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This is a photo from the 1998 literary gala and fundraiser hosted by the Hurston/Wright Foundation in Richmond, Virginia at The Jefferson Hotel.

It was a spectacular literary event that brought together a stellar cast of writers including Gloria Naylor, John Edgar Wideman, and Russell Banks as well as Nikki Giovanni and Walter Moseley in this photo with me, Clyde McElvene, James Lucas, and Ginny Fowler.

Richmond has never seen anything like it!

Marita Golden


Marita Golden is the author of over 20 works of fiction and nonfiction. She is Co-founder and President Emerita of the Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Foundation. As a teacher of writing, she has served as a member of the faculties of the MFA Graduate Creative Writing Programs at George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University and served as a Distinguished Visiting Writer in the MA Creative Writing Program at John Hopkins University, and at the University of the District of Columbia. She has taught writing workshops nationally and internationally to a variety of constituencies and is a writing coach, workshop presenter, and literary consultant.