Festival Info

Pre-Recorded Out of the Box: Exploring the Boundlessness of Black Girlhood

Authors Brandy Colbert (THE VOTING BOOTH), Liara Tamani (ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER KNEW), and Bethany C. Morrow (A SONG BELOW WATER), and Jennifer Baker (EVERYDAY PEOPLE) produce stories introducing readers to a wide range of experiences prominently starring Black girls who are athletes, organizers, and romantics. Their characters are driven, loving, and showcase humility in regions from California, Texas, Portland, and New York. These award-winning, best-selling, and critically acclaimed storytellers reveal their approach through sharing personal photos and Spotify playlists that build their characters and worlds. This conversation centers the evolution of Black girls within the society they’ve been raised in to carve out a way to see and be themselves. PARENTAL GUIDANCE RECOMMENDED. MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 13.

WHEN: 01:00PM EST on Saturday, 2 May 2020


Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2019, she was named Publishers Weekly Superstar for her contributions to inclusion and representation in publishing. Jennifer is the editor of the all PoC-short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018). She has volunteered with organizations such as We Need Diverse Books and I, Too Arts Collective, and spoken on topics of inclusion, the craft of writing/editing, podcasting, and the inner-workings of the publishing industry. Her work has appeared in various print & online publications. Her website is: jennifernbaker.com.

Liara Tamani’s first novel, CALLING MY NAME, was a 2018 PEN America Literary Award Finalist and a 2018 SCBWI Golden Kite Finalist. Her second novel, ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER KNEW, has received a starred review from Kirkus and releases in June.

She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College and lives in Houston, Texas with her daughter, boyfriend, and cat named Eazy.

Brandy Colbert is the award-winning author of several books for children and teens, including The Only Black Girls in Town, The Revolution of Birdie Randolph, Stonewall Book Award winner Little & Lion, and the forthcoming The Voting Booth. She is co-writer of Misty Copeland’s Life in Motion young readers edition, and Brandy’s books have been chosen as Junior Library Guild selections, appearing on many best-of lists, including the American Library Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. She is on faculty at Hamline University’s MFA program in writing for children, and lives in Los Angeles.

Bethany C Morrow is author of adult and YA work, usually speculative, sometimes historical, always centering Black women and girls. Her adult debut, MEM (Unnamed Press, 2018) was an ABA Indies Introduce and Indie Next pick. She is editor and contributor to the resistance anthology, TAKE THE MIC (Scholastic, 2019).