Great Lakes African American Writers Local Authors Book Festival at Loganberry Books

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Registration is free, but Loganberry charges a sales commission.
Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH 44120 

Contact: Miesha Headen at (216) 795-9800 for additional information and Loganberry terms of sale.

List of Writers and Performers

Ava Reiss is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). At an early age, her parents read to her fables and myths from different cultures. Her imagination filled with the fantastical. The love of a good narrative rooted in deeper mysteries carried over into her writings. (I’m an Asian-American Fiction writer, working under the pseudonym, Ava Reiss.) Piece: Cycle of the Lights: Fall of Ima.

Antoinette Wiley was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Antoinette M. Wiley has always had dreams of pursuing a career as a writer. Favorite writers include Eric Jerome Dickey, Tananarive Due, Octavia Butler, and others. Her primary genre is Weird/Speculative Fiction, but she also enjoys writing poetry, song lyrics, and binge-watching TV shows like Twilight Zone and Thriller. She even sees herself writing episodes of similar shows in the future, and possibly writing a feature film with Jordan Peele (a girl has big dreams). Having received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Cleveland State University, Antoinette has plans to pursue her MFA at Antioch University Los Angeles this December. Her story is called, Girl on the Stairs.

Brittany Ervin or Miss Brit is an author, writer and creative. Her debut book is entitled Real Talk: Quotes to Get You Through to Becoming a Better You which features her original personal quotes and affirmations.  Brittany also published a follow up entitled “Sincerely Yours: My Poems & Thoughts” which is a compilation of writings from her teen years to adulthood. Her selection is Unrealistic  

Nakia Creel. Nakia Creel  is a Cleveland based author. She is the mother of two strong young women. When she was a child, expressed her love for writing by penning poetry. An avid love for music has shaped her style for writing which is interspersed with real life experiences. Love, passion, and intensity comes together in her debut fiction book, Ashes.

Michael Payne. Michael works in the Center for Global Health and Disease at Case Western Reserve University. He describes himself as a man  of faith, family man, aspiring author, youth sports enthusiast, and biomedical science researcher. His selection is called Knights of the Cloth.

Leesa Priah. Leesa has been around the literary scene since the early days of the Poets and Writers League. She is an avid reader and spends time honing her craft by attending workshops around town. Her story, Crazy Love Mark. is from her memoir, Crazy Love.

Vivian Thomas. A recent graduate of Ohio University, Vivian has done a lot of work in improvisational acting and performing. She is also a poet who wants to travel around the world to experience different cultures. Her selection, Black Girl is memoir.

Julius K. Ponder is a professional speaker and a Business Development Coach who published Stories of Forgotten People, his first collection of work in 2017. Described as “Short stories of all walks of life, sharing their pain, struggles, success and joy, these stories will force you to leave your bubble and walk in the shoes of the strangers we passed every day. These stories are the stories of forgotten people”. His selection is Four Best Friends.

"Discovering the Writer Within"
An African American-centered Writers Workshop

Rev. Dr. Leah Lewis, Founder
Shelley Shockley, Chief Facilitator
Dawn Arrington, Assistant Facilitator

Do you have a manuscript that has never seen the light of day? Are you a secret novelist? Do you have a hidden desire to set the world on fire with your writing? Or maybe you have a story buried in your heart and mind? Hide no more! Join us for an intimate gathering of compassionate, creative souls who will offer constructive feedback on your writing. This workshop is for culturally-competent writers who understand the African American experience, our culture, and our art. Registration is limited to the first twenty (20) writers. 

This Workshop consists of eight sessions and meets the following Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – Noon on the 2nd Floor of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Branch of the Cleveland Public Library located at 1962 Stokes Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106 (Phone: 216-623-7018). 

  • July 13
  • July 27
  • Aug 10
  • Aug 17 
  • Sept 14
  • Sept 21
  • September 28 (Meets while in attendance at the Great Lakes African American Writers Conference, which takes place at the East Cleveland Public Library)
  • October 5 

Parking is available in the rear of the building.

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