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The Brittle Paper Awards for African writers a Huge Success. Read more...

The Brittle Paper Awards recognize the finest, original pieces of literature by Africans available online for free. A $1,100 cash prize is spread across five categories which reflect its effort to capture the range of literary dialogue on the continent: the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction ($200), th...

"Of Course He Said Nigger"

Award-winning poet, essayist and novelist Alice Walker is the author of The Color Purple (1982), for which she won the National Book Award for hardcover fiction, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Here's a recent drop...  "Of Course He Said Nigger" copyright 2018 by Alice Walker Of...

In the beginning was the Word...

The Nuyorican Poets Café on New York's Lower Eastside, one of the oldest American venues for presenting spoken-word poetry, was founded in 1973. In the 1980s, spoken word competitions - poetry slams - emerged. In 1990, the first National Poetry Slam took place in Fort Mason, San Francisco and...

Playwright Ntozake Shange has died at age 70

Poet, playwright, and novelist Ntozake Shange was best known for the Obie Award-winning play "for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf" . She also penned several novels including Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo (1982), Liliane (1994), and Betsey Brown (1985). Among S...

Author Jason Reynolds meets thousands of students in suburban Chicago

Over a two-day visit, author Jason Reynolds spoke to an audience of 1,870 Arlington Heights students. Reynolds is known for writing young adult novels including All American Boys, As Brave As You, the Track series, Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Long Way Down and For Every One. During his appearances,...

Caught Between Culture and Vision: Comic book writer Stan Lee, the creator of Black Panther, dies at 95

"Stan Lee was always a hero of mine", writes Eric Deggans in his tribute to book writer Stan Lee. "It's a feeling I share with many comic book fans. But it wasn't until recently – and especially following his death Monday at age 95 – that I began to realize that some of my love for him c...
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