“Porch Treasure”: Black American Storytelling as a Guidebook for Public Engagement With Dr. Clarissa J. Walker

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Dr. Clarissa J. Walker will discuss a kinship model of Black American storytelling, a model that is constructed by the agency and audience of African-derived tellers.

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She will explore the role of story spaces, shared experiences, and the lineage of story culture born from the immanence of African culture. Clarissa currently directs the RIC Writing Center and is the Rhode Island representative for the Northeastern Writing Center Association (NEWCA). She sits on the governing boards of NEWCA and the Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS). 

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