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Grand Hyatt Atlanta (Buckhead)
3300 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30305, USA

(Deadline for conference registration was August 1.  THERE WILL BE NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION OR MEAL PAYMENTS)
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Thursday, August 10 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Opening Reception & Literary Awards Ceremony

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Come celebrate the kick-off of our conference and connect with colleagues.  You will experience Atlanta’s southern hospitality as we welcome you to bedrock of the Civil Rights Movement.  Network your way through an evening of music, food and friendly conversation.  Enjoy the BCALA Literary Awards Ceremony and meet the new awardees.

The Black Caucus presents four Literary Awards:  first novelist, adult fiction, nonfiction and adult poetry.  A citation for outstanding contribution to publishing or for outstanding African American literature is also given each year. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.   In 2016 the BCALA/BiblioBoard Self-Publishing EBook Award was added and honors the best self-published EBooks in fiction and poetry by an African American author in the U.S.

Speakers
avatar for Natashia Deon

Natashia Deon

The winner of the BCALA 1st Novelist Award for Grace: a Novel (Counterpoint Press). | | Deón currently teaches law at Trinity Law School and Mount St. Mary’s College.
avatar for Monique Ferrell

Monique Ferrell

The winner of BCALA’s Honor Book for Best Poetry Award for Attraversiamo : let’s cross over (NYQ Books). | | Ms. Ferrell is a professor of English and teaches Literature, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Composition in New York City.
avatar for Jacqueline Nicole Harris

Jacqueline Nicole Harris

BCALA and BibloBoard 2017 e-book Self-Publishing Literary Poetry Award for On Life (Create Space Publishing). | | Ms. Harris is a poet, writer, blogger and currently lives in North Chicago, IL.
avatar for Tyehimba Jess

Tyehimba Jess

The BCALA Literary Awards Committee presents the Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation Tyehimba Jess for Olio (Wave Books). | | Tyehimba Jess is a Cave Canem and New York University Alumni and an Associate Professor of English at the College of Staten Island.
avatar for Tracy Chiles McGhee

Tracy Chiles McGhee

BCALA and BibloBoard 2017 e-book Self-Publishing Literary Awards Honor Book Winner for Fiction for Melting the Blues (Gold Fern Press). | Ms. McGhee currently resides in Washington, DC where she works in education.
avatar for Monique Morris

Monique Morris

The winner of BCALA’s Honor Book/ Nonfiction for Pushout: the Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools(The New Press). | | Dr. Morris is currently an adjunct associate professor for Saint Mary's College of California.
avatar for Brooke Obie

Brooke Obie

BCALA and BibloBoard 2017 e-book Self-Publishing Literary Awards Winner/ Fiction for Book of Addis: Cradled Embers: a Novel (For the People Press) | | Brooke is a writer and editor who lives in Harlem. She is currently working on the sequel to her debut novel Book of Addis.
avatar for Margot Lee Shetterly

Margot Lee Shetterly

The winner in the Nonfiction category for Hidden Figures: the American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. | | Shetterly is a writer who grew up in Hampton, Virginia, where she knew many of the women in Hidden Figures. She lives... Read More →
avatar for Clint Smith

Clint Smith

The winner for BCALA’s Best Poetry Award For Counting Descent: Poems(Write Bloody Publishing). | | Mr. Smith was born and raised in New Orleans and is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University.



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