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Sunday, 09 January

733. Black Literary Los Angeles

10:15–11:30 a.m., Diamond Salon 3, J. W. Marriott

A special session

Presiding: Justin Gifford, Univ. of Nevada, Reno

Speakers: Wanda Coleman, Marina del Rey, CA; Odie Hawkins, Long Beach, CA; Emory Holmes, Pacoima, CA; Roland Jefferson, Los Angeles, CA

In the late 1960s, Holloway House, a niche publisher of erotic paperbacks, emerged as an unexpected center of black literary production. This panel will explore how paperback publishing revolutionized the literary marketplace for aspiring black writers at the conclusion of the civil rights movement and consider the wider implications of this democratization of publishing on black cultural production today. Topics include the aesthethics and politics of street literature, the connections between black literary Los Angeles and hip-hop, the canon(s) of African American literature, the potentialities and perils of self-publishing, and the future of black literary production.

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