Join us for a fabulous afternoon of poems, featuring readings by members of the African-American Writers’ Alliance (AAWA).
In January 1991, Californian Randee Eddins called to order the first meeting of the African-American Writers’ Alliance (AAWA). Her idea to begin an informal gathering of Northwest black writers meeting for mutual support and encouragement through the exchange of ideas and concepts became a reality. The warmth and informality provide a forum for both new and published writers, a setting where they can explore both finished works and works in progress among their peers and minus censure. The ready-made audience supports writers by listening and sharing. Equally important, writers have the opportunity to read and recite their works in a variety of venues in the Puget Sound area. Attending and presenting workshops help writers polish their skills. A large number of writers have published their works independently, some in more than one collection. Writers have shared their works in a variety of bookstores, libraries, prisons, churches, taverns, festivals, fairs, schools, museums, colleges, and universities. Our oldest reading venue is Elliott Bay Book Company: we have read there since 19192. AAWA members are often on television and radio. As AAWA celebrates its twenty-sixth year, more than two hundred persons have participated on a variety of levels. The group has published four anthologies: Sometimes I Wander… in 1998, Gifted Voices in 2000, and Words? Words! Words in 2004, and Threads in 2009.