Thursday, March 14 is the last day of Early Bird Registration for the Kweli Color of Children’s Literature Conference, a program dedicated to assisting and inspiring writers and illustrators of color. The conference, which takes place on April 6 and 7 in Manhattan, includes workshops, keynotes, panels, and manuscript critiques, including many networking opportunities. The lineup of panelists and workshop instructors includes Rita Williams Garcia, Samira Ahmed, Julie Flett, Vashti Harrison, John Parra, and Javaka Steptoe, with a keynote address by MacArthur “Genius” and three-time Coretta Scott King award winner Angela Johnson.
Kweli began as a biannual journal in 2009, later expanding to become a community organization and online magazine, with diverse contributors from countries across the globe. This year’s Color of Children’s Literature Conference honors author Walter Dean Myers and his campaign to improve the representation of people of color in children’s books.