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October 16, 2007
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CONTACT: Amy Lunday
Conference Oct. 24 27 will bring more than 100 writers
and scholars to Homewood
Poetry and fiction readings, lectures, conversations, and panel discussions will fill a conference celebrating 30 years of continuous publication of Callaloo, the premier African Diaspora literary journal published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. More than 100 of the nation's best- known creative writers, intellectuals, academics, and artists will gather Wednesday, Oct. 24, through Saturday, Oct. 27, on The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.
Hosted by the university's Center for Africana Studies, the conference will launch the journal into the next 30 years. Participating creative writers and scholars who will be reading and engaging in public discussions on writing creative texts and the culture from which they derive include Carole Boyce Davies, Lucille Clifton, Thadious Davis, Brent Edwards, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Thomas Glave, Farah Griffin, Trudier Harris, Yusef Komunyakaa, Wahneema Lubiano, John McCluskey, Mark Anthony Neal, Carl Phillips, Tracy K. Smith and Natasha Trethewey. Visitors seeking more information, including complete schedule of events and speakers, should go to the Africana Studies homepage, web.jhu.edu/africana/index.html, and click on "Callaloo 30th Anniversary Celebration."
Callaloo publishes original works by, and critical studies of, black writers worldwide. The journal offers a rich mixture of fiction, poetry, plays, critical essays, cultural studies, interviews and visual art. Frequent annotated bibliographies, special thematic issues, and original art and photography are some of the features of this highly acclaimed international showcase of arts and letters. The winter 2002 issue, "Jazz Poetics," was recognized by the Council of Editors for Learned Journals as one of the best special issues of 2002. Over the years, Callaloo has garnered high praise from noted authors and scholars, including Alex Haley, who said, "Callaloo ... is no less than a Mother Lode of outstanding Afro-American arts and letters," and Henry Louis Gates Jr., who said Callaloo is "without a doubt, the most elegantly edited journal of African and African-American literature being published today. Its geographical and linguistic range is as impressive as its range of coverage of so very many genres."
Several speakers and event moderators will be from Johns Hopkins, including Ben Vinson, professor of history and director of the Center for Africana Studies; Adam Falk, dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences; Neil Roberts, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science and Center for Africana Studies; Floyd Hayes a senior lecturer and member of the Center for Africana Studies; and representatives from the Johns Hopkins University Press.
The conference is co-sponsored by The Reginald F. Lewis Museum and The Enoch Pratt Free Library. For information, contact the Center for Africana Studies at 410-516-6166. Reporters wishing to attend and cover the conference should contact Amy Lunday at 443-287-9960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.