S218. Celebrating Langston: Langston Hughes and Contemporary Writers

Room 101, Washington Convention Center, Level One
Saturday, February 11, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


This cross-genre reading will celebrate the legacy of American poet, playwright, essayist, activist, and translator Langston Hughes. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Langston Hughes, and this panel of diverse writers aims to honor his legacy in Washington, DC, a city which in which Hughes lived and a place which shaped his vision of the United States.



Jacqueline Jones LaMon is the author of two collections, Last Seen, a Felix Pollak Poetry Prize selection, and Gravity, U.S.A., recipient of the Quercus Review Press Poetry Series Book Award; and the novel, In the Arms of One Who Loves Me. She teaches at Adelphi University.

Erika T. Wurth is the author of the novel Crazyhorse's Girlfriend and the collection of poetry Indian Trains. Her work has appeared in numerous journals. She teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and she was a guest writer at IAIA. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee.

Timothy Leyrson received his MA in English from Missouri State University and was a Durwood fellow at the University of Missouri–Kansas City where he earned his MFA. His poetry and essays have been published in Midwestern Gothic, Atticus Review, and elsewhere.

Abdul Ali received his MFA in creative writing from American University and worked for several years as a freelance writer and arts administrator for numerous nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC. Ali is the 2014 winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center