F226. Stitching Quilts: The Carolina African American Writers' Collective as the American Story

Room 15, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


African American quilting is as old as the history of the nation, yet, like African American people, it is often brushed aside. The quilt serves as vibrant revealer of stories in textile and thread and serves as a metaphor for the work of African American writers, stitching image and time. Our work is essential to the American story, in its thread, color, and fabric. In this session, writers defy the erasure of blackness and black excellence, through sharing poems, essays, and quilt images.


Lauri Ramey is founding director of the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, professor of English and creative writing, and faculty adviser of Statement: A Journal of Literature and Art at California State University, Los Angeles.

Dr. Lila Teresa Church has been a member of the Carolina African American Writers' Collective since 1995. She serves as archivist and membership chairperson for the organization.

DéLana R.A. Dameron is the author of Weary Kingdom and How God Ends Us. She is an arts and culture administrator in New York City.

Lenard D. Moore is associate professor of English at the University of Mount Olive. His literary works have appeared in more than 400 publications, including Callaloo, North American Review, and Prairie Schooner. He is author of A Temple Looming, among other books. He is founder of Carolina African American Writers' Collective.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside