Conference Schedule

Friday: (open to public)

11-12pm- Rubenstein Library Art Gallery Tour & Workshop w/ Mandy Carter + Kamau Pope – 411 Chapel Dr, Durham, NC 27705

12-1pm: Lunch for all participants in the Duke Rubenstein Gallery

1:30-2:30pm: Mahogany L Browne Reading- Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University –  2020 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708

2:30-3:30pm: Terrance Hayes Reading

3:30-4:30pm: Q&A + Book Signings w/ Mahogany & Terrance- Rubenstein Arts Center

*Pre- conference registration available at the Rubenstein Arts Center during book signings*

5-7pm- Dinner Break

7:30pm: Griot and Grey Battle Royale Poetry Slam Competition– Rubenstein Arts Center

9:30pm- until – Mix and Mingle Reception – Durham Hotel Rooftop


8:00a- Opening Breakfast @ 21 C Durham

8:30a- Welcome & Keynote by: Dasan Ahanu – Durham Arts Council-  111 North Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

9:30a -11a: Workshops/Panels  – 21 C Durham Hotel & Durham Arts Council 

11:00 Hallmark Craft Talk w/Terrance Hayes: Line, Breath, and the Word  

12:00: Lunch at Queeny’s Burgers

1pm-2pm: Panels & Roundtables – 21 C & Durham Arts Council 

2:30- 3:30pm Hallmark Workshop w/: Nikky Finney: Writing the Land

3:30-5:30pm – Book Fair & Author Signings at Durham Arts Council

American Underground Presents: Pitch Fest/Critique Session/Sharing Circle

Self-guided Historic Tours – Provident 1898, NC Mutual, Pauli Murray Center, Black Wallstreet/Parish Street, Bennett House, West End Community

Live Podcast w/ JenJus Write at Queeny’s Burgers

5:30-7:00pm: Dinner

7:30- 9:15pm: Black Poet Laureate Palooza at North Star Church of the Arts

9:30-11:30p: Spoken Word/Performance Showcase at North Star Church of the Arts & AfterParty


8:30a: Yoga 

10a: Closing Brunch w/ Meditation Moment & Poetry Reading by: adrienne maree brown

12:30: Healing Workshop w/ adrienne maree brown

Optional Activities in the Park

more details and specific session titles to be released, September 20th

Panelists, Speakers & Workshop Facilitators:


Jennifer Bartell

Asiah Mae

D.J. Rogers

Adrienne Maree Brown

Regina Carter Garcia

Ashley Lumpkin

Jay Ward

Josephus Thompson

Destiny Hemphill

Tyree Daye


Sheree Greer

Kwame Mbalia

Zelda Lockhart


Monica Prince

Monet Marshall

Jonathan S. Eddie

Nichole Palmer


Michelle Lanier

Nikky Finney

Minda Honey

Nikki Miller

Mahogany L. Browne