Nina Foxx, Retreat Director
Nina Foxx is a storyteller. With over 17 publications and counting, Nina has been a published author for over twenty years. Her work has won African American Literature Awards in several categories, shortlisted for Doctorow Award in Innovation Fiction and been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Excellence in Literature. Nina works in several mediums. She has has written and produced short films that have been official selections of and won awards in film festivals all over the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, the Urban Media Makers Film Festival and the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. She has also produced and directed two stage plays based on her work, one with an assistance of a grant form the City of Seattle Arts Commission, and been featured in the Intiman Summer Theatre festival. She is a Leader for a major media conglomerate in technology, where she tells the stories that enable technology innovation. Writing Sisters Summit is her brainchild which she founded with her husband, Barry.
Carmen Green began her writing career nearly 30 years ago in the romance genre. Having written more than 40 works for Kensington Books, BET Books, Harlequin Books and Simon and Schuster, Carmen now focuses her writing on women’s fiction, essays and creative non fiction. She is big on experiencing firsts.
Several of Carmen’s books have made bestseller’s lists, including Endless Love, Doctor, Doctor and The Husband She Couldn’t Forget.
Today Carmen works for an international retail company in Human resources, and has been a professor of English for ten years in Atlanta, Georgia.
In her free time, she travels and has recently been to Johannesburg, Capetown and Pretoria, South Africa. Carmen met Nina at a book conference many years ago, where they were both featured authors. They were both in residence and ghost-watching in Wroxton, England while pursuing their MFA degrees at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 32 books, including SWING, REBOUND, which was shortlisted for prestigious Carnegie Medal, THE UNDEFEATED, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, HOW TO READ A BOOK, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and, his NEWBERRY medal-winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. A regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. In partnership with Follett Book Fairs, he created the #AllBooksForAllKids initiative to bring more diverse books into school libraries. In 2018, he opened the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic in Ghana, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded. Kwame is the Founding Editor of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that aims to Change the World One Word at a Time. Kwame met Nina through a mutual friend and worked as a consultant on her first book, Dippin’ My Spoon. She was later his co-author for Do The Write Thing: 7 Steps to Publishing Success.