KWELI, The 3rd Annual Color of Children’s Literature Conference

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New York Public Library, Judith

In early April I attended Kweli’s 3rd Annual Children’s Literature Conference.  KWELI is the creation of Laura Pegram. Laura has suffered as an artist in isolation. This experience led her to create KWELI-an online community for those writers of color working alone.

Laura has also made it part of her work to create an online community for Indigenous writers. She has created a platform that amplifies our voices and brings us together. Fifteen Native writers from the North American continent showed up. Traci Sorrell (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) and Rebecca Roanhorse (Ohkay Owingeh /African American) participated on panels, as well. Julie Flett (Cree/Metis) skyped in.

Rebecca’s book is available for pre-order here: Trail of Lightning

Traci’s book for pre-order here: We Are Grateful

Marcie’s book, out now, a great (Adult) mystery, here: Murder on the Red River

Art Coulson: The Creator’s Game

Julie Flett: Julie has several books so just do a search. This is one that lists her as an author. Several of her books are in Cree. Black Bear (Colors in Cree)


KWELI group
Back row: Brian Young, Art Coulson, Kevin Maillard, Joseph Bruchac, Rebecca Roanhorse, Alia Jones Front row: Andrea Henry, Cheryl Savageau, Skyler Kuczaboski, Yvonne W Dennis, Marcie Rendon, Carole Lindstrom, Anna-Celestrya Carr, and Traci McClellan-Sorell Julie Flett was there via Skype to talk about her books. And Kim Rogers is there, too!
Kim Rogers
Me & Kim Rogers

I’m looking forward to going to KWELI in April 2019.


Published by Andrea L. Rogers

I'm a citizen of Cherokee Nation, a mom, writer, and Ph.d. student living in Fayetteville, Arkansas. All text and images © Andrea L. Rogers 2018 - 2021, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

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