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The Hurston/Wright Foundation and MahoganyBooks Present an Evening of Readings with Kyle Dargan, Patrice Gaines and Ravi Howard

June 23, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

The Hurston/Wright Foundation and MahoganyBooks present an Evening of Readings. Join us on June 23, 2018 from 6PM to 8PM at MahoganyBooks (located inside of the Anacostia Arts Center) for an engaging event featuring the extraordinary talents of Kyle Dargan, Patrice Gaines and Ravi Howard. They will be reading from their books Honest Engine, Laughing in the Dark, and Driving the King, respectively.

Attendence is FREE, click here to RSVP

MahoganyBooks will donate a portion of the proceeds from all attendee book purchases during the event to the Hurston/Wright Foundation in support of its’ mission to discover, mentor, and honor Black writers.

About the Authors

Kyle G. Dargan is the author of five collections of poetry – The Listening, which won the Cave Canem Prize; Bouquet of Hungers, which was awarded the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Logorrhea Dementia; and, most recently, Honest Engine, which was a 2016 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist and a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Anagnorisis: Poems is forthcoming from TriQuarterly/Northwestern this fall. Dargan is an associate professor of literature and assistant director of creative writing at American University in Washington, D.C.

Patrice Gaines is author of the classic memoir Laughing in the Dark–from Colored Girl to Woman of Color, a Journey from Prison to Power and the book Moments of Grace. Gaines was a reporter at the Washington Post for 16 years and was a member of a reporting team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Essence, USA Today and AARP Bulletin. Gaines has been a Soros Justice Media Fellow, writing a series of articles about the impact of incarceration on the black community. She is currently in the Masters of Divinity Program at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte, N.C.

Ravi Howard is the author of two books of fiction, Like Trees, Walking and Driving the King. He has received fellowships and awards from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He also is a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee. In addition to being selected as a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, Like Trees, Walking won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence (2008). He is an assistant professor of creative writing at Florida State University.

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