The African American Resource Center presents the

Tom Dent Literary Festival
November 6-8, 2003
at the
Main Library
219 Loyola Ave.

Free and Open to the Public

Thursday, November 6, 6:30 p.m. -- A Celebration of Poetry
  • Dillard University Professor Mona Lisa Saloy will discuss the "Relationship of Oral Lore to Contemporary African American Literature."
  • The New Orleans Tribune's Wilmarine Hurst will announce the winners of the "Langston Hughes Poetry Contest."

  • Photographs from the Event

  • Winning Poems from the Langston Hughes Poetry Contest

Friday, November 7, 10:30 a.m. -- Tales from the Yarn Factory

Friday, November 7, 6:30 p.m. -- Author Showcase
  • Colin Channer, founder of the International Calabash Literary Festival, will compare the similarities and differences between Caribbean and African American Literature.
  • Olympia Vernon is winning rave reviews for her debut novel, Eden. She will share the development of her novel and speak on contemporary Southern literature.
  • Omar Tyree, 2001 NAACP Image Award recipient for Literature, author of the best selling novel Flyy Girl, and godfather of urban griot stories, will discuss urban novels and their effect on American society.

Saturday, November 8, 2 p.m. -- The Tom Dent Forum
  • This year's Forum features emerging author, Kysha N. Brown, a widely anthologized poet and businesswoman. She will read her poetry and have it critiqued by UNO's Niyi Osundare and Tulane University's Dr. Filipe Smith.

  • Photographs from the Event

About Tom Dent

  • Poet, essayist, oral historian, dramatist, cultural activist, noted figure in the Black Arts movement
  • Born into a prominent New Orleans family; graduate of Morehouse College
  • Co-founded the Umbra Workshop and its poetry magazine, Umbra; Co-founded and directed New Orleans Free Southern Theatre; Co-founded the literary journal Callaloo
  • Wrote the controversial prose narrative The Ghetto of Desire; one act plays: Negro Study No. 34A and Snapshot; books: Magnolia Street, Blue Lights and River Songs, and Southern Journey.

Made possible with fund from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

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