'Magic City': Remembering Tulsa’s 1921 Race Massacre with Jewell Parker Rhodes
Professor Jewell Parker Rhodes will participate in a Collaborative Read of her novel "Magic City," which is a fictionalization of the very real events of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre. She will read excerpts of her work and contextualize the work both with her writing process and the larger social erasure of the events that it chronicles.
Jewell Parker Rhodes is founding artistic director and Piper Endowed Chair of ASU’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and a professor of narrative studies in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. "Magic City," one of Rhodes’ six adult novels, is being re-released in May 2021 to mark 100 years since the Tulsa Race Massacre.
Rhodes has also written a memoir, two writing guides and eight books for youth, including the New York Times bestseller, "Ghost Boys," and most recently, Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best 2020, "Black, Brother, Black, Brother," which was nominated for the 2021 NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens category. She has won the American Book Award, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence and the Jane Addams Peace Association Book Award.
This event is co-hosted by ASU's College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, and New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.