Writing in the Familiar

The Best of Simple, Langston Hughes' stories about Jesse B. Semple, demonstrates the value and power of writing and telling what you know through observations. Semple editorializes about such topics as race, love, and politics. Hughes’ folksy wit and wisdom offered a vision of the world which gave black people a sense of hope in a hypocritical society. E.J. Stewart’s insight into Hughes’ observations draws parallels between his account of life in Harlem and her short story “Cheese,” written 60 years later, about life in rural eastern NC.

Lectern, microphone, and if feasible, a wide-bottomed comfortable armchair