The History and Future of Black Literature: A Black History Month Event

February 25, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

Featuring Khalisa Rae, Dexter L. Booth, Nordette Adams, Karisma Price, and Tée V. Smith, with conversation moderated by Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Red Hen Press is excited to bring this reading and conversation to your viewing screens!
Join us for a reading and conversation on the history and future of Black literature, especially in the context of the effect Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman is having on poetry and visibility in this country. Highlighting our partnership with the Peauxdunque Writer’s Alliance and our new Ann Petry Award, which awards book publication, a $3000 award, and a four-week residency at The Community Library’s Ernest and Mary Hemingway House in Ketchum, Idaho for a Black prose writer, we also bring in Khalisa Rae and Dexter L. Booth, two Black poets with forthcoming books from Red Hen Press, due out this spring.

We’re so excited for this collaboration and look forward to you joining us!

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February 25
3:00 pm
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Book Soup’s 1st Ever Best Books Of 2020: A Livestream Bookseller Conversation

What a year, right?
In celebration of Indies First, we’re going to check in with our staff (your favorite booksellers) for a virtual conversation about this crazy year and what we’ve been doing to get through it. We’ll talk about what it has been like to sell books during a pandemic, social justice movement, and particularly contentious election season.