Edwidge Danticat to Be Honored at Langston Hughes Festival

The City College of New York will be honouring Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat today (Friday, November 18) at the CCNY Aaron Davis Hall.

Danticat will be awarded the 2011 Langston Hughes Festival medal as part of the Langston Hughes Festival.

The Langston Hughes Medal is awarded to highly distinguished writers from throughout the African American diaspora for outstanding works of poetry, fiction, drama, autobiography and critical essays which endeavour to “engage, challenge and question their cultural milieu in the tradition of Langston Hughes.”   Past recipients include, James Baldwin, Derek Walcott, Nigeria’s Chinua Achebe, Toni Morrison, Ralph W. Ellison, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou and more recently, celebrated African-American science-fiction writer Octavia Butler. Danticat is the first writer from the French-Caribbean to receive the Langston Hughes Medal.


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