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, from our new home, the Main Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium

This year’s conference is hybrid. Register to attend in person or virtually. If, virtually, you will receive the broadcast links in a timely fashion. Registration is required whether you are joining us in person or virtually.

We are thrilled to announce our 2022 Langston Hughes Literary Keynote Speaker and Alice Dunbar-Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award Winner is none other than THE Walter Mosley. We will announce our Alice Dunbar-Nelson Professional Keynote Speaker in short order. View images of our past literary luminaries below.

Certainly, join us for a scrumptious Sunday Brunch featuring two-times James Beard Award-winning author Toni Tipton-Martin formerly of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Beloved local celebrity Chef Eric Wells and journalist Margaret Bernstein of WKYC are on the program too as we celebrate African American culture and cuisine. Food, mimosas, music, and fun are on the menu! Purchase your ticket here.

Please register if you would like announcements and updates on GLAAWC 2022 and beyond. Also, view the offerings of GLAAWC promotional items if you would love to become a member. Our special gear and promotional items are now available for those lovers of African American literature who wish to become members and support our work year-round. You also have the option of donating to GLAAWC without selecting promotional items.

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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