Award-winning writer Sidik Fofana visits Carthage
Acclaimed New York writer Sidik Fofana visited Carthage and the Kenosha area for a series of events on April 19-22, during which he read from his forthcoming short story collection, “Stories from the Tenants Downstairs,” and shared insights with students and community members.
TUESDAY: Urban Teacher Preparation Program visit
Mr. Fofana met with students in Carthage’s Urban Teacher Preparation Program and shared his experience as an English high school teacher in Brooklyn, N.Y.
WEDNESDAY: Visiting Writers Series
Following a visit to an area high school, Mr. Fofana was the final guest writer of the 2021-22 Carthage Visiting Writers Series.
The award-winning author gave a reading from his short story “The Rent Manual,” followed by a Q&A facilitated by Professor Rick Meier.
THURSDAY: Classroom visit
Mr. Fofana visited Professor Alyson Kiesel’s class — Studies in Genre: The Short Story.
Students read and analyzed Alice Walker’s short story “Nineteen Fifty-Five” and listened to Mr. Fofana talk about publishing.
FRIDAY: Kenosha community events
Mr. Fofana visited the Regimen Barber Collective in Kenosha, where he talked with community members and read an excerpt from his short story “The Okiedoke.”
Concluding his visit, Mr. Fofana attended a public Community Block Party at the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha. The Bookmobile was available, kids participated in arts and crafts, and visitors enjoyed food.