This Week: Celebration of Black Writing Festival

Philadelphia: Do not sleep on Art Sanctuary’s Celebration of Black Writing festival this year! The festival takes place May 21-June 2. Each year the celebration brings the best black writers from across the country to speak and read in Philadelphia.

A few highlights for 2012 include:
-Internationally renowned artist and urban planner Theaster Gates and curator Naomi Beckwith (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago)
-Issa Rae (The Mis-Adventures of an Awkward Black Girl) with writer Penny Wrenn
-Poet/publisher/activist Haki Madhubuti and educator/writer Solomon Jones
-A conversation with authors Marita Golden, Bernice McFadden, and editor Malaika Adero,
-Panel discussion featuring Marc Lamont Hill, Kevin Powell, and moderator April Silver

The annual Lifetime Achievement Awards–this year held on Friday, June 1–has honored such legends as Nikki Giovanni, Chinua Achebe, and Walter Mosley in the past. This year, supermodel Beverly Johnson will host honorees Ebony/JET magazines (presented to their editor-in-chief, Mitzi Miller) and author Marita Golden, co-founder of the Hurston-Wright Foundation.

On Saturday, June 2, the daylong festival at Temple University features panel discussions and workshops, a bookfair, street vendors, a kids’ pavilion, and a mainstage featuring a diverse array of talent.

Check out the full schedule at



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