The 2017 winners were announced on Monday, 4/10. Colson Whitehead won the fiction award for The Underground Railroad. The poetry honor was awarded to Tyehimba Jess for Olio. A full list can be found here. Congratulations to all of the winners!
On Wednesday, 4/12, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture announced it will be housing the papers of James Baldwin. The archives include manuscripts, notes, drafts, and even some correspondence from the likes of Nina Simone, William Styron, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Director of the Schomburg Center, Kevin Young, displayed his excitement on Twitter:
The three-day festival hosted thousands of literature lovers over the weekend. Ending on Sunday, 4/16, the fest featured panels on such subjects as education, feminism, and the water crises, as well as poetry, dramatic readings, and other artistic endeavors.
Bana al-Abed is a little girl who has gained a large following on Twitter as she, with an account managed by her mother, tweets her experiences in Syria throughout the devastating war. Recently signed by Simon & Schuster, her memoir Dear World is set to be released in the fall of 2017.
As the youngest grantee ever to win the Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge Award, the Detroit poet is planning on opening an open mic series for kids 12 and under. King came up with the idea after being involved in arts and poetry events with his mother, poet jessica Care more, that were primarily attended by adults only.
But wait, there’s more!
Here is our Video of the Week with Juan Felipe Herrera titled Can Poetry Change the World?
Laurel Dowswell is the Features Editor at Change Seven. Her short story “I Am theEggman” was nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. She was a copy editor for an independent feminist newspaper in Santa Fe, NM, after being raised and educated in Florida. She lives and writes in Georgia, just outside of Atlanta with her son. She is currently working on a novel filled with oil paintings, family drama, a lot of red wine, and the spectrum of sexuality. Follow her on twitter @laurels_idea.