This is the second year of this 2-day event and our theme this year is "The Legacy of the Storyteller!"
Great Lakes Black Authors Expo & Writers Conference is a regional event covering the states of the Great Lakes region and beyond with a mission to acknowledge literary accomplishments, encourage emerging literary efforts, and to promote literacy initiatives with the African American community. This year, we will be hosting our conference at the John S.knight Center, in the city of Akron, Ohio famous for being the location where poet, abolitionist and women's rights activist, Sojourner Truth, gave her acclaimed "Ain't I A Woman" speech.
Friday October 4th from 6-9pm, we open with the Inception Ceremony ad Industry Mixer, which will honor Dr. Naomi Long Madgett, poet laureate of Detroit and founder of Lotus Press, with the Alice Dunbar Nelson Award for Literary Achievement. We will also be giving out Griot Awards for significant individuals who engage storytelling or support improving the literacy disparity in the African American Community. (Heavy hor d'oeuvres and cash bar will be available.)
Saturday October 5th from 7:30am-5:30pm, we will host an all-day conference with simultaneous Authors Expo. The conference will have plenary sessions focused on the legacy of African American literature, forming Book Clubs, and supporting and creating Literacy Initiatives, breakout Writers Workshops for various genres to discuss writing techniques, publishing, and marketing, and the Keynote Speaker nationally recognized journalist and author, Margaret Bernstein.