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John Oliver Killens Literary Salon | Black Fire This Time

28sep5:30 pm8:30 pmJohn Oliver Killens Literary Salon | Black Fire This TimeA literary salon to celebrate the enduring legacy of literature, art and history of the Black Arts Movement!

Event Details

Join us as we celebrate the literary brilliance of the Black Arts Movement! The Center for Black Literature, in collaboration with The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), presents the Brooklyn Literary Salon!


WHEN: Thursday, September 28, 2023

WHERE: MoCADA Culture Lab, 80 Hanson Pl., Brooklyn

TIME: 5:30PM



Black Fire This Time, edited by Kim McMillon with a compelling foreword by Ishmael Reed, has captivated readers with its exploration of the multifaceted Black Arts Movement. This anthology brings together the works of over 100 talented poets and writers, delving into the theme of “Black is Beautiful, Black is Powerful, Black is Home.”


We are honored to present engaging conversations with some of the contributors to Black Fire This Time:

Keisha-Gaye Anderson

Poet, writer, visual artist, and communications and marketing strategist;

Author, Gathering the WatersEverything Is Necessary and A Spell for Living

James E. Cherry

Author, Shadow of LightEdge of the WindStill A Man and Other Stories

Judy Juanita

Award-winning poet and short story writer, novelist, essayist and playwright

Author, Virgin SoulDe Facto Feminism, and The High Price of Freedom; Lecturer, Laney College

Quincy Troupe

Author, Miles: Duendo: Poems, 1966-Now, The AutobiographyThe Pursuit of Happyness and Miles & Me

Heather Buchanan, Moderator

Publisher and Producer

Founder, Aquarius Press and AUXmedia


Event Highlights:

Following an opening reception, the featured guests will share their inspiration and experiences in contributing to Black Fire This Time , led by the moderator. The evening will include thought-provoking readings from the anthology that bring to life the rich tapestry of voices in celebration of Black identity and cultural heritage. Taking place in the brand new home of The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), guests will have the opportunity to explore this inspired state-of-the-art creative space.

Copies of Black Fire This Time will be on sale at a discounted rate. A book signing will follow the conversation.

Note: THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2023 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKEND EVENT and requires registration through Eventbrite. Seats are limited, so reserve your spot to secure your place at this literary celebration.

Health Guidelines for this Event

Masks Required


(Thursday) 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm(GMT-04:00)


MoCADA (Central)

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