R. Gregory Christie is an award winning illustrator and owner of GAS-ART Gifts, an autographed children's bookstore, gallery and open art studio in Decatur, GA. Mr. Christie also enjoys book binding, and teaching young people about art and literacy.
Kelsi Jackson is a professional artist, designer, children's book illustrator and creator of the webcomic series "A Slice of Life". She is currently living and working in Atlanta, supporting the Arts Community.
Join the Mask Theater for an interactive performance that will engage audiences young and old.
Gateway achieves its mission through touring and outreach performances, workshops, classes, residencies, and exhibits to community and educational venues and by maintaining The Mask Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The company is best known for its original mask theatre and mime productions.
Felizia “Freedom Speaks” Hunt began training for the stage at three years old, at Bernice Johnson’s Cultural Arts Center in Queens, NY, where she studied tap, jazz, African, modern, and classical ballet. In middle school, she won several state singing competitions and choreographed numbers for the school’s show choir and jazz choir. By the time she was 17 years old, she had appeared in several high school musicals, helping to choreograph some numbers; had been co-captain of the cheerleading squad, and had founded the school’s kickline team with her friends. Simultaneously, she was the New York State NAACP Youth and College Division President, leading over 3500 youth members – her introduction to public speaking outside of Easter speeches and church announcements!
Today, Freedom Speaks is the author of several poetry books, two novels, two children’s books, several self-help books, and countless short stories. She has appeared on radio and television, including Robert Townsend’s Black Family Channel, as well as Def Poetry Jam on Broadway at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. She has spoken before tens of thousands of college students across the U.S. and has helped other artists develop their products and brands.
The mother of two holds a Bachelors degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Community Health and is the creator of Wometry™, a multidisciplinary presentation of woman-themed work. She has been referred to as a literary activist and an asset to the literary and performing arts communities.
Visit her online at Wometry.com
Children's Literary Day
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2018
Family-friendly Event presenting authors, illustrators and live performers in the Storytelling Arts
11 am–11:45 pm Children’s Parade and Welcome
12 pm–12:45 pm Mainstage Storyteller: Freedom Speaks
1 pm – 1:45 pm KidsLit Authors Discussion
2 pm – 2:45 pm The Mask Theater Performance
3 pm – 3:45 pm Illustrators Showdown Featuring: R. Gregory Christie & Kelsi Jackson
4 pm – 4:45 pm Scribes & Vibes Teen Spoken Word Competition
Join us for the StorySLAM! - a live storytelling competition that allows each selected storyteller 5 minutes to tell a story around the theme of the night. We invite authors, screenwriters, speech writers, playwrights and even amateurs to bring your A-game to the Stage.
View children's book illustrations by Laura Freeman and TeMika Grooms, as artists talk about their work in the children’s book industry and how YOU can start on a creative journey in Storytelling!
Laura Freeman: https://lfreemanart.com/
TeMika Grooms: http://www.temikatheartist.com/
J.C. Moore was born in the Bronx, New York, to a Trinidadian immigrant father, and a first generation American-Trinidadian mother. She grew up on Long Island where she also attended college and graduate school.
After completing Don’t Fall Asleep, her first novel, J.C. began writing continuing education coursework for accountants and short articles for a small newspaper in Houston, Texas. Today, J.C. focuses on ethnic fiction, children's books, screenplays and nonfiction literary works. Titles include the award winning I am Crocodile; Oh! Could You Imagine; Don't Fall Asleep; Time to G.I.T. Quick Public Speaking Guide; and the Light-Bearer & the Darkness series of short stories.
She is a member of several clubs and professional associations. J.C. enjoys studying history, religion, financial fraud, health and environmental issues. Some of J.C.’s hobbies include sewing, painting and bowling. She resides in Georgia.
Author & Educator, Naomi Bradley, will talk about her education programs and share her latest children's books during story time at the library.
Learn more about Naomi Bradley: https://naomihbradley.com/
Listen to the stories shared by historians who strive to collect and preserve a wide range of archival material, including genealogical records, newspaper articles, photographs, maps, church records, school records, rare books, and tangible artifacts that relate to African-American history in the rural South.
Join us as Kelsi Jackson talks about her webcomic, A Slice of Life, her experiences as a children’s book illustrator and her art exhibit on display at the Salem-Panola Library.
Join us for storytime and authors talk with Hosesa Gibbs, author of Barbershop ABCs: My First Class, as he shares his journey as an author in children's literature.
ABOUT THE BROWN SUGAR STITCHERS:
The Brown Sugar Stitchers are a diverse group of quilters from all over the metropolitan Atlanta area. Our organization was conceived in 1999 as the vision of co-founders Jocelyn Carter and Nancy Franklin. Encouraged and enjoined by former Dekalb County Librarian Doris Wells, the trio moved toward the realization of a quilt guild. In 2000, a core group of quilters formally organized as The Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild and elected Nancy Franklin as its first President. Membership in Brown Sugar Stitchers is open to all quilters.