Adero’s Literary Track


George Clinton and me at the book release party for his memoir, Hey George, Ain’t That Funkin Kinda Hard on You.

A publisher recently asked me for a list of big book events I’d participated in and authors I’d work with over the course of my career. Here’s where I am with recalling the festivals, fairs and conferences as a presenter. The list isn’t exhaustive but it does well represent the  arch of my story in publishing over the last  30 + years. I’m reminded of the riches that my work in words has brought me. I made the money the a college-educated Black woman hopes to make from hard work, but much more than that I banked experiences being in the presence, working with and relating to brilliant and inspiring people.



Here are conferences, festivals and big book events that I’ve presented and been featured at. There are many more that I have attended and participated in in my capacity as in-house editor–at Simon & Schuster (1985 – 1991 and again 2002 – 2014) and Amistad Press. The list of authors are among the ones I signed, edited and managed over the course of my career, since 1986 up-to-now.



University of Georgia, Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) – August 3 – presenter

University of Colorado, Denver Publishing Institute – July 28 – presenter

National Black Writers Conference, Brooklyn, New York – March – panelist



Oxford Book Fair Oxford, England – presenter

Virgin Islands Book Festival, St. Croix -keynote

PEN World Voices Festival, New York City – moderator

National Black Book Festival, Houston, Texas – keynote



Harlem Bookfair – Keynote (C-Span broadcast and archive) Address

African Film Festival – Staged dialogue with author, Raquel Cepeda

Kweli Writers Conference – panelist



National Black Arts Festival – paid consultant

(I’ve appeared at the Festival as a presenter a half dozen times over the last 25 years.)

African Film Festival – Staged dialogue with Kathleen Cleaver

Out of the Binders – A Professional Development Conference



Anguilla Literary Festival

National Black Book Convention, Atlanta, Georgia – panelist

Brooklyn Book Festival – moderator



The Oracle Set, Book Club Luncheon, Washington, DC – keynote address

Kweli Writers Conference – panelist


Me Up South

2006 – 2008

Up South International Book Festival, New York City –  founder, producer, presenter

Featured authors: Ruby Dee, Aminatta Forna, Amiri Baraka,  Toure, Mohammad L. Ali, Maryse Conde, Shirin Nashat, Reyna Grande, Oscar Hijuelos, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Colin Channer, Thomas Glaves, Opal Palmer Adisa , Ngugi wa Thiongo, Clyde Taylor & more.

The venues: Harlem Stage, Harlem School of the Arts, Aaron Davis Hall, The Schomburg Center for Black Studies (NYPL)


National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) Annual Convention, Las Vegas

National Black Writers Conference, Brooklyn, New York


Before 2006

Calabash Literary Festival, Treasure Beach, Jamaica

Texas Writers Guild-  Austin, Texas

University of Oklahoma –  Oklahoma City

Kennedy Center, Washington, DC – co-curated & presented African Literary Series (two concurrent years)

Yosemite Writers Conference – reading from Speak, So You Can Speak Again

Jerusalem Book Fair, Israel – an Editorial Fellow

North Carolina Writers Conference – panelist

Alex Haley Festival – Knoxville, Tennessee – presented

Beck Cultural Center – Knoxville, Tennessee – book signing (Up South: Stories, Studies, & Letters of This Century’s African American Migrations)

Teachers & Writers – New York City – book signing (Up South)

The Literary Guild – a Harlem literary series curated by Lana Turner (Up South)

University of Rouen, Rouen, France – presenting a paper on writer Toni Cade Bambara at a conference dedicated to her work.

Toni Morrison Society – presenter

Organization of Women Writers in the African Diaspora (OWWA) – panelist, New York University


Shirley Sherrod and me at Hammond’s House, Atlanta, Georgia, discussing her book, The Courage to Hope



Arthur Ashe

Margaret Walker Alexander

Guillermo Arriaga

Andrew Billingsley

Rashonda Tate Billingsley*

Donald Bogle

Lloyd Boston

Adam Bradley

Raquel Cepeda

Farai Chideya

Pearl Cleage

George Clinton


Maryse Conde

Camille Cosby

Dorothy Cotton

Miles Davis

Ruby Dee

Tananarive Due

Flores Forbes

Alfred Fornay

Keli Goff

Reyna Grande

Ben Greenman

Alvin Hall

Rashad Harrison

David Henderson

David Hilliard

Shannon Holmes

Gen. Russell Honore

bell hooks

Dr. Lucy Hurston*

T.D. Jakes

Beverly Johnson

Spike Lee

Joan Lester

Jenifer Lewis (coauthoring a forthcoming book by actor in ABC- TV Black-ish)*

Benilde Little

James Meredith

V.Y. Mudimbe

Walter Mosley

Jonell Nash

Stacey Patton

Melvin Van Peebles

Nora Pierce

Bill Plimpton

Renee Poussaint

Kevin Powell


Jewell Parker Rhodes

Victor Rivers

Penelope Rowland

Victoria Rowland

Carl Hancock Rux

The Schomburg Center for Black Studies (NYPL)*

Ntozake Shange

Shirley Sherrod

Danny Simmons

Tavis Smiley

Vickie Stringer

Frank Stewart & Kamoinge

Indu Sundaresan

Lalita Tademy

Mikki Taylor

Susan L. Taylor

Lori L. Tharps


Quincy Troupe

Blair Underwood

Eisa Ulen

Dionne Warwick

Sheila Weller

Richard Williams (father of Venus & Serena)

Damon Wayans

Kanye West


*Edited, consulted, or served as writing partner, as an independent contractor.





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