Thursday, July 03, 2014

Kweli & Lalo

Kweli Journal
3rd Annual Writer's Conference

Monday, July 7th at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Readings and craft talk with Jennine Capó Crucet at La Casa Azul. Hear the backstory behind her novel, Magic City Relic, and story collection, How to Leave Hialeah. With this award winning writer and former sketch comedienne, we are in for a treat!

Tuesday, July 8th at 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Readings by and conversations with Jeffery Renard Allen, author of Song of the Shank and Morowa Yejidé, author of Time of the Locust. Allen's novel tells the story of "one of the 19th century’s most famous entertainers, the blind piano prodigy and autistic savant Thomas Wiggins" (Mitchell Jackson, New York Times book review). Yejidé's novel "is a fearless rendering of a family’s struggle to cope with single motherhood, fatherlessness, and a child’s autism" (Jonny Temple, publisher and editor in chief of Akashic Books). A. Naomi Jackson will moderate the discussion. Jackson is the 2013-2014 ArtsEdge resident at the University of Pennsylania's Kelly Writers House. She studied fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was awarded the Maytag Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction to complete her first novel, Who Don't Hear Will Feel. 

Wednesday, July 9th at 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.

Participating Agents / Editors at Dumbo Sky 

Malaika Adero, Vice President and Senior Editor, Atria Publishing, Simon & Schuster

Seeking Fiction: African American, International, Literary, Commercial, Women's, Speculative, Historical, Erotic Nonfiction: Autobiography, Biography, Popular History, Mind/Body/Spirit, Inspiration, Popular Culture, Current Affairs, Fashion/Beauty, Health, Personal Finance

Dawn Davis, Vice President and Publisher, 37 Ink

Seeking a variety of genres including literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, history, memoir and pop culture

Cheryl Klein, Executive Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.

Seeking middle grade novels and young adult fiction

Julia A. Masnik, Literary Agent at Watkins / Loomis Agency, Inc.

Seeking literary fiction, biography, memoir, and political journalism 

Michael Mejias, Literary Scout at Writers House

Seeking Latino/ Latin American authors

Latoya Smith, Editor at Grand Central Publishing

Seeking short and long form mainstream romance and erotica, as well as African American fiction and nonfiction

Steve Woodward, Associate Editor at Graywolf Press 

Seeking literary fiction and nonfiction     

Manuscript consultations will be provided off-site by Sulay Hernandez, Owner of Unveiled Ink Book Consulting

Participating Authors

Jeffery Renard Allen, author of Song of the Shank
Mitchell S. Jackson, author of The Residue Years
Sergio Troncoso, author of Our Lost Border
Neela Vaswani, author of You Have Given Me a Country
Morowa Yejidé, author of Time of the Locust

The conversation will be moderated by Bridgett M. Davis. Her forthcoming novel, Into the Go-Slow, will be released on September 16, 2014.

Si no conocen la alquimia del compatriota Eduardo Lalo, aquí tienen una pequeña muestra:

(Y de paso les recomiendo "80 grados" que tiene como lema "Prensa sin prisa").

Aviso para los amigos que viven en Colorado:  Eduardo Lalo estará en Denver del 23-26 de octubre con motivo del Congreso de la Asociación de Estudios Puertorriqueños que se llevará a cabo en la Universidad de Denver.  Más detalles, pronto...

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