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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Ta-Nehisi Coates + Roxane Gay Enter the Writers’ Room, But Comics Still Need a Jolt of Diversity

by Valentino L. Zullo, Teaching Fellow, Kent State University and Ohio Center for the Book Scholar-in-Residence at Cleveland Public Library The Marvel universe is expanding once again -- - this time making history. At the San Diego Comic Con in July, Marvel announced a new World of Wakanda series, penned by “Bad Feminist” author Roxane Gay, making this the first time in 77 years of publishing that a black woman has written for the comic book giant.Sure, Marvel Comics has featured stories with powerful black female characters including Storm and Misty Knight (created by the local Cleveland author Tony Isabella), but not one has gotten her voice from a black female author. Are these recent developments truly progress?As an avid reader of comics, and a frequent apologist, I had to... Read More →

Join Us For “An Evening With Rita Dove And Friends” On September 14

Rita Dove is coming home. The former poet laureate and Akron native will return to the region that raised her to celebrate her new “Collected Poems” and for the 30th anniversary of her Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection, “Thomas and Beulah.” "An Evening with Rita Dove & Friends" serves as an intellectual appetizer for our 2016 awards ceremony, with jury chair Henry Louis Gates and all five 2016 winners — Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Mary Morris, Orlando Patterson, Lillian Faderman and Brian Seibert — scheduled to attend. Poet Toi Derricotte, who won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for “The Black Notebooks” in 1998, will introduce her friend to a hometown crowd.The evening is co-sponsored by Brews and Prose, the literary series.Published in 1986, “Thomas and... Read More →
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