ABOUT BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION and the NATIONAL BLACK WRITERS CONFERENCE presented by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY (Brooklyn, NY).
Black speculative fiction encompasses and blurs the genres of magical realism, futurism, horror, fantasy, paranormal, and mythology. These imaginative stories enable writers to create alternative and futuristic worlds, narratives rooted in traditional beliefs and spirituality, and compelling stories that center the Black experience. The stories also raise questions about colonialism, racism, identity, and gender.
At the 2023 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium (NBWC2023), students, writers, scholars, and readers will discuss the genre’s history and current state. This public gathering will feature interactive panel discussions, roundtable discussions, and opportunities for attendees to engage with fellow literature lovers from across the country.
The annual award presentation celebrates internationally acclaimed writers. Poet and fiction writer Sheree Renée Thomas and best-selling novelist Jewell Parker Rhodes are this year’s NBWC honorees and both will receive the Octavia E. Butler Award. Other confirmed participating writers include poet, fiction, and nonfiction writer Jewelle Gomez; fiction writer L. Penelope; and fiction writers and memoirists Tananarive Due and Wayétu Moore.
The core program for NBWC2023 will be in-person and will take place at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. Symposium highlights include a free Youth Day program, pre-symposium thematic events, interactive discussions, online and on-location Black booksellers, and more. Registration is required for all events (in-person and virtual).
Source: 2023 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium | Center4BlackLit