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National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium & Tribute to Ntozake Shange

  • Medgar Evers College, CUNY 1650 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11225 United States (map)

“Playwrights and Screenwriters at the Crossroads”

The 2019 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium, “Playwrights and Screenwriters at the Crossroads,” is a public gathering of writers, scholars, literary professionals, performers, students, and the general public. It will provide a forum for examining the trends and themes addressed by Black playwrights and filmmakers; showcase the work of Black playwrights and screenwriters; and pay tribute to Ntozake Shange, Obie Award-winning renowned poet, playwright, and novelistIfa Bayeza, playwright, producer, novelist, and sister of Ntozake Shange is the featured speaker.

The Symposium will continue the conversation generated at the 14th National Black Writers Conference: “Gathering at the Waters, Healing, Legacy and Activism in the Literature of Black Writers.” Roundtable discussions and a town hall forum will focus on how race, politics, and popular culture influence literary writing, playwriting, and screenwriting on the stage and screen.   Speakers include Keith Josef AdkinsAmina HenryLadee HubbardTracie MorrisShaun NeblettMarlon Rice, and Aurin Squire among others.


Admission for Symposium (Does not include the reception):

  • General Donation: $20

  • Student/ Senior/ Faculty (with ID): $5 

  • Free for Medgar Evers College, CUNY Students (with ID)

  • Evening Reception Donation: $20

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