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The Langston Hughes Festival at The City College of New York

Friday, November 20, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)

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Type End Quantity
3:00 Symposium
Limited Seating.
Ended Free  
6:00pm | Award Ceremony, with Lisa S. Coico, Jane Tillman Irving, Hilton Als and Toshi Reagon
General Admission.
Ended Free  

Event Details


Please join us as we present Jacqueline Woodson with the Langston Hughes Medal in the culminating event of the Langston Hughes Festival. Emceed by CBS Radio’s Jane Tillman Irving, the ceremony will include a reading by the honoree followed by a conversation with Hilton Als and a special performance by Toshi Reagon.

3:00 pm - Holding up Mirrors and Windows: A Symposium on the work of Jacqueline Woodson
Authors Bryan Collier, Rita Williams Garcia, Jason Reynolds and biographer Lois T. Stover discuss the importance and influence of Woodson's picture books, middle grade and young adult novels.  Moderated by City College professor Pam Laskin.
 
6:00 pm - Award Ceremony
Please join us as we present Jacqueline Woodson with the Langston Hughes Medal in the culminating event of the Langston Hughes Festival. Emceed by Jane Tillman Irving, the ceremony will include a reading by the honoree followed by a conversation with New Yorker writer Hilton Als and a special performance by Toshi Reagon.
 
Jacqueline Woodson is the author of Brown Girl Dreaming, and more than 30 books for children and young adults. Her recent books include the young adult novel Beneath a Meth Moon (2012) and Brown Girl Dreaming (2014), a novel in verse about Woodson's family and segregation in the South, which won a National Book Award and Coretta Scott King Award, and was named a Newbery Honor Book. In 2015 the Poetry Foundation named her Young People’s Poet Laureate.

 

The Medal is awarded to highly distinguished writers from the African American diaspora for their impressive works of poetry, fiction, drama, autobiography and critical essays that help to celebrate the memory and tradition of Langston Hughes. Established in 1978, the Langston Hughes Festival celebrates and expand upon the literary legacy of the poet laureate of Harlem, James Langston Hughes.

 



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The City College of New York
Aaron Davis Hall
Convent Ave (between 133rd & 135th Sts.)
New York, NY 10031

Friday, November 20, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)


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The Langston Hughes Festival at The City College of New York

Our Mission

The Langston Hughes Festival has been in existence since 1978.  Its mission is to celebrate and expand upon the literary legacy of the poet laureate of Harlem, James Langston Hughes .  We award the Langston Hughes Medal to the most distinguished writers associated with the African diaspora.  The medal is presented as the culmination of a day of salons, scholarly conferences and symposia in celebration of the legacy of Langston Hughes, as well as a creative performance in tribute to the honoree and an interview of and reading by the honoree. We also sponsor a Choral Speaking Festival for students grade K through 12.

The Medal

The Langston Hughes Medal is awarded to highly distinguished writers from throughout the African American diaspora for their impressive works of poetry, fiction, drama, autobiography and critical essays that help to celebrate the memory and tradition of Langston Hughes. Each year, the LHF’s Advisory Committee reviews the work of major black writers from Africa to America whose work is accessed as likely having a lasting impact on world literature. Past award winners include James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Morrison, August Wilson, Wole Soyinka, Derek Walcott, Octavia Butler, and Edwidge Danticat. Writers selected for this award receive the Langton Hughes Medal, an honorarium and an invitation to attend the Langston Hughes Festival Award Ceremony in the Marian Anderson Theatre at Aaron Davis Hall at The City College of New York in Harlem.

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