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On Saturday, April 27, 2019, The Antiracist Research and Policy Center will host the 1st Annual National Antiracist Book Festival at American University in Washington, DC. It will take place on AU’s Law School campus near the Tenleytown-AU metro station on the red line. Nearby Politics and Prose Bookstore will be the official bookseller.

The #Antiracist Bookfest is the first and only book festival that brings together, showcases, and celebrates the nation’s leading antiracist writers and helps to prepare the writers of tomorrow. This year's festival primarily features authors of anti-Black racism and its intersections. Panels are topically organized with two authors and a moderator, and are followed by book signings. There is also a course of workshops for aspiring writers with leading book editors and literary agents. Free workshops will be held for educators and youth, and on photography and self-care.

The National Antiracist Book Festival is a ticketed event. All proceeds from ticket sales for the Antiracist Bookfest will go toward the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.

Media Contact: Event is by RSVP. Media members are required to RSVP with Rebecca Basu, American University Communications, 202-885-5950, basu@american.edu


National Book Critics Circle Award winning historian Carol Anderson

National Magazine Award winning reporter Shane Bauer

Bancroft Prize winning Yale historian David Blight

"Must-read" new author Austin Channing Brown

Critically acclaimed essayist and sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom

New York Times bestselling author Robin DiAngelo

National Book Award Finalist Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Well-Read Black Girl Founder Glory Edim

Award-winning Harvard historian Elizabeth Hinton

Award-winning Harvard education professor Anthony Abraham Jack

New York Times bestselling author Morgan Jerkins

Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tyehimba Jess

Award-winning John Hopkins historian Martha Jones

Award-winning UC Berkeley historian Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers

National Book Award winning historian Ibram X. Kendi

Award-winning UGA education professor Bettina L. Love

Award-winning Washington Post editor Steve Luxenberg

Nationally renowned Campaign Zero Co-Founder DeRay McKesson

Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Jonathan M. Metzl

Columbia University writer-in-residence Darnell Moore

New York Times bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo

Award-winning Princeton scholar Imani Perry

New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds

Award-winning poet and writer Clint Smith

National Book Award honoree Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

PEN Open Book Award winner Nafissa Thompson-Spires

The Witness President Jemar Tisby

New York Times bestselling author D. Watkins

National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Jacqueline Woodson

Very Smart Brothas Cofounder Damon Young


Rasha Abdulhadi, Executive Director, Split This Rock

Marcia Chatelain, Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Angela J. Davis, Professor of Law, American University

Rev. Ronald W. Galvin, Jr., Covenant Baptist UCC Church

Alicia Garza, Principal, Black Futures Lab and Co-Creator, #BlackLivesMatter

Wesley Lowery, National Reporter, The Washington Post

Vann R. Newkirk II, Staff Writer, The Atlantic

Lonnae O'Neal, Senior Writer, The Undefeated

Christopher Petrella, The Antiracist Research & Policy Center

Christine Platt, The Antiracist Research & Policy Center

Bridget Todd, Host, AFROPUNK

Vanessa Williams, National Reporter, The Washington Post


Anthony Arnove, Founding Editor, Haymarket Books

Georgia Bodnar, Editor, Viking Books, Penguim Random House

Carl Bromley, Editorial Director, The New Press

Jaya Chatterjee, Editor, Yale University Press

Chris Jackson, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, One World/Random House

Marita Golden, Award-winning writer and writing coach

Rachael Marks, Editor, Beacon Press

Tanya McKinnon, Co-Founder, McKinnon McIntyre Literary Agency

Katy O'Donnell, Senior Editor, Bold Type Books, Hachette Book Group

Ayesha Pande, Ayesha Pande Literary

Tracy Sherrod, Editorial Director, Amistad, HarperCollins Publishers

Anjali Singh, Ayesha Pande Literary

Howard Yoon, Ross Yoon Agency


9 a.m.

On the history and persistence of racism in the Christian church with Jemar Tisby and Austin Channing Brown moderated by Rev. Ronald W. Galvin, Jr. Grossman Hall A.

Jemar Tisby is the author of the critically acclaimed new book, THE COLOR OF COMPROMISE: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE AMERICAN CHURCH’S COMPLICITY IN RACISM. It is an acclaimed, timely narrative of how people of faith have historically--up to the present day--worked against racial justice, and a call for urgent action by all Christians today in response. Tisby is president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, and the cohost of the Pass The Mic podcast. His writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and CNN.

Austin Channing Brown is the author of the widely acclaimed book, I'M STILL HERE: BLACK DIGNITY IN A WORLD MADE FOR WHITENESS. From a powerful new voice on racial justice, I'M STILL HERE is an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America. The book has been featured in Religion News Service, On Being, Chicago Tribune, Shondaland, Popsugar, Relevant, BitchMedia, WNYC and more. Brown has worked with nonprofits, churches, and universities for the advancement of racial justice and reconciliation, and her writing can be found in Sojourners Magazine and Relevant Magazine, among other outlets.

Rev. Ronald W. Galvin, Jr., has committed his life’s work to community building, community organizing, and social change. He is a minister at Covenant Baptist UCC Church in Southeastern Washington, DC. He helps run the Sunday school and has worked closely with Pastor Dennis Wiley to help relaunch the ChristAfrican Theological Institute, an innovative collaboration between the church, community, and university settings convened for the purpose of improving the lives of Black folks. He currently works at the Center for Community Change in Washington, DC where he serves as Sr. Advisor on the Center’s Economic Justice Team.

On the production of Whiteness with Robin DiAngelo and Jonathan M. Metzl moderated by Christopher Petrella. Grossman Hall B.

Robin DiAngelo is the author of WHITE FRAGILITY: WHY IT’S SO HARD FOR WHITE PEOPLE TO TALK ABOUT RACISM, a New York Times bestseller. This book explores the counterproductive reactions White people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer on issues of racial and social justice for more than over 20 years. She formerly served as a tenured professor of multicultural education at Westfield State University.

Jonathan M. Metzl is the author of DYING OF WHITENESS: HOW THE POLITICS OF RACIAL RESENTMENT IS KILLING AMERICA’S HEARTLAND, which was named by the Boston Globe and Esquire as one of the most anticipated books of 2019. The book shows that while many lower and middle-class White Americans are drawn to politicians who pledge to make their lives great again, the policies of their politicians are actually placing White Americans at ever-greater risk of sickness and death. Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II professor of sociology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University and director of its Center for Medicine, Health, and Society. A 2008 Guggenheim fellow, He is the author of several books and a prominent expert on gun violence and mental illness.

Christopher Petrella is the Director of Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships for the Antiracist Research & Policy Center and teaches in the Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative at American University. Petrella has played a leading role in developing political education curricula for Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp. Petrella’s work has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, NBC News, The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Boston Review, GQ, and NPR. His current book project, CRIMES OF THIS GUILTY LAND: HISTORIES OF WHITE SUPREMACY IN NEW ENGLAND (Haymarket), challenges the way white New England narrates itself as an imagined community of racial piety over and against the U.S. South.

10 a.m.

On homophobia, transphobia, and their intersections with racism with Darnell Moore and TBA. Grossman Hall A

Darnell L. Moore is the author of NO ASHES IN THE FIRE: COMING OF AGE BLACK AND FREE IN AMERICA, a New York Times Notable Book of 2018. Moore is the head of Strategy and Programs at BreakthroughUS. He is also a columnist at LogoTV.com and NewNowNext.com, and a former editor at large at CASSIUS and senior editor at Mic, where he hosted their widely viewed digital series The Movement. He writings have been published in Ebony, Advocate, Vice, Guardian and MSNBC. Moore is a writer-in-residence at the Center of African American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice at Columbia University.

On new research on enslavers, runaways, and women with Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers moderated by Vanessa Williams. Grossman Hall B.

Erica Armstong Dunbar is the author of NEVER CAUGHT: THE WASHINGTONS’ RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF THEIR RUNAWAY SLAVE, ONA JUDGE, a finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction. Dunbar is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University. She also serves as Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Her first book, A FRAGILE FREEDOM: AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN AND EMANCIPATION IN THE ANTEBELLUM CITY, was published in 2008.

Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers is the author of the widely reviewed and acclaimed new book, THEY WERE HER PROPERTY: WHITE WOMEN AS SLAVE OWNERS IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, based on her award-winning dissertation. It is a bold and searing investigation into the role of White women in the American slave economy that profoundly reshapes the history of slavery. Jones-Rogers is a historian at the University of California, Berkeley.

Vanessa Williams is a staff writer on the National desk at The Washington Post, where she writes about politics through the lens of race and gender. Williams joined The Post in 1996 as a reporter covering D.C. government. She has also been an editor on the Metro and National desks. Before joining the Post, Williams was a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she covered local and state government and politics. A graduate of Florida State University, Williams began her journalism career at her hometown newspaper, The St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) in Florida. Williams is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists, of which she served as president from 1997-1999.

11 a.m.

On the lives of urban low-income Black people with Damon Young and D. Watkins moderated by Vann R. Newkirk. Grossman Hall A.

Damon Young is the author of the new book, WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU MAKES YOU BLACKER: A MEMOIR IN ESSAYS, a provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the ever-shifting definitions of what it means to be Black (and male) in America. Young is the cofounder and editor in chief of VerySmartBrothas, a senior editor at The Root, and a columnist for GQ. His work has appeared in outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, Slate, Salon, The Guardian (UK), New York magazine, Jezebel, Complex, EBONY, Essence, USA Today, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

D. Watkins is the author of the new book, WE SPEAK FOR OURSELVES: A WORD FROM FORGOTTEN BLACK AMERICA. From the row houses of Baltimore to the stoops of Brooklyn, Watkins lays bare the voices of the most vulnerable and allows their raw, intimate stories to uncover the systematic injustice threaded within our society. D. Watkins is editor-at-large for Salon and the New York Times bestselling author of THE COOK UP and THE BEAST SIDE. He’s a professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. His work has been published in The New York Times, Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications.

Vann R. Newkirk II is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers politics and policy. Vann is also a co-founder of and contributing editor for Seven Scribes, a website and community dedicated to promoting young writers and artists of color. In his work, Vann has covered health policy and civil rights, voting rights in Virginia, environmental justice, and the confluence of race and class in American politics throughout history, and the evolution of black identity.

On the contours and impact of racism and sexism on Black women, popular culture, and society with Morgan Jerkins and Tressie Cottom moderated by Bridget Todd. Grossman Hall B.

Morgan Jerkins is author of THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING: LIVING AT THE INTERSECTION OF BLACK, FEMALE, AND FEMINIST IN (WHITE) AMERICA, a New York Times bestseller. Jerkins’ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a Black woman today. Jerkins is a former Associate Editor at Catapult and currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s MFA Nonfiction program. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, and ELLE, among many others.

Tressie McMillan Cottom is the author of the new book, THICK: AND OTHER ESSAYS, a book recommended by New York Times, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Book Riot, BuzzFeed, BUST, Lit Hub, The Millions, and Well-Read Black Girl. THICK waxes poetically on self and society, serving up a healthy portion of clever prose and southern aphorisms as she covers everything from Saturday Night Live, LinkedIn, and BBQ Becky to sexual violence, infant mortality, and Trump rallies. Cottom is a sociologist at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been featured by the Washington Post, NPR’s Fresh Air, The Daily Show, the New York Times, Slate, and The Atlantic, among others outlets.

12 p.m.

On sharing and complicating the stories of Black women with Imani Perry and Glory Edim moderated by Lonnae O'Neal. Grossman Hall A.

Imani Perry is the author of LOOKING FOR LORRAINE: THE RADIANT AND RADICAL LIFE OF LORRAINE HANSBERRY, the winner of the 2019 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography and a New York Times Notable Book of 2018. Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she also teaches in the Programs in Law and Public Affairs, and in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of several books, including VEXY THING: ON GENDER AND LIBERATION and MAY WE FOREVER STAND: A HISTORY OF THE BLACK NATIONAL ANTHEM.

Glory Edim is the author of WELL-READ BLACK GIRL: FINDING OUR STORIES, DISCOVERING OURSELVES, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. It is an inspiring collection of essays by Black women writers, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature. Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood that has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, and NPR, among other outlets. In fall 2017 she organized the first-ever Well-Read Black Girl Festival. She has worked as a creative strategist for over ten years at startups and cultural institutions.

Lonnae O’Neal is a senior writer at The Undefeated, specializing in the intersection of race, sports and culture. In 2016, she was a top ten winner in the Associated Press Sports Editors contest and was cited in the Notable Sports Writing list in the annual The Best American Sports Writing book. Prior to joining The Undefeated, she was a Pulitzer Prize-nominated Washington Post reporter and columnist for two decades, during which her recognition included the 2016 first-place winner of the Society for Features Journalism award for excellence in commentary. In 2000, O’Neal won the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism award for distinguished work in the coverage of race and ethnicity in America. That same year, her feature story “White Girl” was the subject of a special broadcast of ABC’s “Nightline.” She is author of I’M EVERY WOMAN: REMIXED STORIES OF MARRIAGE, MOTHERHOOD AND WORK.

On hope, resistance, and redemption in the face of White Supremacy with DeRay McKesson and Margaret Wilkerson Sexton moderated by Wesley Lowery. Grossman Hall B.

DeRay Mckesson is the author of ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM: THE CASE FOR HOPE, named one of the best books of 2018 by NPR and Esquire. The book is a meditation on resistance, justice, and freedom, and an intimate portrait of a movement from the front lines. McKesson is a civil rights activist, community organizer, and the host of Crooked Media's award-winning podcast, Pod Save the People. He came to prominence for his participation in, and documentation of, the Ferguson protests and the movement against police violence and mass incarceration. Named one of Time's 30 Most Influential People on the Internet and #11 on Fortune's World's Greatest Leaders list, he is leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and the co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence.

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton is the author of A KIND OF FREEDOM: A NOVEL, a 2017 National Book Award nominee and winner of the Crook’s Corner Prize. Sexton's debut novel was named one of the Best Books of 2017 by the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Ebony, BBC Culture, Southern Living, and Chicago Public Library. It explores the legacy of racism in the South through a poignant and redemptive family history. Born and raised in New Orleans, Sexton studied creative writing at Dartmouth College and law at UC Berkeley. She was a recipient of the Lombard Fellowship and spent a year in the Dominican Republic working for a civil rights organization and writing.

Wesley Lowery is a Pulitzer Prize-winning national correspondent covering law enforcement, race and justice for The Washington Post and an on-air contributor for CNN. He has been the paper's lead reporter covering police shootings and the Black Lives Matter protest movement. His work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and Sports Illustrated. His first book, the New York Times bestseller THEY CAN'T KILL US ALL: FERGUSON, BALTIMORE, AND A NEW ERA IN AMERICA'S RACIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT was awarded the 2017 Christopher Isherwood prize for autobiographical prose by the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.

1 p.m.

On opening up the racial dialogue with Ijeoma Oluo and Nafissa Thompson-Spires. Grossman Hall A.

Ijeoma Oluo is the author of SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE, a New York Times bestseller. She guides readers of all races through a wide range of subjects in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism. Oluo is a Seattle-based writer and speaker whose work on race has been featured in The Guardian, New York magazine, xoJane, Jezebel, and more. She is also an editor-at-large at The Establishment. She was named one of the The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017, one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, and winner of the of the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society.

Nafissa Thompson-Spires is the author of HEADS OF COLORED PEOPLE: STORIES, nominated for the National Book Award. It was a PEN Open Book Award Winner, finalist for the Kirkus Prize and Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and nominated for the Aspen Words Literary Prize and PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. This book of short stories fearlessly shines a light on the simmering tensions and precariousness of Black citizenship. She earned a doctorate in English from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois. Her work has appeared in Story Quarterly, Lunch Ticket, and The Feminist Wire, among other publications. She was a 2016 fellow of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop.

On racism's strangehold on American democracy and antiracist resistance for survival with Carol Anderson and Ibram X. Kendi moderated by Alicia Garza. Grossman Hall B.

Carol Anderson is the author of ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: HOW VOTER SUPPRESSION IS DESTROYING OUR DEMOCRACY, a finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction and National Book Award for Nonfiction nominee. The book is a startling--and timely--history of voter suppression in America. Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. She is also the author of WHITE RAGE, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, BOURGEOIS RADICALS, and EYES OFF THE PRIZE. She was recently named a Guggenheim Fellow for Constitutional Studies.

Ibram X. Kendi is the author of the forthcoming book, HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST, and STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF RACIST IDEAS IN AMERICA, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction. He is the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. A professor of history and international relations and frequent public speaker, Kendi is a columnist at The Atlantic. He is also the author of The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize.

Alicia Garza is an internationally recognized organizer, writer, and public speaker. In 2018, Garza founded the Black Futures Lab, which works to make Black people powerful in politics. Currently, as the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Garza works to build power, placing domestic workers at the forefront of the movement we need to change the domestic work industry and to build an economy that places people over profits. With Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, Garza created the Black Lives Matter Movement and Global Network, with 40 chapters in 4 countries. Garza's writing and work has been featured in Time, Mic, Marie Claire, The Guardian, Elle.com, Essence Magazine, and The New York Times. She has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2017 Sydney Peace Prize, Fortune Magazine 2016 World’s Greatest Leaders, and she was a member of the 2016 Tribunal of the US Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission held at the United Nations.

2 p.m.

On the endurance of mass incarceration with Elizabeth Hinton and Shane Bauer moderated by Angela J. Davis. Grossman Hall A.

Elizabeth Hinton is the author of FROM THE WAR ON POVERTY TO THE WAR ON CRIME: THE MAKING OF MASS INCARCERATION, the co-winner of the Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize. It was named one of the most notable or favorite books of 2016 by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Choice, and Publishers Weekly. Hinton examines the implementation of federal law enforcement programs beginning in the mid-1960s that made the United States home to the largest prison system in world history. Hinton is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department History and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

Shane Bauer is the author of AN AMERICAN PRISON: A REPORTER'S UNDERCOVER JOURNEY INTO THE BUSINESS OF PUNISHMENT, which the New York Times named one of the 10 Best Books of 2018. It was one of President Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2018. AN AMERICAN PRISON is a ground-breaking and brave inside reckoning with the nexus of prison and profit in America: in one Louisiana prison and over the course of our country's history. Bauer is a senior reporter for Mother Jones. He is the recipient of the National Magazine Award for Best Reporting, Harvard's Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, Atlantic Media's Michael Kelly Award, the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, and at least 20 others. Bauer is the co-author, along with Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal, of a memoir, A Sliver of Light, which details his time spent as a prisoner in Iran.

Angela J. Davis, professor of law at AU's Washington College of Law, is an expert in criminal law and procedure with a specific focus on prosecutorial power and racism in the criminal justice system. Davis previously served as director of the D.C. Public Defender Service, where she began as a staff attorney representing indigent juveniles and adults. She also served as executive director of the National Rainbow Coalition and is a former law clerk of the Honorable Theodore R. Newman, the former Chief Judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals. Davis has authored or edited ARBITRARY JUSTICE: THE POWER OF THE AMERICAN PROSECUTOR, POLICING THE BLACK MAN: ARREST, PROSECUTION AND IMPRISONMENT, CRIMINAL LAW (with Katheryn Russell-Brown), TRIAL STORIES (with Michael E. Tigar) and BASIC CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (with Professors Stephen Saltzburg and Daniel Capra).

On writing to capture the hearts and minds of youth with Jason Reynolds and Jacqueline Woodson moderated by Christine Platt. Grossman Hall B.

Jason Reynolds is the New York Times bestselling author of LONG WAY DOWN, a winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature and the Walter Dean Myers Award. It was also nominated for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. His many works of fiction include WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST, BOY IN THE BLACK SUIT, ALL AMERICAN BOYS (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), AS BRAVE AS YOU, FOR EVERY ONE, MILES MORALES: SPIDER MAN, and the Track series (GHOST, PATINA, SUNNY, and LU). Reynolds is a National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. Reynolds was named the American Booksellers Association's 2017 and 2018 spokesperson for Indies First, and served as the national spokesperson for the 2018 celebration of School Library Month in April 2018, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

Jacqueline Woodson's latest children's picture book is THE DAY YOU BEGIN, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and received the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award. She is the 2014 National Book Award winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award and a Sibert Honor. She receive the Jane Addams Children's Book Award and is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her many books include THE OTHER SIDE, EACH KINDNESS, COMING ON HOME SOON, FEATHERS, SHOW WAY, AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER, and MIRACLE'S BOYS. She received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature.

Christine Platt is the Managing Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center. A scholar of African and African-American history and culture, Christine holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida, M.A. in African and African American Studies from The Ohio State University, and J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. She enjoys writing historical fiction and non-fiction for people of all ages. Her books include THE TRUTH ABOUT AWITI, DEAR ANCESTORS, THE ANA & ANDREW SERIES, and the forthcoming SHEROES: REAL WONDERWOMEN OF HISTORY. Christine is a member of the Association of Black Women Historians and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Christine is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and serves as an Ambassador for Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

3 p.m.

On using the lyric and the poem to blend the past and present with Tyehimba Jess and Clint Smith moderated by Rasha Abdulhadi. Grossman Hall A.

Tyehimba Jess is the author of OLIO, which won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the Anisfield-Wolf Award in Poetry, and the Society of Midland Authors Award in Poetry. Part fact, part fiction, OLIO weaves sonnet, song, and narrative to examine the lives of mostly unrecorded African American performers directly before and after the Civil War up to World War I. His first book of poetry, leadbelly, won the 2004 National Poetry Series. Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Jess is a professor of English at College of Staten Island.

Clint Smith is the author of COUNTING DESCENT, winner of the 2017 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award and finalist for the 2017 NAACP Image Awards. A "One Book One New Orleans" 2017 Book Selection, Smith's debut poetry collection is a coming of age story that seeks to complicate our conception of lineage and tradition. Smith is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and the National Science Foundation. He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion and was a speaker at the 2015 TED Conference. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Harvard Educational Review and elsewhere.

Rasha Abdulhadi is Split This Rock's Interim Executive Director. Abdulhadi has more than sixteen years' experience in strategic planning and organizational development for racial, economic, and environmental justice movements. They have worked as a popular educator, cultural organizer, community technologist, farmer, and bookstore manager. Abdulhadi is the author of SHELL HOUSES. Their writing has appeared in Strange Horizons, Mslexia, Mizna, Room, Plume, and |tap| magazine and is anthologized several books. Abdulhadi has received fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the Maryland State Arts Council, and Split This Rock and is a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers and Justice for Muslims healing collective.

On the nineteenth century fight of African Americans for freedom and civil rights with David Blight and Martha Jones moderated by Marcia Chatelain. Grossman Hall B.

David W. Blight is the author of FREDERICK DOUGLASS: A PROPHET OF FREEDOM, which was named one of the top 10 books of 2018 by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Time. He is Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era; and Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory; and annotated editions of Douglass’s first two autobiographies. He has worked on Douglass much of his professional life, and been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, among others.

Martha S. Jones is the author of BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENS: A HISTORY OF RACE AND RIGHTS IN ANTEBELLUM AMERICA, a highly acclaimed book that shows how African American activists radically transformed the terms of citizenship for all Americans. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. She also authored ALL BOUND UP TOGETHER: THE WOMAN QUESTION IN AFRICAN AMERICAN PUBLIC CULTURE 1830-1900 and co-edited TOWARD AN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY OF BLACK WOMEN. Jones has written for the Washington Post, the Atlantic, USA Today, Public Books, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Time.

Marcia Chatelain is Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University. The author of SOUTH SIDE GIRLS: GROWING UP IN THE GREAT MIGRATION, Chatelain is a public voice on the history of African American children, race in America, as well as social movements. In 2014, Chatelain organized her fellow scholars in a social media response to the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, entitled #FergusonSyllabus, which led to similar initiatives online. A frequent public speaker, Chatelain has contributed to The Atlantic, Time, Ms. Magazine, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Chatelain hosts, “Office Hours: A Podcast,” in which she talks to millennials about what is most important to them. In 2016, Chatelain was named a “Top Influencer in Higher Education,” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

4 p.m.

On the rise of Jim Crow and its relevance today with Steve Luxenberg and TBA. Grossman Hall A.

Steve Luxenberg is the author of the new book, SEPARATE: THE STORY OF PLESSY V. FERGUSON, AND AMERICA'S JOURNEY FROM SLAVERY TO SEGREGATION, which won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed ANNIE’S GHOSTS: A JOURNEY INTO A FAMILY SECRET. During his thirty years as a Washington Post senior editor, he has overseen reporting that has earned numerous national honors, including two Pulitzer Prizes.

On liberating education through transforming teaching and educational institutions with Bettina L. Love and Anthony Abraham Jack. Grossman Hall B.

Bettina L. Love is the author of the new book, WE WANT TO DO MORE THAN SURVIVE: ABOLITIONIST TEACHING AND THE PURSUIT OF EDUCATIONAL FREEDOM. “Every educator needs to read this book,” said Mandy Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. Love is an associate professor of educational theory and practice at the University of Georgia. A sought-after public speaker on a range of topics, including hip-hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, hip-hop feminism, art-based education to foster youth civic engagement, and issues of diversity, Love has provided commentary for news outlets including NPR, the Guardian, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. For her work in the field, in 2016, Love was named the Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. In 2018, Georgia’s House of Representatives presented Love with a resolution for her impact on the field of education.

Anthony Abraham Jack is the author of the new book, THE PRIVILEGED POOR: HOW ELITE COLLEGES ARE FAILING DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS. Getting in is only half the battle. THE PRIVILEGED POOR reveals how―and why―disadvantaged students struggle at elite colleges, and explains what schools can do differently if these students are to thrive. Jack is currently a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Shutzer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. His scholarship appears in the Du Bois Review, Sociological Forum, and Sociology of Education and has earned awards from the American Sociological Association, Eastern Sociological Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, The National Review, The Washington Post, and NPR have featured his research and writing as well as biographical profiles of his experiences as a first-generation college student.

Editorial Workshops

On the Book Idea & Proposal with Georgia Bodnar and Jaya Chatterjee

9 a.m.

Georgia Bodnar is an editor at Viking Books, a legendary imprint of Penguin Random House with a distinguished list of extraordinary Pulitzer Prize– and Nobel Award–winning writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. A “rising publishing industry star” (BuzzFeed), she is the editor of ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM by activist DeRay McKesson, as well as forthcoming books from feminist and essayist Mikki Kendall and acclaimed scientist and Emory ethnobotanist Cassandra Quave. She is proud to have worked with many celebrated and bestselling writers including Nancy MacLean, Nancy Isenberg, Nathaniel Philbrick, Steven Hahn, and Steven Pinker.

Jaya Chatterjee is the editor for world history, geopolitics, and International Relations at Yale University Press. She was named in 2016 by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the handful of publishers “who are making a big splash early in their careers.” She commissions books from scholars, policy analysts at research centers and think tanks, and long-form journalists whose work is grounded in scholarship. Broadly speaking, her books are both timely, uncovering the rich history that undergirds our world today, and timeless—definitive works that will have longevity in libraries and college courses.

On Securing the Literary Agent with Tanya McKinnon and Ayesha Pande

10 a.m.

Tanya McKinnon is the co-founder of the McKinnon McIntyre Literary Agency where she represents New York Times bestselling non-fiction, award-winning public intellectuals, award-winning children's books, and New York Times bestselling graphic novels. She specializes in non-fiction that addresses cultural issues as well as gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality. She is most drawn to work that pushes political and cultural boundaries. Her authors include Michael Eric Dyson, Akiba Solomon, Damon Young, Brittney Cooper, and Patrisse Khan-Cullors. She teachers Writing for Children in the Publishing Certificate Program at City College of New York and has been a literary agent for sixteen years.

Ayesha Pande has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years. Before launching her boutique agency, Pande was a senior editor at Farrar Straus & Giroux. She has also held editorial positions at HarperCollins and Crown Publishers. Among her many wonderful clients are National Book Award winner Ibram X. Kendi, PEN/Bingham Prize winner Danielle Evans, PEN/Bellwether Prize winner Lisa Ko, New York Times bestselling author Shilpi Somaya Gowda and PEN/Hemingway finalist Patricia Engel. Her interests are wide-ranging and include literary as well as popular fiction, young adult, women’s, African-American and international fiction. She is also seeking authors of nonfiction, including biography, history, popular culture, cultural commentary, and memoir. She is particularly drawn to distinctive, original voices.

On Writing the First Book with Rachael Marks and Jenn Baker

11 a.m.

Rachael Marks is an editor at Beacon Press. She acquires in education, with a special interest in educational equality and democracy; cultural environments of urban, suburban, and rural educational settings; issues of difference, diversity, social justice, and alliance building. Here titles include: FOR WHITE FOLKS WHO TEACH IN THE HOOD...AND THE REST OF Y’ALL TOO: REALITY PEDAGOGY AND URBAN EDUCATION by Christopher Emdin and WHITE FRAGILITY: WHY IT’S SO HARD FOR WHITE PEOPLE TO TALK ABOUT RACISM by Robin DiAngelo.

Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2017, she received a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship & a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant for Nonfiction Literature. Her essay "What We Aren't (or the Ongoing Divide)" was listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2018. Jennifer is also the editor of the all PoC-short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018). Her writing has appeared in Forbes.com, LitHub, Poets & Writers, Newtown Literary, and Bustle among other print & online publications.

On from Academic to Trade Book with Katy O'Donnell and Ibram X. Kendi

12 p.m.

Ibram X. Kendi is the author of the forthcoming book, HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST, and STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF RACIST IDEAS IN AMERICA, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction. He is the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. A professor of history and international relations and frequent public speaker, Kendi is a columnist at The Atlantic. He is also the author of The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize.

On Fiction Writing with Anjali Singh and Marita Golden

1 p.m.

Anjali Singh is a literary agent at Ayesha Pande Literary. She started her career in publishing in 1996 as a literary scout. Most recently Editorial Director at Other Press, she has also worked as an editor at Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Vintage Books. She is is best known for having championed Marjane Satrapi’s PERSEPOLIS after stumbling across it on a visit to Paris. She has always been drawn to the thrill of discovering new writers, and among the literary novelists whose careers she helped launch are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Samantha Hunt, Preeta Samarasan, Zoe Ferraris, Victoria Patterson, Natalie Bakopoulos, Enid Shomer and Brigid Pasulka.

Marita Golden is an award-winning author of 16 works of fiction and nonfiction. Her latest novel, THE WIDE CIRCUMFERENCE OF LOVE, was an NPR Best Book in 2017 and nominated for the NAACP Image Award. It was her second nomination for an NAACP Image Award. Golden has also been honored by the Association of Maryland Librarians, the American Library Association, the Authors Guild, Poets & Writers, Chicago State University, the University of Richmond, Zeta Phi Beta, and her alma mater, American University. Golden is a master instructor of writing, having taught writing and served as a writer in residence at George Mason University, University of District of Columbia, John Hopkins University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Emerson College, The University of Lagos (Nigeria), and American University.

On the Author Platform with Howard Yoon

2 p.m.

Howard Yoon is a literary agent and principal of the Ross Yoon Agency. He started as a literary assistant in 1992 and over the years has served as an editorial director, ghostwriter, foreign rights manager, book consultant, and book editor. Yoon specializes in narrative nonfiction, history, memoir, science, current events, politics, and popular culture. Yoon has been an adjunct professor at the Masters of Journalism program at Georgetown University, where he has won awards teaching a narrative nonfiction writing class. He was a former contributor to NPR.org’s food blog, “Kitchen Window.” He currently serves as the board chair of 826DC, the DC chapter of a nonprofit founded by novelist Dave Eggers to support public school students in areas of creative writing, reading, and learning.

On Non-Fiction Writing with Anthony Arnove and Carl Bromley

3 p.m.

Anthony Arnove is the co-founder and an editor at Haymarket Books, a radically independent press. Anthony has worked with many popular authors, including Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Rebecca Solnit, Angela Davis, Howard Zinn, Amy Goodman, Winona LaDuke, Dave Zirin, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Avi Lewis, and Naomi Klein. Anthony Arnove produced the Academy Award–nominated documentary Dirty Wars and wrote, directed, and produced The People Speak with Howard Zinn. He is the editor of several books.

Carl Bromley is the editorial director of the New Press, a publishing house most known for publishing THE NEW JIM CROW by Michelle Alexander. Bromley was previously the editorial director at Bold Type Books. Over the years, he was worked with many writers of serious non-fiction, including U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Juan Gonzalez, Raja Shehadeh, Kristina Rizga, Robert Scheer, Judith Nies, John Prados, and Jeremy Scahill.

On the Making of the Bestseller with Chris Jackson and Tracy Sherrod

4 p.m.

Chris Jackson is the publisher and editor-in-chief of One World, a newly relaunched imprint of Random House. He’s the editor of a wide range of award-winning and bestselling authors, including Bryan Stevenson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jill Leovy, Trevor Noah, Matt Taibbi, and Eddie Huang. One World’s forthcoming lists include Marwan Hisham, Molly Crabapple, Mona Hanna-Attisha, Jean Guerrero, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ibram X. Kendi, and Valarie Kaur. His own writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Callalloo, The Atlantic.com, and other outlets. He lives in New York.

Tracy Sherrod is currently the editorial director of Amistad, an esteemed imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Her most recent publications include Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston, The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jenifer Lewis, The Cooking Gene by Michael Twitty, and Defining Moments in Black History by Dick Gregory. She is working with National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, Man Booker Prize Winner Paul Beatty, astronaut Leland Melvin, Attorney Benjamin Crump, comedian Dick Gregory, Emmy Award Winner Steve Harvey, Rakim, and many other impressive voices.


The mission of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University is to produce knowledge for change's sake. We engage in research of racial inequity and discrimination that leads to policy innovation and implementation. In its 125-year history, American University has established a reputation for producing changemakers focused on the challenges of a changing world. AU has garnered recognition for global education, public service, experiential learning and politically active and diverse students, as well as academic and research expertise in a wide range of areas including the arts, sciences, humanities, business and communication, political science and policy, governance, law and diplomacy.

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