Monday, October 10, 2011
CELEBRATING AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
Penn State is the host to a biennial conference on African American Literature that has been gathering a growing base of scholars and writers. This year's theme was "Race and Sexual Identity." The first day featured readings and performances by E. Patrick Johnson, Sharon Bridgforth (who had been the subject of a talk I'd heard just before at the TILTS symposium in Austin) and Randall Kenan. As at the last conference, I organized the theory panel and we had provocative presentations by Maisha Wester and Evie Shockley.