James Baldwin Panel – from the first Miami Book Fair
James Baldwin attended the very first Miami Book Fair. To honor the 90th anniversary of his birth, acclaimed poets Elizabeth Alexander and Claudia Rankine will lead a conversation with prominent writers on the urgency of Baldwin’s voice in our times. Alexander, a professor at Yale, delivered her poem “Praise Song for the Day” at Barack Obama’s 2009 Inauguration. Rankine, a professor at Pomona College and winner of many awards, recently wrote a highly praised remembrance of Baldwin for the New Yorker. Panelists: scholars Jeff Chang and Jennifer DeVere Brody, novelist Edwidge Danticat, and poet Charles Hancock Rux.