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Monthly Archives: April 2020

Anisfield-Wolf Winning Authors Nab Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

Four Anisfield-Wolf Book Award-winning authors — including two from our 2020 class — took home hardware from this year's Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The annual springtime awards ceremony was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, so winners took to their cameras to deliver acceptance speeches, now posted on YouTube.   Namwali Serpell won the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, for her sprawling Zambian novel, "The Old Drift." Hunkered down in her home, Serpell spoke on the need to continue to create. "These are dark times, yes, but that darkness, that void is a break from business as usual," she remarked in her video. "A crack out of which maybe a revolution will emerge. It feels impossible to do anything except survive right now, but I say art is survival too. So I... Read More →

“We Are Radical Monarchs” Documentary Shows Young Girls Taking Flight In The Social Justice Realm

A photo of the inaugural class of Radical Monarchs "I was meant to be here," 11-year-old Amia said as she twirled around the state capitol building in Sacramento, California.  On a field trip with roughly a dozen other members of the Radical Monarchs, a social justice troop based out of Oakland, California, Amia's enthusiasm was captured in the riveting 2019 documentary, "We Are the Radical Monarchs."  Directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Linda Goldstein Knowlton, it follows the troop's co-founders Anayvette Martinez and Marilyn Hollinquest over the first three years as they work to build curriculum, raise funds and add additional chapters. The troop's origin was personal to Martinez, whose 10-year-old daughter Lupita came to her in fifth grade with a desire to join Girl Scouts. A... Read More →

New Exhibition Pulls Local Community Into The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award Canon

Cleveland photographer Amanda King took this photo, "What's Next," as part of the Inter|Urban public art project. Her work was inspired by Isabel Wilkerson's "Warmth of Other Suns" and was one of the pieces selected as a reflection prompt in this year's exhibiton. An innovative virtual exhibition at Case Western Reserve University selects and showcases new local responses to Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards writing. Sponsored by the Cleveland Humanities Collaborative, the exhibition features 10 new poems and essays responding to prompts from the Anisfield-Wolf award-winning canon. Students and faculty from area universities created their own work based in Tracy K. Smith ("Wade in the Water"), Jesmyn Ward ("Sing, Unburied, Sing"), Tommy Orange ("There There") and Martin Luther King... Read More →

Kamden Hilliard Named Second Anisfield-Wolf Fellow At Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Kamden Hilliard — a poet who has lived in Hawai’i, southern California, New York City, Hong Kong, Iowa and South Carolina over their 26 years — will be the second Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Writing and Editing.  Hilliard was chosen from among more than 100 applicants. The poet, who uses “they, them, their” pronouns, has yet to see Cleveland. That will happen when they start the two-year fellowship in August at the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. The new fellow will succeed Leila Chatti, whose first book “Deluge” arrives from Copper Canyon Press April 21. The poets have friends in common but have yet to meet. The fellowship combines writing, editing and community engagement. “I was born in California to military parents,” Hilliard writes in their application.... Read More →
  • 2020 Winners Celebration Announcement

    2020 Winners to be Celebrated Oct. 1st in Televised Special

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