Black Women Leading

Room 3501 EF, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, February 8, 2024
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Black women are authoring change as new and founding leaders of literary arts organizations throughout the country. Hear from the leaders of the Loft in Minneapolis, Hedgebrook in Freeland, Lambda Literary in New York, TruArtSpeaks in St. Paul, and CityLit Project in Baltimore about how their identities inform their values, perspectives, and approach to leadership within their organizations and communities.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Black_Women_Leading_AWP_2024_Event_Outline.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: Black_Women_Leading_Recommended_Readings.pdf
Supplemental Document 2: Loft-Strategic-Framework-Digital-V2.pdf



Arleta Little is a writer and culture worker. Her recent literary work has appeared in multiple journals and publications including We Are Meant to Rise; Calyx; Blues Vision; and Water-Stone Review. She currently serves as the executive & artistic director for the Loft Literary Center.

Tish Jones is a poet, emcee, and hip hop theater artist from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her work explores themes of Black love, liberation, politics, and Afro-Futurism. Jerome Hill Artist Fellow and an Arts Matters Artist2Artist Fellow, Tish also serves as the founder and executive director of TruArtSpeaks.

Kimberly A.C. Wilson, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the explanatory journalism and breaking news categories, is the executive director at Hedgebrook. An avid reader, she is currently writing a work of speculative fiction.

Carla Du Pree's work appears in the literary journals Callaloo, The Pierian Literary Journal, and others. She is CityLit Project's executive director and a recipient of fiction fellowships from Hedgebrook, Baldwin for the Arts, VCCA, Rhode Island Writers Colony for Writers of Color, and Deutsch Foundation.

Lisa Willis


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

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