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Tina McElroy Ansa @ South Dallas Cultural Center

When: Thursday, March 29, 7:30 pm
What: African Diaspora-New Dialogues
Hosted by: Patrick Oliver, Founder, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers
Where: South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210

Tina McElroy Ansa

In 2005, Ms. Ansa was awarded the 2005 Stanley W. Lindberg Award for her body and work and for contributions to the literary arts community of Georgia. In November of 2006, she will be honored as one of two living Authors of Note at the Georgia Literary Festival. Her first novel BABY OF THE FAMILY was selected for the 2002 list 25 Books Every Georgian Should Read. In 2005, her second novel UGLY WAYS was included in that year’s list of 25 Books Every Georgian Should Read. The lists are compiled and issued by the Georgia Center for the Book. In 2002, Ms Ansa was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent at the Gwendolyn Brooks Center of Chicago State University.

In the fall of 2004, Ms. Ansa established the Sea Island Writers Retreats on Sapelo  Island, Georgia. The annual retreats seek to assist emerging and established writers in honing their work and skills in fiction, non-fiction, memoir and editing in sessions with professional writers and editors.

In 2006, she extended the writers retreats throughout the country with the Sea Island Writers Retreats…On the Road. These traveling literary retreats are held annually in Atlanta, Georgia on the Spelman College campus at the Women’s Research and Resource Center in April with best-selling authors, screenwriters and editors leading the workshop and lectures.

At the beginning of 2007, Tina McElroy Ansa launched an independent publishing company, DownSouth Press, with a focus on African-American literature, fiction and nonfiction. DownSouth Press is the home to thoughtful stories and work – by established and new authors — that is often under-marketed or excluded from the current publishing landscape’s focus on “niche”, “urban” or “street” fiction.

DownSouth Press’ first list was released in the summer of 2008 and the lead title was Ansa’s new novel, TAKING AFTER MUDEAR, a sequel to the author’s ground- breaking UGLY WAYS, winner of  the  Blackboard Best-Seller Top Fiction Award.

The publishing company’s second list will include one work of fiction and one work of nonfiction. Both books will be published in the fall of 2010.

 


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