“The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America”

D. Watkins is an award-winning writer, educator, and speaker. He is the author of The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America with its “searing dispatches from the urban zones where African American men have become an endangered species.”

“Watkins hailed from the streets of East Baltimore during the semi-automatic era. After years of being deeply involved with the crack game and losing family and friends to it, he took a long, hard, life-changing journey that lead Watkins to earn his MA in Education and MFA, become a college professor, and be a voice for millions through his guest appearances on the news and talk shows.”

Watkins will be at the Mark Twain Museum Center Tuesday, March 15, 2016, for An Evening with D. Watkins The event is presented in collaboration by the Harriet Beecher Stowe CenterThe Mark Twain House & Museum, and Community Partners in ActionJohn Dankosky of WNPR will moderate.

I’ll be there. I hope to see you there, too.

From D.Watkins’ website:

“D. Watkins is a columnist for Salon; his work has been published in the New York Times, the Guardian, Rolling Stone and other publications. He is also a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. He holds a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including BME Fellowship. He has lectured at countless universities and public events around the country. Watkins has been featured as a guest and commentator on NBC’s Meet the Press, CNN’s The Erin Burnett Show, MSNBC Melissa Harris-Perry Show, Democracy Now, and NPR’s Monday Morning among other shows. Watkins grew up in and will never leave east Baltimore, his debut collection of essays The Beast Side is available now. His memoir The Cook-Up will be released by Grand Central in May 2016.”

Don Shaw, Jr.
Write and Editor

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