CSULA Department of English | Events

As 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. 


Noted poet and journalist, Jenoyne Adams was born and raised in San Bernardino, California. Adams 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. 


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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.


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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 University of California at Berkeley and UCLA, Datcher's work as a journalist has been published in the Los 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 a 

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 Fences—a Today 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 Loyola Marymount University.

For more information, call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140.

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