Celebrate the legacy of Eatonville's own Zora Neale Hurston in this three-day event series with scholar and author, Rae Chesny.

About the Scholar

Rae ChesnyRae Chesny is an award-winning social education expert, author, Johns Hopkins University Literary Consultant, and Zora Neale Hurston Scholar. Each year, she splits her time researching, writing about, and presenting literary great Zora Neale Hurston while writing her own titles of poetry, folklore, fiction, and creative fiction. Rae is a 2021 Baldwin House Urban Writer in Residence. She also served as the keynote speaker for the 2021 YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region Empowerment Symposium. Rae’s work has been published in Harness Magazine, and she has been featured in Made Magazine, Insider, and in several news stories. Her forthcoming book Dear Zora chronicles her journey into becoming a Zora scholar through research and travels while developing a love for the prolific writer in letter form conversations. The title will release January 2022. For more on Rae, visit raechesny.com.


Books by Zora Neale Hurston

Books about Zora Neale Hurston


Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication, program, or website do not necessarily represent those of Florida humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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