Eachworth Journal, a literary collective started by Loganberry Books Author Liaison, Miesha Headen, and Writer and Workshop Leader, Charlotte Morgan, announced their first reading, “Twerk Your Work,” which will be held Saturday, September 21st from 12 noon to 4 pm at Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights. The reading is part of the Great Lakes African American Writers Conference Authors Showcase during Cleveland Book Week with the Cleveland Foundation and the Anisfield Book Award. The day includes a tribute to Toni Morrison, a talk from Anisfield-Wolf Fellow Zachary Thomas, and readings from northern Ohio’s best prose writers of color.
Eachworth Journal seeks to locate and celebrate the best literature from people of color and to expand the audience of readers and writers for the purpose of enriching the body of emerging creative cultural voices around the region. TWERK is a neologism which means, “Taking words, elevating [them], and reading [them] knowingly”. Readers will be featured each hour.
According to Charlotte Morgan, who teaches nonfiction workshops with Literary Cleveland, “we wanted to give a voice to writers around town who aren’t often heard and have never been heard.” These are some of the featured writers:
Ava Reiss is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). At an early age, her parents read to her fables and myths from different cultures. Her imagination filled with the fantastical. The love of a good narrative rooted in deeper mysteries carried over into her writings. (I’m an Asian-American Fiction writer, working under the pseudonym, Ava Reiss.) Piece: Cycle of the Lights: Fall of Ima.
Antoinette Wiley was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Antoinette M. Wiley has always had dreams of pursuing a career as a writer. Favorite writers include Eric Jerome Dickey, Tananarive Due, Octavia Butler, and others. Her primary genre is Weird/Speculative Fiction, but she also enjoys writing poetry, song lyrics, and binge-watching TV shows like Twilight Zone and Thriller. She even sees herself writing episodes of similar shows in the future, and possibly writing a feature film with Jordan Peele (a girl has big dreams). Having received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Cleveland State University, Antoinette has plans to pursue her MFA at Antioch University Los Angeles this December. Her story is called, Girl on the Stairs.
Brittany Ervin or Miss Brit is an author, writer and creative. Her debut book is entitled Real Talk: Quotes to Get You Through to Becoming a Better You which features her original personal quotes and affirmations. Brittany also published a follow up entitled “Sincerely Yours: My Poems & Thoughts” which is a compilation of writings from her teen years to adulthood. Her selection is Unrealistic
Nakia Creel. Nakia Creel is a Cleveland based author. She is the mother of two strong young women. When she was a child, expressed her love for writing by penning poetry. An avid love for music has shaped her style for writing which is interspersed with real life experiences. Love, passion, and intensity comes together in her debut fiction book, Ashes.
Michael Payne. Michael works in the Center for Global Health and Disease at Case Western Reserve University. He describes himself as a man of faith, family man, aspiring author, youth sports enthusiast, and biomedical science researcher. His selection is called Knights of the Cloth.
Leesa Priah. Leesa has been around the literary scene since the early days of the Poets and Writers League. She is an avid reader and spends time honing her craft by attending workshops around town. Her story, Crazy Love Mark. is from her memoir, Crazy Love.
Vivian Thomas. A recent graduate of Ohio University, Vivian has done a lot of work in improvisational acting and performing. She is also a poet who wants to travel around the world to experience different cultures. Her selection, Black Girl is memoir.
Julius K. Ponder is a professional speaker and a Business Development Coach who published Stories of Forgotten People, his first collection of work in 2017. Described as “Short stories of all walks of life, sharing their pain, struggles, success and joy, these stories will force you to leave your bubble and walk in the shoes of the strangers we passed every day. These stories are the stories of forgotten people”. His selection is Four Best Friends.