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Introduction and Orientation
Get familiar with the virtual event enivornment, get an overview of the schedule, and submit questions you'd like to see answered during the day.
John Lawson
2020-08-27T12:00:00Z 2020-08-27T12:30:00Z America/New_York Introduction+and+Orientation Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Afrofuturist Teachings: An Interview With B. Sharise Moore
Author and educator B. Sharise Moore discusses poetry, editing, crowdfunding, and teaching a new generation about Black contributions to speculative fiction.
B. Sharise Moore John Lawson
2020-08-27T13:00:00Z 2020-08-27T14:00:00Z America/New_York Afrofuturist+Teachings%3A+An+Interview+With+B.+Sharise+Moore Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Author Reading: K. Ceres Wright
K. Ceres Wright performs a reading of her short fiction from the recently published literary journal Chosen Realities.
Ceres Wright
2020-08-27T14:30:00Z 2020-08-27T15:00:00Z America/New_York Author+Reading%3A+K.+Ceres+Wright Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Ask Me Anything
Join our experts to get your questions answered! Use the chat area to send in questions we can answer onscreen.
Diane Williams John Lawson
2020-08-27T15:00:00Z 2020-08-27T17:00:00Z America/New_York Ask+Me+Anything Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Networking
Networking Hour
Pass the dinner hour with other attendees and guest speakers in 1-on-1 networking sessions.
2020-08-27T17:30:00Z 2020-08-27T18:00:00Z America/New_York Networking+Hour Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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An Interview with L. Marie Wood
Join us for a chat about all things horror with screenwriter and author L. Marie Wood.
L. Marie Wood John Lawson
2020-08-27T18:00:00Z 2020-08-27T19:00:00Z America/New_York An+Interview+with+L.+Marie+Wood Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Nappy Metaphysic: An Interview With Gerald L. Coleman
Poet, novelist, and event organizer Gerald L. Coleman discusses fantasy, philosophy, and more.
Gerald Coleman John Lawson
2020-08-27T19:00:00Z 2020-08-27T20:00:00Z America/New_York Nappy+Metaphysic%3A+An+Interview+With+Gerald+L.+Coleman Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Publishing While Black: An Interview With Bill Campbell
Bill Campbell shares wisdom gained from years of publishing graphic novels, comics, and cutting-edge fiction.
Bill Campbell John Lawson
2020-08-27T20:00:00Z 2020-08-27T21:00:00Z America/New_York Publishing+While+Black%3A+An+Interview+With+Bill+Campbell Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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An Interview with Brent C. Lambert
Brent C. Lambert discusses where things stand in 2020 for authors and publishers of Black speculative fiction.
Brent Lambert John Lawson
2020-08-27T21:00:00Z 2020-08-27T22:00:00Z America/New_York An+Interview+with+Brent+C.+Lambert Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)


Brent Lambert

Author and Editor

L. Marie Wood

Screenwriter and Author

Ceres Wright

President of DWASF, Author, & Editor

B. Sharise Moore

Author and Editor

Gerald Coleman

Author and Philospher

Diane Williams

Author and Organizer

Bill Campbell

Author and Publisher

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