We'd like to introduce our judges for our first Black History Month Writers' Contest. Each judge is a talented writer, reader and advocate for the literary arts. After you've read their bios, we hope you visit their respective sites. We'll announce the winners early next week.
Carleen Brice’s debut novel, Orange Mint and Honey(One World/Ballantine), was an Essence “Recommended Read” and a Target “Bookmarked Breakout Book.” For this book, she won the 2009 First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the 2008 Break Out Author Award at the African American Literary Awards Show. Her second novel, Children of the Waters (One World/Ballantine), a book about race, love and family, is available for pre-order now and will be in stores on July 7th. You can read an excerpt at her website carleenbrice.com Check out Carleen's blog, White Readers Meet Black Authors.
After attending Emerson College and Brooklyn College, Tisha Brown taught 4th grade and then 6th grade English for ten years in New York City public schools. When she left the classroom, she worked for several years as a staff developer in New York City Public Schools supporting K-8 teachers, literacy coaches and administrators acquire and hone the skills they need to lead effective reading and writing workshops and improve the quality of their literacy programs. Tisha is currently a 6th grade reading and writing workshop facilitator for a private school. Read more at Tisha's blog, Thinking Aloud.
Christine Swint writes poetry, short stories, and personal essays in metro Atlanta, Georgia, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and her dog Duffy. Her poems and stories have recently appeared online in Mirrors, Postal Poetry, qarrtsiluni, Mannequin Envy, and Asphalt Sky. She edits a new poetry and art magazine, ouroboros review, with poet Jo Hemmant. She's also a columinist with readwritepoem.