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Young Gifted Local Poets To Grace The Stage At September’s Anisfield-Wolf Ceremony

One highlight of the annual Anisfield-Wolf awards ceremony is listening as a gifted local student reads aloud a poem of her or his own making. Last year, second-grader Isabella Rodriguez commanded a rapt audience with "Home," a remarkable work that begins “Suppose there is a city in the Buddha’s lap and his knees are the mountains singing.” Her work was captured by the Traveling Stanzas project, a community arts project led by Wick Poetry Center and Kent State University's Glyphix design studio. Community members and visitors to Northeast Ohio can see the beautifully designed posters "traveling" our region on Cleveland Rapid Transit Authority vehicles, as well as on Portage County's PARTA. Watch this arresting, one-minute video treatment of Isabella reading her poem, with... Read More →

Did You Miss The Anisfield-Wolf Award Ceremony? Don’t Miss The Repeat Broadcast

We know how much of an honor it is to be able to dedicate a night of our lives to the power of books. Not just any books, but the kind of books that make you think, that give you new information to digest, that force you to see the world a bit differently once you finish reading the last sentence.  This year's ceremony was a must-see, and if you weren't able to get tickets (they sold out in record time this year), if you weren't able to watch it as it was broadcast live here at anisfield-wolf.org or at ideastream.org, you are in luck! This year there will be a number of additional chances to watch the broadcast on TV. Check out the dates and times below to see when you might be able to watch the ceremony in full on the Ohio Channel (statewide across Ohio) or on WVIZ/PBS Ohio (digital... Read More →

Bright, Poised Cleveland Third-Grader Dazzles Anisfield-Wolf Crowd With Powerful Poem

Isabella Rodriguez, a third-grader from Cleveland's Walls Elementary School, joined us on Thursday during the Anisfield-Wolf ceremony to recite for us the poem she wrote as part of Traveling Stanzas, a collaborative project between Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center and Glyphix design studio. Her teacher, Nicole Robinson, was also in attendance, as was Isabella’s proud mother, Natasha Rodriguez, and her stepfather, Matthew Carroll. Take a minute to read her poem, "Home," and leave a comment for Isabella. We'll make sure she sees it! Read More →

VIDEO: Anisfield-Wolf Award Winners Reflect On The Importance Of Talking About Race

As we are furiously preparing for our awards ceremony in a few weeks, we found this video, taped for our 70th anniversary. In it, James McBride (The Color of Water), Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (Random Family) and jury chair Henry Louis Gates, among others, share their appreciation for an award that highlights the importance of talking about race. Watch the video above and let us know in the comments what you think.  Read More →

5 Things You Don’t Know About The Anisfield-Wolf Ceremony

Each year we recognize several authors for their contributions to the ongoing conversation about race and diversity in the world. In September, each of our winners makes the trek to Cleveland for the awards ceremony, for our audience to meet these esteemed authors in person and to hear them read their works. It's a hot ticket in town but does the public know much about the ceremony itself? We talked to Mary Louise Hahn, consultant to Cleveland Foundation for the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and she gave us (and you!) insight into the process:  1. How long does it take for us to prep for the awards ceremony every year? It takes us about three months to work out all the logistics, with several colleagues, PlayhouseSquare, ideastream and Colortone professionals involved. 2. How many AW... Read More →
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