Voices of the Rainbow Reading Series -- Schedule -- Spring 2014

Edwidge Danticat
Starting from Paumanok (Annual Lecture on American Literature & Culture)
Tuesday February 25, 6:30 p.m.
Kumble Theater (Humanities Building, First Floor)
Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and immigrated Brooklyn when she was twelve. She has written numerous novels, short story collections, and non-fiction books. Her most recent novel is Claire of the Sea Light. She is the winner of many prizes including the American Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a MacArthur Fellows Program Genius Grant. Co-funded by the John McGrath Fund, the Mellon Fund, LIU Brooklyn’s English Department, Voices of the Rainbow, Gender Studies Program, LACS, and the Africana Studies Program. 

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Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts                                           
Wednesday February 26, noon
Health Sciences Building, Room 121

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts is originally from Houston, Texas. She is the author of Harlem is Nowhere, names a notable book by the New York Times in 2011. The book examines the myth and meaning of Harlem's legacy.

Evie Shockley &  Cheryl Boyce Taylor
Wednesday March 5, 11a.m.
Health Sciences Building, Room 121

Evie Shockley, born in Nashville, Tennessee, teaches at Rutgers University. She is the author of four volumes of poety. The latest, The New Black, received the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

Cheryl Boyce Taylor
was born in Trinidad. She is the author of three volumes of poetry, including Convincing the Body. She has performed her poetry all over the U.S., Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.

Ayana Mathis
Tuesday April 1, noon

Health Sciences Building, Room 121

Ayana Mathis lives and writes in Brooklyn. Her first novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, was a New York Times bestseller and a 2013 New York Times Notable Book. It was a selection for Oprah's Book Club. The novel tells the story of one unforgettable family during the Great Migration of Blacks to the North beginning in 1910.

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