Celebrating the Umbra Workshop
The first in a series of gatherings, this event brings together several of the founding members, including poets, novelists, and activists Steve Cannon, David Henderson, Rashidah Ismaili, Joe Johnson and Ishmael Reed for readings and conversation that focuses on some of the complex aesthetic, political, social, and literary relationships that informed this legendary Workshop.
Founded on New York’s Lower East Side in 1961 and dispersed in 1964,Umbra’s influence on American literature continues to this day. The Umbra Workshop was comprised of an aesthetically diverse group of young artists, many with “a strong commitment to ‘nonliterary’ black culture.” The Workshop was nurtured by people as disparate as Langston Hughes and Andy Young, actively engaged in the Civil Rights Movement, in questions of diversity in letters, and, later, in the Black Arts Movement.
Cosponsored by IRADAC and the PhD Program in English, The Graduate Center, CUNY. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Nov 1, 2013, 6:00pm
The Skylight Room (9100)
CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Ave
Free and open to the public.
For more info, visit this link: http://centerforthehumanities.org/events/Celebrating-the-Umbra-Workshop
Footage of the afternoon’s workshop is now available: