SUN/4/18 :: 3:00p
The Black Experience Across Genres

Bookseller: BOOK SOUP

A poet and three fiction writers join UCLA sociologist Marcus Anthony Hunter for a candid conversation about their literary works spanning fiction, crime fiction, short stories and poetry which all address the Black experience and larger issues of race, culture, and history.


Marcus Anthony Hunter

Marcus Anthony Hunter is the Scott Waugh Endowed Chair in the Division of the Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, and served as the Inaugural chair of the department of African American Studies at UCLA. He is author of three books: Black Citymakers: How The Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America, Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life, coauthored with Zandria F. Robinson, and The New Black Sociologists.



S. A. Cosby

S. A. Cosby is an Anthony Award-winning writer from southeastern Virginia. He is the bestselling author of Blacktop Wasteland, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist, and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize in Mystery/Thriller, as well as Brotherhood of the Blade and My Darkest Prayer. When not writing, he is an avid hiker and chess player.



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Danielle Evans

Danielle Evans is the author of the story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, winner of the PEN America PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the Paterson Prize, and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 selection. Her most recent collection is The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories which is a finalist for the 2020 L.A. Times Book Prize in Fiction. Her stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories. She teaches in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.


Nikky Finney

Nikky Finney is the author of five books of poetry, including Head Off & Split, winner of the National Book Award for Poetry. Her latest work, Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry, is a finalist for a 2020 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. She is the John H. Bennett, Jr., Chair in Creative Writing and Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina. Finney has received the Art for Change Fellowship from the Ford Foundation and currently serves as an ambassador for the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s Art for Justice Project.


Robert Jones, Jr.

New York Times-bestselling author Robert Jones, Jr., was born and raised in New York City. He received his BFA in creative writing with honors and MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Essence, OkayAfrica, The Feminist Wire, and The Grio. He is the creator of the social-justice social media community Son of Baldwin. The Prophets is his debut novel.