Hurston/Wright Presents An Evening of Readings

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About the Event

This event is part of the Hurston/Wright Foundation's Public Readings series. Free and open to the public, these events feature acclaimed authors who read from their published works or works in progress. Each session is followed by a Q&A discussion. This event is presented in collaboration with MahoganyBooks.


About the Authors

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes the Sun (Norton/Liveright, 2016) and Patsy  (Norton/Liveright, 2019). Dennis-Benn is a Lambda Literary Award winner and a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Grant. She has been a named a finalist for Princeton Arts Fellowship, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award, and The New York Public Library Young Lions Award. Dennis-Benn is a Kowald Visiting Faculty in City College’s MFA Program and Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.

Elizabeth Nunez, PhD, is the author of a memoir and nine novels, four of them selected as New York Times Editors Choice. Her memoir Not for Everyday Use  (Akashic Books) won the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and is an Oprah online book club selection. Her latest novel Even in Paradise (Akashic Books), is an O, the Oprah Magazine and Essence selection. Nunez’s other novels include: Boundaries (nominated for a NAACP Image Award); Discretion (short-listed for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award); and many others. She is a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, CUNY, where she teaches Caribbean Women Writers and Creative Writing.

Hanif Abdurraqib, a poet, essayist and cultural critic, is the author of Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a  Tribe Called Quest (University of Texas Press, 2019), They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us (Two Dollar Radio, 2017), and The Crown Ain’t Worth Much (Button Poetry, 2016). His poetry collection was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize, and was nominated for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine.

Ralph Eubanks is the author of The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South (Harper, 2009; University Press of Mississippi, 2011) and Ever is a Long Time: A Journey into Mississippi’s Dark Past (Basic Books, 2007). He is a recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship and has been a fellow at the New America Foundation.  From 1995 to 2013 he was director of publishing for the Library of Congress and is the former editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review at the University of Virginia. Currently he is a visiting professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi.


Wednesday, August 7th
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Reading | Q&A
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Author Signing



Adesewa F.
Alan P.
Ashleigh T.
Celeta T.
Claudia C.
Dana F.
Dara M.
Jasmine Y.
Jon M.
Jules D.
Martha J.
Mary B.
P. M.
Remy M.
Renee D.
Tiara W.
Tiffany W.
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