Renee is a novelist, lawyer, and professor interested in Black women’s fiction, the intersections of law and literature. Her writing has appeared in Literary Hub, The Rumpus, Salon and elsewhere.
Faith Adiele is a travel memoirist and essayist, teacher and host, storyteller and speaker who likes to say YES! She was also a writer for A World of Calm (HBO Max).
Ayana is a writer and new mom who just moved back to her hometown, Philly. She’s gearing up for a lot of celebrating in 2021 because her first book, Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America, turns 20 in February.
Laurie White is a writer and editor with a long history on the internet (most recently at mom2.com) where she likes to build community and tells people to mute themselves as nicely as she can.
Sejal Shah’s debut essay collection, This Is One Way to Dance, was published by University of Georgia Press in June 2020. Publishers Weekly says, “Shah forcefully tackles the complicated intersection of ‘identity, language, movement, family, place, and race'”
Marcelle Heath is a fiction writer and editor. She is the curator of Apparel for Authors on Instagram, an interview series on writers, fashion, and the public sphere. Her short story collection, Is that all there is?, will be published by Awst Press in 2022…
Abby West has always loved telling stories, typically chronicling other people’s stories as a beat newspaper reporter, or later as a magazine and digital editor at People, Entertainment Weekly, Essence, and Yahoo or currently in her role as an editor for Audible. However, Abby has started to embrace telling her own story and finding she has a lot to say — we were thrilled to have her as a reader at TueNight Live: RISE. In 2014, After Abby donated her bone marrow in 2014, she joined the board of directors for Be The Match (a.k.a the National Marrow Donor Program). Abby recently moved to New Jersey with her kids, something she says her New Yorker brain can’t quite process. 1. On the nightstand: An early copy of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (It has the most beautiful cover and is a phenomenal story), a vanilla-scented candle, and usually a cup of something that should have gone back out to the kitchen yesterday. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Watching General Hospital. I’ve been watching this soap (on and off) since my babysitter had it on …