December 2, 2023

The festival is an initiative of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Centre and Howard University, and will take place from September 26-29, 2023.

By Hope Ibiale

The organisers of the International Black Writers Festival have announced the timeline for the 2023 edition. The festival is an initiative of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Centre and Howard University. The event will take place from September 26-29, 2023, and will feature writers, academics, artists, and critics worldwide, as they engage in conversations around the theme of the festival, “Why We Gather: Toward Building a Black University.” 

In addition, the organisers will push for participants and attendees to reflect upon the 1968 Toward a Black University Conference. Festival activities will also include readings, panel discussions, workshops, and performances that cover a wide range of topics.

International Black Writers Festival Afrocritik
International Black Writers Festival

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Scheduled writers set to make presentations include Panashe Chigumadzi, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Mitchell Esajas, Mukoma wa Ngugi, Jonathan Gray, Jacqueline Woodson, Kwame Alexander, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Walter Mosley, Sonja Woods, Kimberly Brown-Pellum, Arlisha Norwood Alston, Anton D. House, and many others.

The International Black Writers Festival is a literary event that celebrates and showcases the works of Black writers from around the world. It provides a platform for writers, poets, authors, and other literary professionals to come together and share their stories, insights, and experiences. 


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  • This is one event of black intellectuals and academics I wouldn’t want to miss. Coincidentally I’m in the US at that time, but scheduled to return to South Africa the day this event starts. I’m now trying to see if I can external my return flight to 30 September.

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