Martín Espada and Lauren Schmidt Reading A Successful Close

October 17, 2013

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Afaa Michael Weaver transitions to Director Emeritus of the Zora Neale Hurston Center.

On October 16th, Martín Espada (The Trouble Ball) and Lauren Schmidt (Two Black Eyes and A Patch of Hair Missing) read to a packed Trustman Gallery. The reading was the last programmed event for Founder and soon-to-be Emeritus Director of the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center, Professor Afaa Michael Weaver.

"As the founder, it has been at times challenging and at other times exciting to build a history of fifteen years of programming," said Weaver. "As I near my 62nd birthday and my ideas for my own writing expand, I also feel the crunch of realizable energies, so it is time to pass the torch on, to essentially give the college the center I was charged to create."

As the center goes through transition, Simmons College is confident that the new Director will benefit from the foundation that Professor Weaver has built.

"The College of Arts and Sciences wants to thank Afaa for his dedication to bringing diverse literary voices both to the Simmons College and the community at large. His commitment to promoting issues of social justice through readings such as Espada's is something that we have always valued, and we look forward to supporting his continued work as a passionate teacher and poet," said Dean Renée T. White.

Of the readings for Weaver's final ZNH event, he said, "The audience was attentive, the mood celebratory...I felt a sense of accomplishment."

More photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page.