Author and literary activist, host of Let's Write Something Sundays and Writers Support Group
COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING STRATEGIST, WRITER, AND POET BASED IN DALLAS, TX
Technical writer, editor, and consultant
Host of The Dash weekly writing sprints
LITERARY AGENT, DEVELOPMENTAL AND LINE EDITOR, writing coach, AND BOOK REVIEWER
Freelance Developmental Editor
POET AND AUTHOR BASED IN ATLANTA, GA
moderator of the novelist spot writers critique group
Sophia Feleke is a communications and marketing strategist with experience working with consumer tech, lifestyle, and B2B companies. She has led a number of teams across consumer technology, driving the media relations, strategy, messaging development, and crafting of creative storylines. Sophia is driven by finding unique and creative ways to bring a brand’s story to life whether through campaigns, activations, partnerships, and more. Sophia’s passion for writing, storytelling, creativity, and connecting with people inspired her to earn a B.S. in Rhetoric & Writing and a minor in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. Sophia is also a writer and poet and her work has been published in Blavity and Find Peace Keep Peace: The Sophomore Issue (Issue 2). She has also had the honor of being accepted into Cave Canem’s poetry workshop. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas. You can read more about her work and background on her website www.sophiafeleke.com.
Shaundale Rénā is an American author and entrepreneur who holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Grambling State University and a certification in technical writing from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is the author of one published book entitled Once Broken, Now Blessed (2009), as well as a contributing author for two additional publications that include If Only I Knew Then What I Know Now (2017), which debuted at #16 on Amazon Self-Help/Self-Esteem, and My Story, My Journey: Collateral Beauty (2019). She enjoys reading, writing, and traveling. Visit her website at shaundalerena.com.
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Dr. Venise Berry
Venise Berry is an associate professor of journalism and African American studies at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Berry is published widely in academic and creative circles with books, short stories, journal articles and book chapters. Her academic research focuses on media, African Americans and popular culture. She is the author of three national bestselling novels, with a fourth to be published in 2022, and recipient of an Iowa History Makers Award from the African American Museum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 2003, she received the “Creative Contribution to Literature” award for Colored Sugar Water from the Zora Neale Hurston Society. All of Me received a 2001 Honor Book Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
Dr. Anita Heiss
Professor Anita Heiss is the award-winning author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, children’s novels and travel articles. She is a proud member of the Wiradjuri Nation of central New South Wales, an Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, the GO Foundation and Worawa Aboriginal College. Her adult fiction includes Not Meeting Mr Right, Avoiding Mr Right, Manhattan Dreaming, Paris Dreaming and Tiddas. Her most recent books include Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms which was longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Prize and was named the University of Canberra’s 2020 Book of the Year.
As an advocate for Indigenous literacy, Anita has worked in remote communities as a role model and encouraging young Indigenous Australians to write their own stories. Anita is a board member of the State Library of Queensland, the University of Queensland Press and Circa. Anita is a Professor of Communications at the University of QLD and artist in residence at La Boite Theatre, and has adapted her novel Tiddas for the stage.
Anita enjoys eating chocolate, running half-marathons and being a ‘creative disruptor’.