2014 Writers Salon Series Schedule Announced; Patricia Williams to Speak at Event Tonight, 6/24
7:30 PM, Tuesday, June 17, John Hough,Jr., author of novel Little Bighorn 7:30 PM, Tuesday, June 24-- MacArthur Fellow Patricia Williams, Columbia Law professor and Diary of a Mad Law Professor columnist for The Nation magazine, reads from her recent work. 7:30PM, Tuesday, July 1-- Jan Pogue, founder of Vineyard Stories book publishing, formerreporter and editor for Philadelphia Inquirer and USA Today and president of Martha's Vineyard Women's Network, a business group. 1:00 PM, Friday, July 4 -- Frederick Douglass speech "What Does the Fourth of July Mean to A Negro?" This event will be at the Inkwell Beach in Oak Bluffs. It's a pot luck dinner and attendees are invited to participate in the reading. . 7:30 PM, Tuesday, July 8 -- You've heard of The Three Tenors? There's the Three Good Lookin' Poets: Dan Waters, Mike West and Justin Ahern. These three island poets work in harmony, joy and cheerfulness. Each will read from current works. 7:30PM, Tuesday, July 15-- Jessica B. Harris, PhD, a food anthropologist, cultural culinary historian and cookbook author of "High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey From Africa to America" will explore how foods can teach history The Renaissance House Salon Series is a special highlight of the Renaissance House Retreat, which provides writers and artists with a subsidized retreat away from life's responsibilities and the space in which to create new works of art. Renaissance House is one of the few retreats designed for issue-oriented writers, writers of color and writers of social justice.
Renaissance House is an annual writers retreat sponsored by the Helene Johnson and Dorothy West Foundation, both of whom were women writers of the Harlem Renaissance. The inspiration was Harlem Renaissance writers Helene Johnson and Dorothy West. West was the author of the award-winning novel and film "The Wedding". Both West and her poet cousin Johnson (Mc Grath's mother) were writers during the Harlem Renaissance. Renaissance House provides artists with a subsidized retreat away from life's responsibilities and the space in which to create new works of art. Renaissance House Fellows for 2014 include Afaa Michael Weaver, Pushcart Award-winning poet, playwright and director of the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center at Simmons College. He was recently profiled in Time Magazine for winning the prestigious Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.
The Renaissance House Salon Series programs are free and open to the public. Please RSVP for a reservation. For more information call Renaissance House at 917-747-0367 or email Renaissancehse@aol.com. Visit Renaissance House at the website at http://www.renaissance-house-harlem.com/