Meditations and Ascensions: Black Writers on Writing

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Representing conversations from the Eighth National Black Writers Conference in 2006, this collection provides in-depth meditations and analyses of literature by black writers. Reflections on the black experience, the American experience, and a more global experience and worldview are all widely discussed, as well as future trends and ascensions for black literature. Students, teachers, journalists, and other writers will welcome the chance to view parts of the writing process and see inside the heads of ...

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Overview

Representing conversations from the Eighth National Black Writers Conference in 2006, this collection provides in-depth meditations and analyses of literature by black writers. Reflections on the black experience, the American experience, and a more global experience and worldview are all widely discussed, as well as future trends and ascensions for black literature. Students, teachers, journalists, and other writers will welcome the chance to view parts of the writing process and see inside the heads of prominent black writers. Participants include Marita Golden, Walter Mosley, Ishmael Reed, Herb Boyd, Valerie Boyd, Haki R. Madhubuti, Elizabeth Nunez, Tananarive Due, Valerie Wilson Wesley, Camille Yarbrough, Susan McHenry, and many others.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883782965
  • Publisher: Third World Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda M. Greene is a professor of English and the executive director of the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. She was the director of the National Black Writers Conference in both 2003 and 2006. She is the coeditor of "Defining Ourselves: Black Writers of the Nineties" and "Rethinking American Literature." She lives in New York City. Fred Beauford is the editor in chief of the "Neworld Review" and the author of "The King of Macy's," "The Rejected American," and "The Year Jerry Garcia Died." He lives in Newark, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Myrlie Evers-Williams Evers-Williams, Myrlie

Introduction Brenda M. Greene Greene, Brenda M.

Ch. 1 Who Said You Could Say That? Voice, Authority and the Writer Marita Golden Golden, Marita 3

Ch. 2 Reflections on Race, Colorism, and Identity Marita Golden Golden, Marita Susan McHenry McHenry, Susan 11

Ch. 3 Developing a Culture of Consciousness Haki R. Madhubuti Madhubuti, Haki R. 17

Ch. 4 History as Narrative Adam McKible McKible, Adam Herb Boyd Boyd, Herb Valerie Boyd Boyd, Valerie Christopher John Farley Farley, Christopher John 41

Ch. 5 The Paradox of Race and Identity Linda S. Jackson Jackson, Linda S. Mohammed Naseeuh Ali Ali, Mohammed Naseeuh Elizabeth Nunez Nunez, Elizabeth Emily Raboteau Raboteau, Emily Ishmael Reed Reed, Ishmael 63

Ch. 6 Speculative Fiction Robert Reid-Pharr Reid-Pharr, Robert Samuel Delany Delany, Samuel Tananarive Due Due, Tananarive Sheree Renee Thomas Thomas, Sheree Renee Walter Mosley Mosley, Walter 93

Ch. 7 The Writer as Literary and Cultural Artist Carlos Russell Russell, Carlos Steven Barnes Barnes, Steven Carl Hancock Rux Rux, Carl Hancock Camille Yarbrough Yarbrough, Camille 123

Ch. 8 Reflections on the Creative Writing Process Valerie Wilson Wesley Wesley, Valerie Wilson Richard Wesley Wesley, Richard 151

Ch. 9 Art and Politics in Publishing 163 Linda Duggins Duggins, Linda Tanya M. Evans Evans, Tanya M. Malaika Adero Adero, Malaika Manie Barron Barron, Manie

Bibliography 185

Editors 195

Contributors 196

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    This book lets you see the authors in a way you do not often see them... the panels seem to be taking place in one large livingroom. The authors answer questions honestly and the conversations are provocative.

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