R224. Celebrating the Hurston/Wright Foundation: Twenty-Seven Years of Literary Legacy

Room 202B, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Before articles decrying the limited opportunities for writers of color in publishing, there was Hurston/Wright, discovering, mentoring, and honoring African American writers. For more than a quarter of a century, Hurston/Wright has fostered a rigorous, nurturing space for writers at varying stages. This celebratory panel includes Hurston/Wright award winners, former workshop participants and faculty, and the current board chair, as they honor the legacy of this essential DC organization.


Laurie Cannady’s Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul was named one of the best nonfiction books by black authors in 2015 by The Root. A Kirkus review describes Crave as a "bold, honest, and courageous memoir." Foreword Reviews announced Crave as a finalist in the Indiefab 2015 Book of the Year competition.

Yona harvey is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She teaches in the University of Pittsburgh writing program.

Darlene Taylor is an advocate for the cultural arts and public affairs advisor. She is an MFA candidate at Stonecoast and advisory editor of Callaloo. She is also fellow of Callaloo, A Room of Her Own, Kimbilio, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and serves on the board of Hurston/Wright.

A. Van Jordan is the Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor at Rutgers University-Newark.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside