R199. Black Magic Women: Black Women Examine Creativity in Digital Spaces

Room 208AB, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Five black women examine different forms of creative expression—poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and film—in digital spaces. The presentation, which will feature both sounds and images, will explore the different ways that artists can navigate digital spaces and push their vision forward. It will also address some of the challenges women and people of color may face in garnering an audience for their work and offer strategies for overcoming these challenges.



Rochelle Spencer is coeditor of All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color. A writer and scholar in the field of Afro-Surrealism, Rochelle is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and a former board member of the Hurston-Wright Foundation.

Renée Alexander Craft is an associate professor at UNC-CH. She has published two projects, which reflect her research and creative projects: When the Devil Knocks: The Congo Tradition and the Politics of Blackness in 20th Century Panama and Digital Portobelo: Art +Scholarship +Cultural Preservation.

Jacqueline Bishop’s first novel is The River's Song. She is also the author of two collections of poems, Fauna and Snapshots from Istanbul. Her nonfiction books are My Mother Who Is Me: Life Stories from Jamaican Women in New York and Writers Who Paint/Painters Who Write: Three Jamaican Artists.

Michele L. Simms-Burton, PhD, is a freelance writer, editor, and scholar of African American studies based in metro Washington, DC and Seattle, Washington. Her current research interests are examining the African presence in 18th- and 19th-century Paris and creativity and social justice in digital spaces.

Audrey T. Williams writes creative nonfiction and speculative fiction in traditional and digital formats. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area and is pursuing an MFA in writing at CCA. Her writing often features at various Bay area literary events. She was a writer in residence at Wente Vineyards, March 2016.


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