The Black American Writers Series is a partnership between Black American Studies, The Bert C. Bach Written Word Initiative, and the Department of Literature & Language. The interdisciplinary series is set in the heart of Black American Studies, a major interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts & Sciences. This series brings noteworthy essayists, poets, writers, journalists, historians, and others to the campus of East Tennessee State University to highlight and spotlight the contributions of Black American Writers.
Black American Writers Series Working Group
- Dr. Daryl A. Carter, Associate Dean, Director/Black American Studies, Professor of History
- Dr. Jesse Graves, Professor of Literature & Language, Director/Bert C. Back Written Word Initiative
- Dr. Jennifer Price, Assistant Dean/Outreach & Recruitment
- Dr. Alan Holmes, Associate Dean and Professor of Literature & Language
- Dr. Daniel Westover, Chair/Literature & Language and Professor of Literature & Language
- Dr. Heather Hoover, George and Janet Arnold Chair of Humanities, Milligan University
Black American Writers Series 2022-2023
The Black American Studies Program, Art & Design’s Slocumb Galleries, and Bert C. Bach Written Word Initiative are proud to present internationally recognized poet Nikki Giovanni. Her works, such as Black Feeling, Black Talk / Black Judgement, Bicycles: Love Poems, and Those Who Ride the Night Winds, have made her one of America’s most important voices on the Black experience since the late 1960s. Giovanni will visit ETSU on Tuesday, September 20 at 6 pm in the Brown Hall Auditorium. A Q&A and book signing will follow the reading. This event is free and open to ETSU community and the general public. For more information, contact Professor Daryl Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black American Writers Series 2021-2022
Black American Studies presents Tyree Daye, poet and educator at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Daye will be joining us for a day of celebrating Black writers on September 8, 2021. He will begin with his craft talk on "Nina Simone and Tone" at 2 pm in the Cave and finish the day with a poetry reading from his latest book, Cardinal, in the Culp Auditorium at 7 pm. Both events are free and open to the public with a book signing to follow.Additional support provided by the Bert C. Bach Written Word Initiative and the Department of Literature and Language.