Communing with James Baldwin: A Centennial Celebration

Room 2504AB, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 2
Thursday, February 8, 2024
10:35 am to 11:50 am


One hundred years after his birth, Baldwin's legacy, influence, and relevance cannot be overstated. Panelists writing in several genres share work guided by the critic, activist, novelist, playwright, and poet, and discuss how we as writers and a society can make our way into communion with him.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Communing_with_James_Baldwin_Event_Outline.pdf



Wesley Rothman, author of Subwoofer, has published work in Bennington Review, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and Prairie Schooner. Recipient of fellowships from the Sewanee Writers' Conference and the Vermont Studio Center, he teaches at Howard University.

Ed Pavlić is author of thirteen books written across and between genres: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scholarship. His most recent works are Call It in the Air (2022), Outward: Adrienne Rich's Expanding Solitudes (2021), and Let It Be Broke (2020). He lives in Athens, Georgia.

Airea D. Matthews’s first collection of poems, Simulacra, received the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. She is a recipient of a 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and an assistant professor of creative writing at Bryn Mawr College.

Khadijah Queen is the author of six books of poetry and hybrid prose, including Anodyne, Conduit, and I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On. Her verse play Non-Sequitur won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers. She teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech.

Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center