Black Renaissance Noire Winter/Spring 2019 Launch
Winter/Spring, Volume 19.1


Leonardo Drew
Paul Carter Harrison
Nancy Mercado
Wang Ping
Coreen Simpson

 Friday, April 19, 2019  
7:00pm – 9:00pm

New York University
Silver Center, Jurow Lecture Hall
100 Washington Square East, Room 101A, 1st floor
(btw Waverly Place and Washington Place)

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Leonardo Drew, known for dynamic large-scale sculptural installations, attended Parsons School of Design and received his BFA from the Cooper Union (NY) in 1985. His works have been exhibited at The Smithsonian’s Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, Ireland, The Art Institute of Chicago, Miami Art Museum, and the St. Louis Art Museum, among many others. He has also collaborated with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and participated in artist residencies at ArtPace, and The Studio Museum of Harlem, among others. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Paul Carter Harrison is an award-winning playwright/director/theatre theorist with a long artistic association with the Negro Ensemble Company which produced his works: Tophat, Abercrombie Apocalypse, and Obie Award-winner The Great Macdaddy. He is the author of The Drama Of Nommo (1973), editor of several anthologies of Black Theatre plays, and co-editor of Black Theatre:  Ritual Performance In The African Diaspora (Essays, 2002). Harrison is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for American Playwriting, a National Endowment of the Arts Playwrights Fellowship, and two Meet-the-Composer/Reader’s Digest Commissions. He lives in Panama and is a Visiting Artist/Scholar at Emory University.

Nancy Mercado is the recipient of the American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement and was recently named one of 200 living individuals who best embody the work and spirit of Frederick Douglass by the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. She is editor of the Nuyorican Women Writers Anthology published in Voices e/Magazine, Hunter College- CUNY. Her books are It Concerns the Madness (a poetry collection), Las Tres Hermanas (a children’s coloring book), and if the world were mine (a youth anthology).

Wang Ping, born in Shanghai, came to the USA in 1986. Founder and director of the Kinship of Rivers project, her latest book, Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi (University of Georgia Press, 2018) won the 2017 AWP creative non-fiction award. Her other awards include a National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush Artist Fellowship, Lannan Foundation Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, McKnight Artist Fellowship, Distinct Immigrant Award (2014), and Venezuela International Poet of Honor, 2015.

Coreen Simpson began as a photojournalist covering political dignitaries, cultural icons, musicians, athletes and special events in New York, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Her images have appeared in Vogue, Essence, Ms. Magazine, Paris Match, The New York Times, The Village Voice and numerous books and periodicals. She is presently in the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, The Bronx Museum, Le Musée De La Photographie (Belgium) and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, among others. Creator of The Black Cameo jewelry, she studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design.

Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, publishes essays, poetry, fiction, photography, art, and reviews that address the full range of contemporary BLACK concerns. It invites BLACK genius to apply itself to the realities of the twenty-first century with uncompromised thought, generous and readable analysis, and commentary.