view of the neighborhood and the big hurricane...

The Precarious State of the Literary Interview

There are plenty of dull, insipid conversations with authors out there, but the form isn’t worth writing off completely. The 2010s may rightly be called the age of the interview. Interviews appear regularly in magazines and newspapers, on blogs, websites, videocasts, television, and podcasts.
A MelaNated Summer in New Orleans

A MelaNated Summer in New Orleans

NOLA Collective of Writers of Color Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary with Series of Readings Hear original works from the MelaNated Writers; a collective of writers of color in genres from fiction to screenwriting and memoir to poetry. While some of the MelaNated writers are originally from cities like San Francisco, Memphis, Cleveland and London, all currently...