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THE EYES HAVE IT:
POETRY AND PHOTOGRAPHY
with NIKKY FINNEY,
RACHEL ELIZA GRIFFITHS & PARNESHIA JONES
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by LAURA PEGRAM
During a recent tribute honoring poet Lucille Clifton, Ocean Vuong said that when he thinks of Lucille, he thinks of lineages. “Lucille created a home through her poems and through her ancestral investigations. As artists, there should be an insistence on legacy, . . . that learning from our elders.” The contributors to this new issue of Kweli would agree.
KWELI launched its Reading and Conversation series in April 2011 with EDWARD P. JONES IN CONVERSATION WITH WYATT MASON. LaSHONDA KATRICE BARNETT, MECCA JAMILAH SULLIVAN & TIPHANIE YANIQUE took center stage this year. E. FRANCES WHITE moderated a discussion that ranged from Alice Walker and the tradition of black feminist fiction, to a new generation's in-your-face exploration of sexuality, and the politics of respectability. JOHN DAVIS complemented Barnett's reading with piano music. This reading series is presented in partnership with the NEW YORK TIMES AFRICAN HERITAGE NETWORK.
FIRST ANNUAL CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS CONFERENCE honored the late WALTER DEAN MYERS. Top editors talked about craft and community, their diverse lists and what they're looking for in submissions. They also shared wonderful resources for writers of color. Participating authors talked frankly about publishing and diversity and power, our cultural capital, and more.