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Author Talk & Book Signing with Rion Amilcar Scott

September 12, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

A Literary Discussion on Identity, Culture, and Art

by Rion Almicar Scott

We are excited to announce MahoganyBooks Presents Free Black Space: A Literary Discussion on Identity, Culture, & Art with Rion Amilcar Scott. Rion, author of Insurrections and the winner of the 2017 PEN America/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, will join Brother Yao, founder of Karibu Books and author of Inheritance, for a thought provoking conversation on the intersection of identity, culture, and art followed by a book signing. This can’t-miss literary event will take place on September 12, 2017, from 7 PM to 9 PM, at the Anacostia Arts Center.

Insurrections is a collection of short stories that “authentically portrays individuals growing up and growing old in an African American community…Scott presents characters who dare to make their own choices—choices of kindness or cruelty—in the depths of darkness and hopelessness. Although Cross River’s residents may be halted or deterred in their search for fulfillment, their spirits remain resilient—always evolving and constantly moving.

Judges who awarded Rion the 2017 PEN America prize for debut fiction, wrote that this “collection…introduces a necessary voice in American literature. His collection has a fictional setting, but the black residents of Cross River— and their struggles — feel unrelentingly real. Scott’s prose — thickly textured with colloquialisms and dialect — delivers truth with straight-faced aplomb.”

We invite you to join us for an author talk about identity, heritage, and the part art plays in cultural representation.

September 12, 2017
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Rd., S.E., Washington DC 20020

“The stories are replete with vivid, visceral descriptions of action and character. Scott is able to get into the heads of his characters and bring them to life as real, complicated souls.”  — Hope Wabuke, TheRoot.com

About the Author

Rion Amilcar Scott was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland and earned an MFA from George Mason University where he won both the Mary Roberts Rinehart award and a Completion Fellowship. He is a Kimbilio fellow. Rion’s work has been published in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review, PANK, The Rumpus, Fiction International, The Washington City Paper, The Toast, Akashic Books, Melville House and Confrontation, among others.

Presently, Rion works as a professor of English at Bowie State University.

About the Interviewer

Bro. Yao (Hoke S. Glover) is a poet living in the Washington Metropolitan Area. For the past ten years, he has taught at Bowie State University in the department of English and Modern Languages. During the 2016 – 2017 academic year he taught at Central China Normal University in Wuhan. His work has been published in African American Review, Rattle, Ploughshares, Beltway Quarterly and other journals.

In August of 2016 his first collection of poetry, Inheritance, was published by Willow Books. His Essay “Hospital for The Negro Insane” was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Jon Guyon Literary Non-Fiction Prize held by Crab Orchard Review.

Since 2010 he has operated the Free Black Space Blog which features his writing along with the writing of others on blackness.

Program Partners

Anacostia Arts Center Duende District
Anacostia Arts Center Duende District

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