“No black woman writer in this culture can write “too much”. Indeed, no woman writer can write “too much”…No woman has ever written enough.”- bell hooks, remembered rapture: the writer at work
On May 16th, hundreds of black women writers, from across the diaspora, will meet in Accra, Ghana for the Yari Yari Ntoaso Writer’s Conference sponsored by the Organization of Women Writers of Africa. Yari Yari Ntoaso, the 3rd installation in a series of symposiums that began in 1997, will bring together generations of black women storytellers committed to preserving and sharing the beauty of our writings.
Founded in 1991 by the late Jayne Cortez and Ama Ata Aidoo, OWWA is dedicated to creating spaces where black women authors and their writings can be celebrated in a circle of sisterhood. This year OWWA has launched an indiegogo campaign to help cover the travel expenses for participating writers and Zora is proud to stand alongside these phenomenal women in support.
As such, we’ll be hosting a digital salon featuring some of the women slated to speak in Accra this May. We’ll kick off this interview series tomorrow with poet Camille Dungy. We hope that their voices, stories, and work will inspire you to support the campaign and continue along your own literary journey!
To learn more about OWWA and the fundraiser visit www.indiegogo/owwa. AND HURRY! The campaign expires on March 15th: No donation is too small or unimportant!