Celebrating the Hurston/Wright Awards

The mission of the Hurston/Wright Foundation is to discover, mentor, and honor Black writers, a mission the foundation fulfills in several ways. It provides workshops and classes to emerging and mid-career writers, offers readings to the public, and recognizes authors through awards programs.

In the past, Politics and Prose has worked with the foundation to facilitate literary programming. These programs have ranged from events with workshop instructors to classes led by Marita Golden, the foundation’s co-founder. Marking our fifth year of collaboration, we invite everyone to join us in congratulating the 2019 Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards nominees and attend a reading of their work on Thursday, October 17, at P&P’s store at The Wharf.

Since 2001, these awards have honored the best in Black literature. Selected in a juried competition, the awards were the first national prizes presented to Black writers by a national organization of Black writers. The talented authors appearing at this year’s celebratory reading at P&P include:

In fiction, Jamel Brinkley (A Lucky Man), Wayétu Moore (She Would Be King), Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black), and Nafissa Thompson-Spires (Heads of the Colored People).

In nonfiction, Imani Perry (May We Forever Stand), Kiese Laymon (Heavy), and Brittney Cooper (Eloquent Rage).

In poetry, Asiya Wadud (Crosslight for Youngbird), Kwoya Fagin Maples (Mend), and Chanda Feldman (Approaching the Fields).

A full list of nominees can be found on the Hurston/Wright website, and winners will be announced at the annual Legacy Awards celebration on October 18.

— Brad and Lissa