Greetings Lover of African American Literature:

Once more an entry in the Cleveland Book Week sponsored by the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards of the Cleveland Foundation, the Fifth Annual Great Lakes African American Writers Conference (GLAAWC pronounced “glossy”) takes place on Saturday, September 17, 2022. This year’s conference is hybrid. We will broadcast virtually on our website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel from our new home, the Main Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium.

We are champing at the bit to announce our 2022 Langston Hughes Literary Keynote Speaker and Alice Dunbar Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, but we won’t just yet. View images of our past literary luminaries below.

Trust that this year’s notables will be just as impressive. Please submit your email below if you would like announcements and updates on GLAAWC 2022 or if you would love to become a member. We are lining up special gear and promotional items for those lovers of African American literature who wish to become members and support our work year-round.

Take care, stay safe, and happy reading!


The Reverend Dr. Leah Lewis, J.D.

Founder & Executive Producer

Kalèiah Veasey

Marketing Associate

Langston Hughes Keynote Speakers

Alice Dunbar Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

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