Charles Henry Rowell, Founder and Editor of Callaloo Literary Magazine and Professor of English at Texas A& M Wins the Madam C.J. Walker Award

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Charles Henry Rowell, Founder and Editor of Callaloo Literary Magazine and Professor of English at Texas A& M Wins the Madam C.J. Walker Award


Charles Henry Rowell, founder and editor of Callaloo literary magazine and professor of English at Texas A&M, 2012 U.S. Poet Laureate, at the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation's 2018 Legacy Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 19. Rowell is the recipient of the Madam C.J. Walker Award for his dedication to supporting and sustaining Black literature. (Stephanie Williams Images/All rights reserved).

Recognized as a pioneer in his field, Charles Henry Rowell, founder and editor of Callaloo literary magazine, and professor of English at Texas A&M University, earned the Madam C.J. Walker Award from the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation. Rowell received the award at the 2018 Legacy Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Oct. 19, for his dedication to supporting and sustaining Black literature.

"Dr. Rowell is truly a treasure to the literary community and to Black writers around the world. Through Callaloo, he discovered such enormous talent that we may not have known otherwise," said Melanie Hatter, chair of the board of directors of the Hurston/Wright Foundation. "His work is aligned with the mission of the Hurston/Wright Foundation, and it was an absolute pleasure to present this award to him, recognizing his lifelong dedication to uplifting the Black cultural experience."

In 1976, Rowell founded Callaloo at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and named the journal for a popular stew that originated in West Africa and developed several variations as the recipe spread across the Caribbean. A melange of poetry, fiction and non-fiction short stories, interviews, articles, book reviews and visual art created by artists of all races throughout the African Diaspora fill its pages.

In four decades, Callaloo has become one of the world's premier literary journals and a veritable institution of African Diaspora culture. …

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