New York Times bestselling author Pearl Cleage to present Ralph Ellison Lecture


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (March 21, 2012) — Author Pearl Cleage has been chosen to present the 17th annual Ralph Ellison Lecture on March 28. Titled “How It Felt to Be There: A Writer’s Journey,” the lecture will be held at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University.


The Atlanta-based author’s work includes fiction, drama, poetry and nonfiction. Her first novel, “What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day,” was an Oprah Book Club selection in 1998 and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for nine weeks. Her play, “Flyin’ West,” has been produced in numerous venues, including the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Kennedy Center. 


Cleage was a columnist at the Atlanta Tribune for 10 years and her work has appeared in Essence, Ms., VIBE and Ebony magazines. Her honors and awards include a Cosby Endowed Professorship at Spelman College, the Bronze Jubilee Award for Literature and an NAACP Image Award. Cleage studied playwriting and dramatic literature at Howard University and earned her bachelor’s degree in drama from Spelman College.   


The annual Ellison lecture features distinguished scholars and artists from around the country in an effort to encourage critical examination of significant intellectual, aesthetic, social, and political issues.  It recognizes Ralph Ellison’s contributions to American literature and invokes the spirit of intellectual rigor and creativity that his achievements exemplify.


For more information, call 334-727-8113.

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