It is with great reluctance that I announce my decision to leave my role as director and producer of Black Writers Reunion & Conference effective upon completion of the 2012 conference and retreat. After significant consideration, I have decided to change the course of my primary career and pursue a direction that will make it difficult to produce the conference at the high standards by which it is known while managing my other obligations and roles.
Although the time has come for me to step down, I realize that ending this incomparable event will leave a gaping void. Thus, it is my sincere hope that the BWRC can live on under new ownership and that the legacy we’ve established for empowering aspiring, emerging, and established Black writers shall be expanded beyond measure.
It has been an incredible journey and an honor to serve the African-American literary community during the past 12 years as director of the conference and the three years prior with the organization that spawned it. I feel deeply blessed to have been able to positively impact so many. It has been intensely gratifying to have watched so many authors flourish and live their dreams.
I am especially appreciative of the many extraordinary speakers over the years and my amazing staff who catapulted this sensational conference straight to the top of its class as well as those who have supported BWRC as volunteers and viva voce promoters. There are so many of you I am thankful for, yet too many to list, but I do thank each and every one of you and pray that you continue to aspire toward and achieve your grandest passions.
With this being my last year at the helm, I look forward with added excitement to the momentous program that will be the 2012 Black Writers Reunion & Conference.