The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College is calling for papers for its 16th National Black Writers Conference that fit the theme, “The Beautiful Struggle, Black Writers Lighting the Way.”

Writers, scholars, literary professionals, students and the public will be able to gather virtually for next year’s conference to participate in and listen to roundtables and panels on the theme.

The conference will run from March 30 to April 2, 2022.

Honorees for NBWC 2022 are poet Tracy K. Smith, author Jacqueline Woodson, journalist Herb Boyd and scholar Eddie S. Glaude Jr., and the Center for Black Literature is calling for papers that fit with the honorees’ work.

It said themes for papers to examine include “The Beautiful Struggle” (persistence, resilience, and activism) as themes in the literature of Black writers and scholars throughout the African diaspora; and the ways in which themes regarding class, gender, race, power, identity and spirituality are represented in literature by Black writers and scholars throughout the African diaspora.

Papers are due Monday, Jan. 7 and an acceptance announcement will be made by Feb. 10. Writers can submit electronically an abstract of 300–500 words, a list of related references for the presentation and the thesis or question they will explore.

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