My time has come, friends. My favorite con of all time, DragonCon, is nigh, and this year ya girl has been invited to be a panelist on not one, but FOUR panels! Will I see you there? Come say hi to the fangirl who will be slightly melted into a puddle of excitement!
My first keynote! This Wednesday I was at UT Austin to present my talk on fandom and identity. The day prior I led a creative writing workshop for graduate students on campus. I can’t tell you how great it feels to be back in the classroom talking about stories and personal narratives!View this post on Instagram
Student, staff, leaders and visionaries at the National Young Women's Day of Action bruncheon. After my keynote a student from the audience asked me what my ships are and honestly I've never felt so liberated and called out, but not even a bit ashamed. ????????????♀️ #dramioneforever #zutaraforever #spuhuraforever Thank you, @gscatut @blackstudiesut @utcwgs @utmec @feministactionproject and @latinostudiesut. ???????? ???????? ✊???? ???????? #utaustin #austin #resistance #scholarship #geekgirls #fandom #yabooks #ya #kidlit #fangirls #representationmatters #representation #diversity #thisiswhatafeministlookslike #feminist
Had a wonderful time at Malaprops last night. I mean, any event is wonderful when you get to spend time with Amy Reed, Amber Smith, Jaye Robin Brown, and Alexandra Duncan!
My first book festival! I’m so thrilled to be invited to Bookmarks NC 2018! Have you SEEN this lineup of other YA authors? Superstars, all! (scroll to the right to see me!) Come see our Our Stories, Our Voices panel on Saturday and join us for a Q&A and signing afterwards!View this post on Instagram
Scroll ➡️ We're so excited for all the amazing YA authors that will be at our book festival this year! Don't miss seeing Roshani Chokshi, Zoraida Córdova, Lamar Giles, Maurene Goo, Ellen Hopkins, Tiffany D. Jackson, Claire Legrand, Kelly Link,Makiia Lucier, Steve Nedvidek, Daniel José Older, Amy Reed, Brenda Rufener, Aisha Saeed, and Tracy Deonn Walker. ???????? Join us downtown Winston-Salem, NC September 6-9 for all the fun! Visit our Festival website (link in bio) for our Festival program, schedules, bios, FAQ, map and more! @roshanichokshi @zoraidasolo @lamargiles @maurenegoo @ellenhopkinsauthor @writeinbk @clairelegrand @brendarufener @aishacs @tracydeonn ???????? #readya #youngadultbooks #ya #youngadult #yalit #bookstagram #bookfestival #festival #winstonsalem #dtws #wsnc #nonprofit #community #booknerd
So pleased to moderate and participate in our launch event for my first YA publication. This anthology is close to my heart. Thanks to everyone who attended!View this post on Instagram
Great crowd last night at the @qrbteen @quailridgebooks launch event for OUR STORIES, OUR VOICES! This was before we started. By the end it was standing room only! A great discussion with @ambersmithauthor @alexandraduncan42 @jayerobinbrown and led by yours truly! ???????????? # yabooks #resist #amreading #amwriting #ya #kidlit
Right on the heels of SDCC, I’ll be appearing with Color of Fandom at Blerdcon 2018!
I’ll be on Friday’s panel – “Conflicts in Black Panther.”
Dream come true time! I loved being a part of this panel and going to SDCC for the first time. I met SO many YA author peers and friends and even met my editor for the first time in person!
Anyone in my social media-sphere knows that I have a lot to say about and a lot to fangirl over when it comes to Black Panther. Well, my time is now! BeConnectedDurham, led by organizer and creative intellectual queen, Angel Dozier, invited me to speak on a second Women of Wakanda panel on March 20 in Durham. This time we’ll be at Ngozi Design Collective. Tickets are available at the Eventbrite page. See you there!
Super happy to have moderated this discussion about Black Panther at NCCC: Oak City with The Color of Fandom! We had a packed house and a great conversation. And there’s video! Coming soon.
This is the second of six events in the Take Notes: Black Panther Series, hosted by a collective of artists and educators across Durham. This one is hosted at Arcana, a local events space and lounge. Looking forward to the community, the female creatives, the scholars, the #BlackGirlMagic, and the Black Panther soundtrack. Be there!
EDIT: Look at these themed cocktails, y’all!