‟Books transmit values. They explore our common
humanity. What is the message when some children
are not represented in those books?”

"In a career spanning over 45 years, Walter Dean Myers wrote more than 100 books for children of all ages. His impressive body of work includes two Newbery Honor Books, three National Book Award Finalists, and six Coretta Scott King Award/Honor-winning books." 

Join us at Scandinavia House in midtown Manhattan on Saturday, April 9, 2016, 9AM-9PM as we prepare to honor his legacy with a conference that celebrates our voices, our stories, our truth. Kweli's spring conference is an excellent opportunity for writers and illustrators of color to learn, get inspired and network with others in the industry. The day will include a keynote address by award-winning author, EDWIDGE DANTICAT. Our panels and workshops will cover topics from the craft of writing to the business of writing. Top editors, agents, and authors will discuss crucial steps to help launch a writer's career and offer carefully considered manuscript critiques. We will end the day with an evening reception.   


Victoria Wells Arms (Agent, Wells Arms Literary)

Stacey Barney (Senior editor, Putnam / Penguin)

Tracey Baptiste (Author, The Jumbies)

Regina Brooks (Agent, Serendipity Literary Agency)

Joseph Bruchac (Author, Trail of the Dead)

Joanna Cardenas (Editor, Viking / Penguin)

Sona Charaipotra (Author, Shiny Broken Pieces) 

Sheela Chari (Author, Vanished and Find Me in Dobbs Ferry)

Dhonielle Clayton (Author, Shiny Broken Pieces)

Edwidge Danticat (Author, Untwine and Mama’s Nightingale)

Jessica Echeverria (Editor, Lee & Low Books)

Zetta Elliott (Author, The Girl Who Swallowed the Sun)

T.S. Ferguson (Editor, Harlequin Teen)

Antonio Gonzalez (Marketing Manager, Scholastic)

Katherine Harrison (Editor, Knopf)

Andrew Harwell (Editor, Harper Collins)

Connie Hsu (Senior Editor, Roaring Brook, Macmillan)

Cheryl Hudson (Editorial Director, Just Us Books)

Grace Kendall (Editor, FSG / Macmillan)

Cheryl Klein (Executive Editor, Arthur A. Levine, Scholastic)

Celeste Lim (Author, The Crystal Ribbon)

Alvina Ling (Editor, Little Brown Books for Young Readers)

Nnedi Okorafor (Author, Akata Witch)

Daniel José Older (Author, Shadowshaper)

Beth Phelan, (Agent, Bent Agency)

Lynne Polvino (Editor, Clarion)

Sean Qualls (Illustrator, Little Cloud and Lady Wind)

Natalia Remis (Editorial Assistant, Scholastic)

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Author, 8th Grade Superhero and Two Naomis)

Eileen Robinson (Editor and Publisher, MOVE Books)

Rachel Stark (Assistant Editor, Skyhorse Press)

Mekisha Telfer (Editorial Assistant, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers & Salaam Reads)

Harold Underdown (Freelance Editor, Founder, The Purple Crayon)

Eric Velasquez (Author / Illustrator, Grandma’s Gift)

Stacy Whitman (Founder / Publisher of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee and Low Books)

Phoebe Yeh (Vice President / Publisher Crown Books for Young Readers, Random House Children's Books) 

Click here to learn about the presenters.

Click here for the program schedule.


Advance Registration: $100

On-Site Registration-April 9th: $125