How We Do It: Black Writers on Craft, Practice, and Skill, Sponsored by the Hurston/Wright Foundation

Signature Room, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 5
Friday, March 10, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


What happens to move things from a blank page to a beautiful book? This panel discusses the ongoing struggle to give voice to the ways Black writers find joy, the ways we resist, the ways we declare our will to be free. We explore the perspective of Black writers on the craft of writing and storytelling and the unique voice we bring to the page. Followed by a Q&A.



Khadijah Ali-Coleman

Jericho Brown celebrates his latest book, The Tradition, at this year's AWP. A Guggenheim fellow and the director of the creative writing program at Emory University, he also wrote Please and The New Testament. His poems have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time magazine.

W. Ralph Eubanks is the author of Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi’s Dark Past and The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South. He is currently the Eudora Welty Visiting Scholar at Millsaps College.

Tiphanie Yanique is an award-winning novelist and poet. Her books include Monster in the Middle, Land of Love and Drowning, Wife, and How to Escape from a Leper Colony. Tiphanie is a professor of creative writing and literature at Emory University.

Darlene Taylor advances the humanities and arts and brings literature to students in underserved communities. She is a fellow of Kweli, Kimbilio, Callaloo, and a scholar-artist at Howard University. A life of social justice advocacy and preservation of Black history shape her storytelling.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center