The GW English Department is pleased to welcome Trey Ellis as part of the Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series. Ellis, currently an associate professor in the Graduate School of the Arts at Columbia University, is a novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and essayist. He is the author of several novels, Platitudes, Home Repairs, Bedtime Stories: Adventures in the Land of Single-Fatherhood, and Right Here, Right Now, which received an American Book Award. His work with films includes the 1995 film The Tuskegee Airmen, which won the Peabody Award and was nominated for an Emmy, and the 2003 TV movie Good Fences, which was shortlisted for the PEN award and nominated for a Black Reel award. Ellis is a prolific essayist, primarily known for his piece titled New Black Aesthetic in which he coined the term “cultural mulatto” and discussed racial characterizations and their relationship to a new aesthetic movement. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and the Huffington Post. The discussion will be held on Friday, March 27 in Gelman Library, Room 702 beginning at 7:30pm.