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14th Annual Spring Literary Forum at FAMU: "Music, Authority, and Racial Identity"

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14th Annual Spring Literary Forum at FAMU: "Music, Authority, and Racial Identity"




FAMU’s 14th Annual Spring Literary Forum features regional and national artists whose presentations address our 2022 theme: “Music, Authority, and Racial Identity.” Dawnie Walton is our 2022 headliner. A FAMU alumna and former executive-level editor at  EssenceEntertainment Weekly, and Life, Walton was one of 2021’s greatest success stories in the literary world. Her debut novel, The Final Revival of Opal and Nev, attracted a great deal of critical acclaim; moreover, in December, President Barack Obama’s listed it as one of his favorite books of 2021. Walton, a Jacksonville native, will share details about her meteoric rise to literary stardom with us at 6:30 PM. Here is a link to Dawnie Walton’s interview with Terri Gross on NPR’70s Music Journalism Gets An Overdue Rewrite In Debut Novel ‘Opal & Nev’ | Fresh Air Archive: Interviews with Terry Gross.

Event is 2/24/22.

Please remember to join our Literary Guild’s discussion on Walton’s novel Wednesday, February 23:

We also welcome you to talks by our other outstanding speakers: Devan Renea, Andrew Skerritt, Dr. Jamil Drake, Brian Forbing, and Lyneisha Watson: For additional information, please contact us at or Sponsors: FAMU’s Department of English and Modern Languages; the Literary Guild; the Writing Resource Center; and FAMU’s College of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities.

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