We at NWA HQ are excited about:
- Former NWA board chair Kenneth W. Warren’s new book, What Was African American Literature?
- The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of an American Gang, co-authored by NWA board member Natalie Moore and Lance Williams. The free book launch, which features a conversation facilitated by In These Times senior editor Salim Muwwakil will be February 3, 7–9 PM at The Experimental Station!
- NWA special program contributor Ryan Lugalia-Hollon collaborated with musician Grant Buhr to put “justice to a beat.” Check out “Message from Lake Michigan.”
- NWA writer’s council member Achy Obejas asks “The Derrion Albert Verdict: Was Justice Served?” on the WBEZ blog. Definitely worth a read.
On the Every Person Is a Philosopher blog:
- On Martin Luther King Jr. Day we reflected on the power of language. NWA writer Deanna Burrell’s “Use Your Words” took a deep look at the topic.
- On The Front Porch this week, we used NWA writer Felicia Madlock’s “Questions” as a jumping-off point to ask about universal gestures of protest and to imagine movement-building.
- This week we meet philosopher and NWA board member Ann Folwell Stanford, who was beautiful words to share about grassroots writing, Chicago, her work with women at Cook County Jail, and her favorite literary treasures.
The Index is a weekly compendium of highlights from around the city (and beyond), from NWA headquarters, and the Every Person Is a Philosopher blog.