UDC News


March 12 , 2008


Contact: Juanita Britton


The University of the District of Columbia and Hurston/Wright Present

Literature Live!  A Three Day Book & Literary Festival - March 27-29, 2008



Washington, DC -- Literature Live! A Three-Day Book Festival celebrating the diverse and vibrant literary culture of Washington, D.C. will take place on the campus of the University of the District of Columbia, Busboys and Poets and the Thurgood Marshall Center, on Thursday, March 27th; Friday, March 28th, and Saturday, March 29th

Over 35 authors, poets and literary performers will read, discuss and perform their work. Participants  include: Washington Post, Associate Editor, Kevin Merida; Harriet Washington, author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present; Christopher John Harley, author of The Before the Legend: The Rise and Fall of Bob Marley; NewsHour Host, Jim Lehrer; and Manil Suri, author of The Death of Vishnu and the Age of Shiva.  Poets reading their works include: Patricia Smith, Kenneth Carroll, and Jane Alberdeston.  Literary moderators and celebrity judges include: Marita Golden, Patricia Elam, Askia Muhammad, and CeLilliane Green.Performing will be Free Jujube Brown, a hip hop theater presentation and “Women of UDC”.

Some of the panels will include: How to Get Published, The Art of Biography, The Future of Poetry, The Impact of the Internet on Reading and Writing, and The New Black Male Writers.  Some of the activities will be a Poetry Slam with competing teams from University of the District of Columbia, Bowie State University, Howard University and the University of Maryland.  For more information and a program outline, visit www.udc.edu or call 301-683-2134.



Thursday, 3/27,  5:30p-9p & Friday, 3/28, 6:30p-9p                 Saturday, 3/29, 10a-3p

University of the District of Columbia                                                              Busboys and Poets

4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW                                                                         2021 14th Street, NW

Windows Lounge, Building 38, 2nd Floor                                                         Washington, DC  20009

Washington, DC 20008


Saturday, 3/29, 12:30p-6:30p

Thurgood Marshall Center

1816 12th Street, NW

Washington, DC  20009                                                     








            The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia and provides additional life-long learning opportunities. The University delivers quality instruction and uses student-centered approaches to empower and benefit both individuals and its local communities.  The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant investment engine for the District of Columbia.  The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro.  For more information on other University activities, contact Mike Andrews, Senior Director for Communications and University Spokesperson at (202) 274-5685 or visit the University’s web site at www.udc.edu.