I am so grateful to have been a guest lecturer for so many great universities and organizations over the years. Among my favorite moments are speaking in front of over 200 Ohio University students on the topic of being gay and black on a predominately white college campus. I also enjoy speaking before smaller crowds as well, such as book clubs and community organizations. Check out some of my previous speaking engagements below.
I believe that my purpose as a novelist is to use literature to inspire conversations about social change. The themes in the Lazarus trilogy have inspired debates about cultural assimilation, the bullying-to-hazing pipeline, intercultural relationships, black femininity and masculinity, and fatherhood. Future novels will discuss the role of faith and culture through the lens of speculative fiction. Let’s talk about these themes.
I’m looking forward to meeting you, discussing my current projects, and delving into some of the issues raised in my work. Perhaps you’re interested in the intersections of race, orientation, and class on college campuses. Maybe you have an interest in bringing more diversity to your IFC or College Panhellenic. Or maybe you want to talk about the fiction-writing process one-on-one. I am open to these topics and so many more.