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The Blank Page Speaker Series: Staying On The Road

Thursday, September 30, 2021
2:00pm – 3:00pm


With over 96 books to her credit, Dr. Jan Spivey Gilchrist's career as a fine artist has spanned a quarter of a century. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. Dr. Gilchrist has won numerous awards and commissions throughout her career, including the Coretta Scott King Award for Nathaniel Talking, and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award for Night on Neighborhood Street. Dr. Gilchrist has four degrees: a BS in Art Education from Eastern Illinois University, an MA in painting from the University of Northern Iowa, an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College, and a doctoral degree in English from Madison University. Dr. Gilchrist is also the winner of the Zora Neale Hurston Award, the highest honor given by the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. and in 2016, she was honored with a 2016 Women That Soar Award. She was inducted into the International Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent in October of 2000. In 2001, Dr. Gilchrist was inducted into the prestigious Society of Illustrators.

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