Art Sanctuary Presents: The 26th Annual Celebration of Black Writing Festival.

May 27, 2010

This weekend The Art Sanctuary will host it’s 26th annual Celebration of Black Writing Festival on the Temple University Campus.

The Celebration of Black Writing aims to deepen Philadelphia’s literary life with a rich infusion of African-American writers in all genres . Writers will discuss their work in panels and workshops; the week’s events include a basketball tournament, teachers’ symposium, a family pavilion, live performances and a variety of family centered events.

On Friday, May 28 Art Sanctuary will present the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award to world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni. One of the most widely read American poets, Giovanni prides herself on being “a Black American, a daughter, a mother and a professor of English.”

Other events include : Objects, Memory & Story: Transform Your Stories Into Writing, 12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, May 29, Temple University, Ritter Hall Annex – Walk Auditorium

Through a series of interactive exercises, writer and memoirist Lise Funderburg (Pig Candy) will help workshop-goers uncover the stories and memories they’ve attached to personal objects and put them down on paper. Participants: You are encouraged, but not required, to bring an object of personal significance to the workshop.

Art Sanctuary is located in the Church of the Advocate at 18 and Diamond Streets in North Philadelphia. Visit for a schedule of events.


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