Angela Belcher Epps

Angela Belcher Epps is the author of a novella, Salt in the Sugar Bowl (Main Street Rag, 2013). She has contributed to three anthologies: All the Songs We Sing: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective (Blair, 2020); Heartspace: Real Life Stories on Death and Dying (heart2heart, 2019), and Gumbo for the Soul: The Recipe for Literacy in the Black Community (iUniverse, Inc., 2007). Her stories and essays have appeared in Workers Write (a chapbook); the North Carolina Literary Review; Essence Magazine; Main Street Rag; moonShine Review; When Women Awaken; Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, and others. She’s a past recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council creative nonfiction grant and a Wildacres writing residency. Visit her website:

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LeJuane Bowens

LeJuane (El’Ja) Bowens is an award-winning spoken word poet, host, speaker, workshop facilitator, and author. Born in Detroit, Mich and raised in Lima, Ohio El’Ja

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Michelle Lanier

Michelle served as the first executive director of North Carolina’s African American Heritage Commission, which strives to preserve, promote, and protect the state’s African American

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