Monday, June 13, 8:30 AM–5:00 PM

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Black Arts Movement and the 20th anniversary of Cave Canem, a day-long symposium featuring two panels and a Master Class in children’s literature. This event is co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library’s O.B. Hardison Poetry Series, PEN/Faulkner Foundation, We Need Diverse Books, and Cave Canem Foundation.

  • 8:30AM – 12:30PM: Master Class featuring Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, and other faculty members, Jason Low, publisher at Lee & Low Books; Jennifer Brown, publisher at Knopf Books for Young Readers, a Penguin Random House imprint; and Cassandra Pelham, senior editor at Graphix, a Scholastic imprint. *Master Class open only to accepted applicants.
  • 2:00PM – 3:30PM: Panel One: “Writing Across Genre,”featuring Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Tony Medina, and Marilyn Nelson, moderated by Marita Golden
  • 3:30PM – 5:00PM: Panel Two: “Organizing Founders,” featuring Michael Datcher, Toi Derricotte, and Sharan Strange, moderated by Joanne Gabbin

Evening events to follow at the Folger Shakespeare Theater.

Location: LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394