Chicago Quarterly Review: Anthology of Black American Literature Group Reading
Much-honored and -awarded Seattle novelist, philosopher, essayist, literary scholar, short-story writer, cartoonist, illustrator, children’s book author, emeritus University of Washington professor Dr. Charles Johnson has of late also served as guest editor for the Chicago Quarterly Review and its newest issue, an Anthology of Black American Literature.
For this evening’s virtual program, eight contributors are expected to read prose and poems: Cyrus Cassells, Louis Chude-Sokei, Peter J. Harris, Le Van D. Hawkins, David Nicholson, Sharyn Skeeter, and Clifford Thompson, along with Charles Johnson himself. They are among the more than twenty-five writers who have work included, among them Rita Dove, E. Ethelbert Miller, Jeffrey Renard Allen, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Key to this all is the role of Charles Johnson, who, for all the distinctions and kudos that have come his way, the many splendid books he’s written, we will always be grateful to for being part of our very first author reading series in the fall of 1984. Also to say, that along the way, part of what he’s done, as he’s doing here, is help showcase the work of others writers, particularly those just beginning, or not so widely known.