part of the campus' celebration of Black History Month,
the English Department is co-sponsoring with the
Cross Cultural Center an evening of readings by and
conversations with Jenoyne Adams and Michael
Datcher, two local
African American writers. The event, titled "Literary Reflections of
Gender, Sexuality, and Relationships: An Evening with Jenoyne
Adams and Michael Datcher," will be held on Monday,
February 5, 2007 in the Music Hall, beginning at 6:15pm.
The event is open to faculty, students, staff,
and the general public.
poet and journalist, Jenoyne Adams was born and raised in
has also been a reporter for the San Bernardino Reporter,
the largest African-American newspaper in San Bernardino.
She has also been a PEN USA Fellow.
Adams is especially noted for her
critically-acclaimed novel, Resurrecting Mingus
(2001), a candid, unsentimental exploration of interracial
relationships, both familial and romantic. Her second
novel, Selah’s Bed
(2003), explores issues of reconciliation and forgiveness.
Presently Jenoyne is a writing consultant for
Voices in Harmony, an organization that helps at-risk and
under-served youth write and produce theatre on important
social issues. In addition, she works as an Associate
Agent with the Levine Greenberg Literary Agency.
Born on Chicago's Southside and raised in Long
Beach, California, Michael Datcher is a part of the new wave of dynamic
African American literary voices.
With degrees from the
at Berkeley and UCLA, Datcher's work as a journalist has been published in the
Angeles Times, The
Washington Post, The
Baltimore Sun, The
Source, and Vibe, among other prominent publications.
Datcher edited Tough Love: Culture Criticism
& Familial Observations on the Life and Death of
Tupac Shakur (Alexander), and has appeared as
guest analyst on television and radio shows, including Nightline,
Dateline, and BBC radio. The co-host of the
weekly public affairs news magazine Beautiful
Struggle on 90.7 FM KPFK, he gained national attention
for his New York Times bestseller autobiography, Raising
Show Book Club book-of-the-month selection.
Currently, Datcher serves as the chairman of the Pen
Center USA West Literary Awards, and teaches creative
writing and American literature at
For more information, call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140.
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