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Barack Obama
08/06/2019

Barack Obama

Time is no match for Toni Morrison. In her writing, she sometimes toyed with it, warping and creasing it, bending it to her masterful will. In her life’s story, too, she treated time nontraditionally. A child of the Great Migration who’d lifted up new, more diverse voices in American literature as an editor, Toni didn’t publish her first novel until she was 39 years old. From there followed an ascendant career—a Pulitzer, a Nobel, and so much more—and with it, a fusion of the African American story within the American story. Toni Morrison was a national treasure. Her writing was not just beautiful but meaningful—a challenge to our conscience and a call to greater empathy. She was as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. And so even as Michelle and I mourn her loss and send our warmest sympathies to her family and friends, we know that her stories—that our stories—will always be with us, and with those who come after, and on and on, for all time.

A Showcase of Contemporary Dominican CinemaNYC July 23 - 28https://hyperallergic.com/510874/dominican-film-festival-2019...
07/25/2019
A Showcase of Contemporary Dominican Cinema

A Showcase of Contemporary Dominican Cinema
NYC July 23 - 28

https://hyperallergic.com/510874/dominican-film-festival-2019/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20072519%20-%20As%20Artists&utm_content=Daily%20072519%20-%20As%20Artists+CID_cf3fe71544c7cea3086f713caab7e21e&utm_source=HyperallergicNewsletter&utm_term=A%20Showcase%20of%20Contemporary%20Dominican%20Cinema

The 8th Dominican Film Festival is the largest showcase of Dominican filmmaking outside the Dominican Republic itself, and its films, workshops, and panels look fascinating.

Farah Rocks Fifth Grade by Susan Muaddi Darraj is now available for pre-order!
07/25/2019
Farah Rocks Fifth Grade

Farah Rocks Fifth Grade by Susan Muaddi Darraj is now available for pre-order!

Farah and her best friend, Allie Liu, are getting excited to turn in their applications to the Magnet Academy, where they both hope to attend sixth grade. But when new girl Dana Denver shows up, Farah's world is turned upside down. As Dana starts bullying Farah's little brother, Samir, Farah begi...

Episode 24: Containing Multitudes with Grisel Acosta
07/24/2019
Episode 24: Containing Multitudes with Grisel Acosta

Episode 24: Containing Multitudes with Grisel Acosta

Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta is a woman containing multitudes. She’s an Afro-Latina tattooed professor-poet, a leader and a loner, a fighter and lover who evades easy categorization. In today's episode, we're talking about the influence of Grisel's activist paren...

Shades of U.S. - Seeing Yourself in Books - CUNY TV
07/19/2019
Shades of U.S. - Seeing Yourself in Books - CUNY TV

Shades of U.S. - Seeing Yourself in Books - CUNY TV

On the season finale of Shades of U.S., we look at a movement to inject more diversity into publishing from the perspectives of three authors and how many of these works are being perceived from readers, in particular one interracial family. This epis...

THE ART OF THE SHORT STORY with Susan Muaddi Darraj and John Paul Infante. Thursday, July 18th at the Writers Room. Free...
07/15/2019

THE ART OF THE SHORT STORY with Susan Muaddi Darraj and John Paul Infante. Thursday, July 18th at the Writers Room. Free and open to the public. See you there. #KweliFest

#KweliFest Reading at McNally Jackson. Kali Fajardo Anstine, Jaquira Díaz, Bassey Ikpi, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma & Tiphanie Y...
07/15/2019

#KweliFest Reading at McNally Jackson. Kali Fajardo Anstine, Jaquira Díaz, Bassey Ikpi, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma & Tiphanie Yanique. Friday, July 19th. McNally Jackson Books. 7-8:30PM. Free & open to the public. See you there.

"Are you working on a book? Looking for a writing community? Advice from publishing industry experts? Ready to pitch you...
07/15/2019

"Are you working on a book? Looking for a writing community? Advice from publishing industry experts? Ready to pitch your book to an editor or agent?

The KWELI INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVAL is coming up soon, July 18-July 21 and you have until TONIGHT to register at a discounted rate of $200.

The Kweli Journal community is such a vital space for writers of color and has served as a safe and iron sharpening space for me as a writer. Happy to be serving this community as a panelist and editor this weekend & listening to great pitches. Can’t wait to see you there." CHELCEE JOHNS, 37 Ink/Simon & Schuster

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REGISTER TODAY for #KweliFest!

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Iwalani Kim will be moderating the panel What Agents and Editors Look For at #KweliFest. Register here: http://conta.cc/...
07/13/2019

Iwalani Kim will be moderating the panel What Agents and Editors Look For at #KweliFest. Register here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

Stephanie Jimenez, author of They Could Have Named Her Anything, will be discussing Latina Outsiders in Conversation at ...
07/13/2019

Stephanie Jimenez, author of They Could Have Named Her Anything, will be discussing Latina Outsiders in Conversation at #kwelifest. Register here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

Honduran-American poet Sheila Maldonado will be discussing Coloring Outside the Borders at #kwelifest, & sharing a visua...
07/13/2019

Honduran-American poet Sheila Maldonado will be discussing Coloring Outside the Borders at #kwelifest, & sharing a visual writing project called desveladas. Register here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

Kelli Jo Ford, author of Crooked Hallelujah, will be teaching a Master Class on Craft Elements of Fiction, including cha...
07/13/2019

Kelli Jo Ford, author of Crooked Hallelujah, will be teaching a Master Class on Craft Elements of Fiction, including characterization, place, point of view, dialogue, and more at #kwelifest. Register here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

Susan Muaddi Darraj, will be discussing The Art of the Short Story with John Paul Infante at #kwelifest. Register here: ...
07/13/2019

Susan Muaddi Darraj, will be discussing The Art of the Short Story with John Paul Infante at #kwelifest. Register here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

Caroline Bleeke, senior editor at Flatiron Books, and editor of the forthcoming novel Dominicana, by Angie Cruz, will be...
07/13/2019

Caroline Bleeke, senior editor at Flatiron Books, and editor of the forthcoming novel Dominicana, by Angie Cruz, will be listening to pitches at #KweliFest.
Register Here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

Jaquira Díaz will be teaching a master class on creative nonfiction and how personal narrative can speak to something l...
07/13/2019

Jaquira Díaz will be teaching a master class on creative nonfiction and how personal narrative can speak to something large and more expansive. Register for #KweliFest here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

Melissa Rivero, author of The Affairs of the Falcóns, will be speaking on The Debut Novel at #KweliFest. Register here:...
07/12/2019

Melissa Rivero, author of The Affairs of the Falcóns, will be speaking on The Debut Novel at #KweliFest. Register here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

Mitchell S. Jackson will be in conversation with Edyson King Julio at #KweliFest discussing "SURVIVAL MATH" and the war ...
07/12/2019

Mitchell S. Jackson will be in conversation with Edyson King Julio at #KweliFest discussing "SURVIVAL MATH" and the war between emotion and reason when you’re black and Latinx in the hood. Register here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

The deadline to register for the Kweli Journal International Literary Festival is Monday, July 15th, 11:59PM. The regist...
07/12/2019

The deadline to register for the Kweli Journal International Literary Festival is Monday, July 15th, 11:59PM.
The registration fee is now $200, down from $250.
You don't want to miss this!
There will be craft talks, readings from debut & award winning authors, master classes & workshops, panel discussions, lyric film screenings, and more!
See the festival lineup and register here:
http://www.kwelijournal.org/kweli-international-literary-festival

Rachel Kim, agent at 3 Arts Entertainment, will discuss her manuscript wish list and listen to pitches at #kwelifest. Re...
07/12/2019

Rachel Kim, agent at 3 Arts Entertainment, will discuss her manuscript wish list and listen to pitches at #kwelifest. Register for the Kweli International Literary Festival at the link in our bio.

EDWIDGE DANTICAT: "Tiphanie Yanique’s tremendous talents and incredible storytelling will astound you and leave you br...
07/12/2019

EDWIDGE DANTICAT: "Tiphanie Yanique’s tremendous talents and incredible storytelling will astound you and leave you breathless."
Award winning writer TIPHANIE YANIQUE, author of LAND OF LOVE AND DROWNING, will teach a craft class on how to build character on the page on SATURDAY, JULY 20TH at KWELI INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVAL at the New York Times Conference Center. Join us. Register Here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF
#KweliFest

#KweliFest Alum Samuel Kolawole, represented by Julie Stevenson of Massie & McQuilkin, will discuss Life Before and Afte...
07/12/2019

#KweliFest Alum Samuel Kolawole, represented by Julie Stevenson of Massie & McQuilkin, will discuss Life Before and After Signing with an Agent.
Register Here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

Kevin Noble Maillard, author of Fry Bread, will bring truth and nuance to a conversation on how Indigenous women are rar...
07/12/2019

Kevin Noble Maillard, author of Fry Bread, will bring truth and nuance to a conversation on how Indigenous women are rarely centered in discussions of the American West.
Register Here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF
#KweliFest

#KweliFest Alum Eunice Kim, represented by Johanna Castillo of the Writers House, will discuss Life Before and After Sig...
07/12/2019

#KweliFest Alum Eunice Kim, represented by Johanna Castillo of the Writers House, will discuss Life Before and After Signing with an Agent.
Register Here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

#KweliFest Alum Angeline Boulley, represented by Faye Bender of The Book Group, will discuss Life Before and After Signi...
07/12/2019

#KweliFest Alum Angeline Boulley, represented by Faye Bender of The Book Group, will discuss Life Before and After Signing with an Agent.
Register Here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

Emily Raboteau, author of Searching for Zion, will discuss the Art of the Essay at #KweliFest. Register Here: http://con...
07/12/2019

Emily Raboteau, author of Searching for Zion, will discuss the Art of the Essay at #KweliFest.
Register Here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

Bassey Ikpi, will speak on how her collection of nonfiction short stories, I’m Telling The Truth But I’m Lying, was ...
07/12/2019

Bassey Ikpi, will speak on how her collection of nonfiction short stories, I’m Telling The Truth But I’m Lying, was created.
Register Here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF
#KweliFest

Vincent Toro, author of Stereo. Island. Mosaic., will be in conversation with Tiphanie Yanique on Race, Power, and Story...
07/11/2019

Vincent Toro, author of Stereo. Island. Mosaic., will be in conversation with Tiphanie Yanique on Race, Power, and Storytelling at #KweliFest.

Connie Pertuz-Meza, will be speaking on Latina Outsiders Remaking Latina Identity at #KweliFest. Register Here: http://c...
07/11/2019

Connie Pertuz-Meza, will be speaking on Latina Outsiders Remaking Latina Identity at #KweliFest.
Register Here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

Mikael Awake, co-author of the memoir Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem, will be speaking on The Art of the Essay at #KweliFest...
07/11/2019

Mikael Awake, co-author of the memoir Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem, will be speaking on The Art of the Essay at #KweliFest.
Register Here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

Serene Hakim, agent at Ayesha Pande Literary, will be speaking at #KweliFest on What Agents & Editors Are Looking For. S...
07/11/2019

Serene Hakim, agent at Ayesha Pande Literary, will be speaking at #KweliFest on What Agents & Editors Are Looking For. She is willing to review query letter & synopsis in advance & provide feedback.
Register Here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, author of the Edward Stanford award winning novel, House of Stone, will be speaking at #KweliFest on...
07/11/2019

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, author of the Edward Stanford award winning novel, House of Stone, will be speaking at #KweliFest on The Debut Novel and Violence in the age of Voyeurism.
Register Here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

John Paul Infante is one of the newest voices in short fiction. He’ll be in conversation with Susan Muaddi Darraj on T...
07/09/2019

John Paul Infante is one of the newest voices in short fiction. He’ll be in conversation with Susan Muaddi Darraj on THE ART OF THE SHORT SHORY and Sheila Maldonado on COLORING OUTSIDE THE BORDERS.
Register for #KweliFest here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

Chelcee Johns, who is on the editorial team at 37 Ink/ Simon & Schuster, will be at #KweliFest reviewing query letters, ...
07/09/2019

Chelcee Johns, who is on the editorial team at 37 Ink/ Simon & Schuster, will be at #KweliFest reviewing query letters, synopses, listening to pitches, and speaking on the panel WHAT AGENTS AND EDITORS LOOK FOR.
Register Here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF

Jaquira Díaz is the author of Ordinary Girls, A Memoir. Díaz will be at the Kweli Journal International Literary Festi...
07/08/2019

Jaquira Díaz is the author of Ordinary Girls, A Memoir. Díaz will be at the Kweli Journal International Literary Festival teaching a Creative Nonfiction Masterclass and more!
Register Here: https://conta.cc/2YpkbdF
#KweliFest

[The JRB Daily] Nigerian writer Lesley Nneka Arimah wins the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing
07/08/2019
[The JRB Daily] Nigerian writer Lesley Nneka Arimah wins the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing

[The JRB Daily] Nigerian writer Lesley Nneka Arimah wins the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing

Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the twentieth edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story 'Skinned'. The prize was launched in 2000, and is awarded annually to an African writer of a short story published in English. The winner receives £10,000 prize money, and each shortlisted

The registration fee for the Kweli Journal International Literary Festival has been reduced to $200 (from $250)! The dea...
07/08/2019

The registration fee for the Kweli Journal International Literary Festival has been reduced to $200 (from $250)!
The deadline to register is Monday, July 15th.
You don't want to miss this!
Register here: http://conta.cc/2YpkbdF
#KweliFest

YIYUN LI raved about THE HOUSE OF STONE by debut novelist NOVUYO ROSA TSHUMA."Written with biting humor, fierce insight,...
07/08/2019

YIYUN LI raved about THE HOUSE OF STONE by debut novelist NOVUYO ROSA TSHUMA.

"Written with biting humor, fierce insight, as well as tenderness toward each of the characters, The House of Stone captures Mugabe’s Zimbabwe and a broader political environment both geographically and historically. Be prepared to laugh, shed tears, and marvel at this young author’s debut."

Meet Novuyo Rosa Tshuma at the KWELI INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVAL, July 20, 2019 at the New York Times Conference Center.

http://www.kwelijournal.org/kweli-international-literary-festival

LIMITED SEATING. REGISTER TODAY!

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KALI FAJARDO-ANSTINE, author of SABRINA & CORINA, will give the morning keynote at KWELI INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVAL...
07/05/2019

KALI FAJARDO-ANSTINE, author of SABRINA & CORINA, will give the morning keynote at KWELI INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVAL on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the New York Times Conference Center.

"A haunting debut story collection on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands, centered on Latinas of indigenous ancestry that shines a new light on the American West."

#KweliFest will take place over four days from July 18 - 21, 2019 and include readings from debut and award winning authors, master classes and workshops, lyric film screenings and panel discussions, live music and more. REGISTER TODAY! And please spread the word. Thank you.

http://www.kwelijournal.org/kweli-international-literary-festival

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07/05/2019
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The New York Times

In 1942, a Mexican-American high school student in Los Angeles pretended to be Japanese-American and voluntarily lived in an internment camp so he could be with his friends. That experience defined how he lived the rest of his life.

Registration is open for Kelly Starling Lyons children's book workshop. Sign up today. It is going to be amazing class!
07/04/2019
So You Want to Write a Children's Book

Registration is open for Kelly Starling Lyons children's book workshop. Sign up today. It is going to be amazing class!

Have you dreamed of writing for kids? Start the journey with award-winning author Kelly Starling Lyons in a workshop designed to demystify the process. Explore children's book genres. Mine your life for story ideas. Gain an edge by learning about the business of writing for kids. Receive comprehensi...

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