Speakers

Lauren Alleyne

Honeyfish

Lauren K. Alleyne, author of Honeyfish, and Difficult Fruit is a poet and educator. Her award-winning work appears in venues such as The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Tin House and Ms Muse, among others. She is assistant director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Genre: Poetry

Kevin Allred

Ain't I A Diva?: Beyoncé and the Power of Pop Culture Pedagogy

Kevin Allred, author of Ain’t I A Diva?: Beyoncé and the Power of Pop Culture Pedagogy, is a writer, speaker, and educator known for the “Politicizing Beyoncé” university curriculum he created in 2010. His writing has been featured at HuffPost, INTO, Literary Hub, Bust, Bitch Media, and BookForum, among others.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

William Andrews

Slavery and Class in the American South: A Generation of Slave Narrative Testimony 1840-1865

William L. Andrews, author of Slavery and Class in the American South: A Generation of Slave Narrative Testimony 1840-1865, has authored, edited, or co-edited 45 books on African American culture and history. In 2018 the Modern Language Association conferred on him the Jay B. Hubbell Medal for lifetime achievement in the study of American Literature.

Speaker's: Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Megan Angelo

Followers

Megan Angelo, author of Followers, grew up in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Villanova University. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, Elle, and more. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Genre: Fiction

Andrea Arango

Westwood Monster Patrol

Andrea Beatriz Arango, author of Westwood Monster Patrol, is a Latinx writer and teacher obsessed with houseplants. She lives with her boyfriend, two dogs, and foster daughter in a city that’s unfortunately too cold to grow plantains or avocados.

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Cameron Awkward-Rich

Dispatch

Cameron Awkward-Rich, author of Dispatch, is a black, trans writer and educator, currently living in Northampton, Mass. His first collection of poetry was Sympathetic Little Monster. His second collection, Dispatch, was the winner of the 2018 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Twitter Genre: Poetry