Scribbling Women—Scribbling Women, a project of The Public Media Foundation, dramatizes stories by historically significant American women writers including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Jacobs, Willa Cather and Zora Neale Hurston, for national radio broadcast. Learn about this remarkable art form in two separate programs:
Saturday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m.
Highlighting African American Women’s Voices through Scribblingwomen
Sunday, April 6 at 11:00 a.m.
SESSION ONE: Highlighting African American Women’s Voices through Scribblingwomen
Saturday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m., Teaching and Visualization Studio, 4th Floor
Attendees will learn about:
Harriet Jacobs, excerpts from a radio play of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Moderated by Lucinda MacKethan
Zora Neale Hurston, excerpts from a radio play of her short story, “Sweat.” Moderated by Traci Fellers.
Shirlette Ammons: an a capella performance of lyrics from Shirlette’s current project, Twilight for Gladys Bentley. The project is a ‘re-imagining’ of 1920′s blues singer and ‘bulldagger’ Gladys Bentley.
Shirlette Ammons is a Durham NC based poet musician whose most recent works include a collaborative album with Chapel Hill based rock band, The Dynamite Brotherscalled And Lover’s Like. Her most recent collection of poetry, Matching Skin featuring The John Anonymous EP was published by Carolina Wren Press in 2008. Shirlette’s first collection entitled Stumphole: Aunthology of Backwoods Blood was published by Big Drum Press in 2002. Her literary work has appeared in The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, What Your Momma Never Tod You: True Stories About Love and Sex, The Asheville Revielw and The Journal of the Academy of American Poets amongst other publications. She has recieved a John Hope Franklin Grant for Documentary Studies, The Ebony Harlem Award for Literary Achievement, as well as Emerging Artist Grants from the Durham Arts COuncil and the United Arts Council. She is also vocalist for the hip hop rock band Mosadi Music whose debut album, The Window, was released in 2006 and songwriter and vocalist for the fusion electronic duo, Jon Anonymous.
Tracie Fellers is a writer and editor who started her career writing for daily newspapers in North Carolina and Virginia. She has written columns and articles for The Durham News of the News & Observer since 2011, and has published articles and commentaries on thegrio.com and theroot.com. Her fiction has appeared in Obsidian, Long Story Short: Flash Fiction by Sixty-Five of North Carolina’s Finest Writers, and roger; her creative nonfiction has been published in 27 Views of Raleigh, an anthology, and the journal Sing Heavenly Muse! She has taught writing and literature at N.C. A&T State University, Guilford College, Bennett College and NC State University, and has received awards for her fiction from NC State and the National Council for Black Studies.
Dr. Lucinda MacKethan is Alumni Distinguished Professor of English Emerita at NC State University, where she taught courses in Writing, Southern literature, and African American literature. She also served as Director of Creative Writing and Director of the English teacher education program. She is the author or editor of six books, including Daughters of Time: Creating Women’s Voice in Southern Story and the co-edited Companion to Southern Literature, named a “Best Reference Work” by the American Library Association. She currently leads online webinars for the National Humanities and is a “Road Scholar” for the NC Humanities Council. Since 1992, she has been senior consultant for the award winning website, Scribblingwomen.org, which features radio plays adapted from stories by American women writers.