NEA Big Read

Have you listened to the NEA Intro to Their Eyes yet?  You should: here--

NEA Big Read | Soul Food Culinary Workshop with chef Brian Lofink

10/11 @ 6:00 pm -  7:30 pm

This hands-on cooking class explores Southern food and traditions in early twentieth-century Florida. Offered by chef Brian Lofink (Sidecar Bar & Grille, Kraftwork, Kermit's Bake Shoppe) and Drexel’s Culinary Arts Program.

NEA Big Read | Zora Neale Hurston: Portraying and Modeling the Trickster Figure in the African-American Diaspora

10/11 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Dr. Eva Thury (Drexel), Dr. Andrea Abrams (Centre College), Dr. A Yemisi Jimoh (UMass) and Ed Pavlic (University of Georgia) will discuss trickster figures in Zora Neale Hurston’s life, her work as an anthropologist, and her fiction. Hurston was a trickster herself, slipping between various racial, gender and social roles. The panel will highlight her contributions to culture and literature as relevant to contemporary efforts at transforming our society.

Writers Room is a proud recipient of an NEA Big Read Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to celebrate the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston--and particularly her iconic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.


THANKS TO ALL who made the launch event on September 22, 2016 such a success--most especially Dr. Cheryl Wall, West Powelton Steppers & Drum Squad, and Darla. Not to mention Writers Room's own Carol Richardson McCullough.

We are thrilled to be working through Drexel University's College of Arts and Sciences and the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships and in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Reads, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Replica Creative, and Drexel University's Westphal College of Media Arts and Design.


Here are Vistoria Peurifoy and Norman Caine--we all a had a fantastic time at our October 11, 2016 Double Bill at the Free Library of Philadelphia--1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103