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7/10/2013: "Set the Page Afire" Kweli Journal's 2nd Annual Writers’ Conference 2013


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7/10/2013: "Set the Page Afire" Kweli Journal's 2nd Annual Writers’ Conference 2013

Melissa Sipin


Set the Page Afire Writers’ Conference 2013
Wednesday, July 10th

Welcome and On-site Registration

4:00–4:50 pm

Meet and Greet

5:00–5:50 pm


Registration is officially open for Kweli's Second Annual Writers' Conference at Dumbo Sky. Wednesday, July 10th, 4–9PM. Join Malaika Adero, Jeffery Renard Allen, Faith Childs, Cheryl Klein, Nana Brew-Hammond, Toni Margarita Kirkpatrick, Sofia Quintero, Victoria Sanders and others. Music provided by SoNuvo. RSVP today!


Panel 1: Authors
6:00-6:50 pm

Authors—A diverse panel of authors—representing various diasporas—will share
secrets of a successful writing life, having fun with fiction, how they create an
unforgettable character, their best workshop experience, DIY marketing, etc.

Panelists: Jeffery Renard Allen, Author/Holding Pattern, Ramola D, Author/ Temporary Lives, Lyn DiIorio, Author/Outside the Bones, Nana Ekua Brew Hammond, Author/Powder Necklace, Tonya Hegamin, Author/Pemba’s Song: A Ghost Story, Toni Margarita Kirkpatrick, Author/The Bolero of Andi Rowe, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Author/8th Grade Superzero, Sofia QuinteroAuthor/Efrain’s Secret, Ivelisse Rodriguez, Author/Esperandote-Vandal Journal, Milton Washington, Author/Slickyboy Kweli Journal

Moderator: Laura Pegram, Author and Editor-in-Chief/Kweli Journal


Panel 2: Editors and Agents
7:00-8:10 pm

Editors and Agents: A stellar panel will share insider tips about the publishing
industry and outline what makes them fall in love with an opening line and what
keeps them turning the pages.

Panelists: Malika Adero/Vice President & Senior Editor/Atria, Bernadette BakerBaughman, Agent/ Victoria Sanders & Associates, Stuart Bernstein, Agent/Stuart Bernstein Representation for Artists, Faith Childs, Agent/Faith Childs Literary Agency, Sulay Hernandez, Freelance Editor, Cheryl Klein, Executive Editor/ Arthur A. Levine Books, Monique Patterson, Editor/St. Martin’s Press, Toni Margarita Kirkpatrick, Editor/St. Martin’s Press, Victoria Sanders, Agent/Victoria Sanders & Associates

Moderator: Laura Pegram, Author and Editor-in-Chief/Kweli Journal


One-on-One Pitch Sessions with Editors and Agents: 
7:00-8:00 pm

Participating Editors and Agents: Bernadette Baker-Baughman, Agent/Victoria Sanders & Associates, Faith Childs, Agent/Faith Childs Literary Agency, Cheryl Klein, Executive Editor/Arthur A. Levine Books, Toni Margarita KirkpatrickEditor/St. Martin’s Press, Monique Patterson, Editor/St. Martin’s Press, Victoria Sanders, Agent/Victoria Sanders & Associates

Manuscript Consultations: Editors Pegram and Hernandez

Participating Editors: Sulay Hernandez and Laura Pegram

SoNuvo and Poets: Performance

SoNuvo is a Brooklyn based trio consisting of Marie Martin on vocals and
violin, Seth Johnson on acoustic and electric guitars and Jerome Jennings
on cajón and percussion. Aside from the unusual instrumentation, the group is
unique in its eclectic repertoire including Jazz, Brazilian music, Soul/ R&B,
Chanson and elements of Flamenco.

Rachel Eliza Griffiths (author of “Mule and Pear”), Naomi Extra, Amber Atiya
Stewart and Vincent Toro blend their poetry with SoNuvo melody.




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Registration Fees

Set The Page Afire Writers’ Conference

  • $50 for registrations before July 2
  • $65 for registrations on July 3 through July 8
  • $85 for registrations on July 10th (on-site)
  • Register for the conference here:

Detailed payment options can be found online at Click DONATE


Writers participating in one-on-one sessions with editors and agents are
encouraged to submit 3 pages of manuscript and a synopsis by noon on July 5th.

Send your 3 pages and synopsis to by noon on July 5th.
Writers interested in submitting 10 pages of their manuscript for consultation via
lottery must email materials to by noon on July 5th.


Questions? Please email