Photo Gallery: “Playwrights and Screenwriters at the Crossroads”

Photo Gallery: National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium 2019

“Playwrights and Screenwriters at the Crossroads” & Tribute to Ntozake Shange

Saturday, March 23, 2019; 11 AM – 7:00 PM

Program Schedule

Symposium Description

The 2019 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium, “Playwrights and Screenwriters at the Crossroads,” was a public gathering of writers, scholars, literary professionals, performers, students, and the general public. It was a forum for examining the trends and themes addressed by Black playwrights and filmmakers; showcased the work of Black playwrights and screenwriters; and paid tribute to Ntozake Shange, Obie Award-winning renowned poet, playwright, and novelistIfa Bayeza, playwright, producer, novelist, and sister of Ntozake Shange is the featured speaker.

The Symposium continued the conversation generated at the 14th National Black Writers Conference: “Gathering at the Waters, Healing, Legacy and Activism in the Literature of Black Writers.” Roundtable discussions and a town hall forum that focused on how race, politics, and popular culture influence literary writing, playwriting, and screenwriting on the stage and screen.   Speakers include Keith Josef AdkinsAmina HenryLadee HubbardTracie MorrisShaun NeblettMarlon Rice, and Aurin Squire among others.

Read bios of participants here.