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African American Authors and the Kelly Writers House

February 9, 2011
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Jamaica Kincaid

Since 1995, the Kelly Writers House has been a center for writers and writing that showcases writers of merit and provides a space on campus for an interaction of published authors and students with an aspiration in the medium.

June Jordan

As an extension of this program, the Writers House also boasts the Writers House Fellows, which encourages sustained contact with accomplished authors in an informal atmosphere.  In this regard, three writers of eminence are showcased each year for two days, wherein a reading of the authors work takes place, as well as a brunch and question and answer session that is broadcast worldwide in KWH-TV.

Charles Fuller

Since its inception in 1999, thirty seven authors have been showcased.  Of this number, five authors have been of African American descent: John Edgar Wideman, James Alan McPherson, Charles Fuller, June Jordan, and Jamaica Kincaid. To comply with the university diversity statement and to address a void for non-white students, an initiative to have at least one non -white writer as a fellow each year would demonstrate a marked focus on diversity.

David Jackson, LPS

 

James Alan McPherson

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