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2019 AFS Meeting: Creative Writing and Storytelling Section Guide, Baltimore Edition

Thursday, October 3, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

The Creative Writing and Storytelling Section looks forward to seeing you in Baltimore for AFS 2019! In keeping with this year’s conference theme “Community Driven,” the Creative Writing and Storytelling Section's sponsored panels and events focus on community-driven storytelling.

The first co-sponsored panel is “Centering Our Praxis in Community Restoration,” featuring Phyllis M. May-Machunda, Junious Lee Brickhouse, Camila Bryce-Laporte, Nilimma Devi, David Olawuyi Fakunle, and Ashley Minner. Within communities of color in cities such as Baltimore, many community scholars/activists and some public folklorists of color center their work in restoring and revitalizing the communities in which they work and live. Presenting folklorists implementing restorative and healing praxis through storytelling, visual arts/material culture, performance and worldviews, this session will examine the significance of this work. (Thursday, 10:15 am – 12:15 am, Constellation D, 2nd floor)

The second co-sponsored panel is “Black Storytelling and Cultural Preservation: The Legacy of Mama Linda Goss,” featuring National Association of Black Storytellers members Mama Linda Y. Goss, Karen “Queen Nur” Abdul-Malik, Saundra Gilliard, Janice Curtis Greene, and Caroliese Frink Reed, and chaired by Wanda G. Addison. This forum will focus on the impact and legacy of Master Storyteller Linda Goss, aka Mama Linda, an elder and visionary in the tradition of storytelling and a pioneer in Black storytelling. The inestimable work Linda Goss has done to pave the way for future storytellers solidifies her place in the hearts and minds of national and international storytellers and the general public, who continue to be uplifted by her work on and off the stage. (Thursday, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Constellation D, 2nd floor)

This year’s Crowley Concert features The Brownsville Project, co-sponsored in partnership with the AFS Local Planning Committee, the Maryland State Arts Council, and fellow AFS sections. This interactive theater experience seeks to explore the story of a place where race, class, gender and family pride meet. Inspired by an invisible, yet powerful overlap in their family history, Clory Jackson and Caroline Hann have embarked on a creative journey to explore and confront the history and social impact of Brownsville, a forgotten community that was nested in Frostburg, Maryland, in the 1860s. (Thursday, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Constellation D, 2nd floor)

Come share your own creative writing and storytelling at our Open Mic Night! The Creative Writing and Storytelling Section invites meeting attendees to come share poems, stories, essays, and other works of artistic verbal communication. Please bring up to six-minutes' worth of material and your love of language. (Thursday, 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Columbia, 2nd floor)

The official section events close with our business meeting on Friday (12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, Frederick, 2nd floor). However, there are a number of creative writing and storytelling-related panels, programs, and events throughout the conference which are listed below:

Section Sponsored Events


Sponsored Panel: Centering Our Praxis in Community Restoration 
10:15 am–12:15 am  (Constellation D, 2nd floor)

Sponsored Panel: Black Storytelling and Cultural Preservation 
2:00 pm–4:00 pm (Constellation D, 2nd floor)

Crowley Concert: The Brownsville Project 
8:00 pm–9:30 pm
 (Constellation D, 2nd floor)

Open Mic Night
9:00 pm–11:00 pm 
(Columbia, 2nd floor)


Section Business Meeting
12:45 pm–1:45 pm (Frederick, 2nd floor)

Other Creative Writing & Storytelling-Related Events


Storytelling for Social Justice
8:00 am–10:00 am (Constellation C, 2nd floor)

South Asian Storytelling in the Diaspora Reception
6:00 pm -7:30 pm (Constellation Foyer, 2nd floor)


Case Studies on Chinese Poetry: Denotations and Connotations
2:00 pm -4:00 pm 
(Charles, 3rd floor)


Folklore and Folklorists in Literature
8:00 am -10:00 am (Douglass, 3rd floor)

Culture through Comics: An Ethnographic Cartooning Round Table
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm 
(President, 1st floor)


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