GWP is partnering with the UMSL Literacy Clinic to celebrate African American authors through NCTE's African American Read-In celebration. Participating students and teachers can complete the participation form at to register for giftcard give-aways to the local African-American owned bookstore - EyeSeeMe. Opportunities to participate are listed below.


  • ANYONE: Read Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi and join our book conversation on Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. Here is the Zoom link:

  • TEACHERS: Read books/poems by African American authors in your classrooms. Share your classroom events with us using the form linked above to be included in our UMSL celebration. We will give you a shoutout on our social media channels. Need ideas for book selections? Check out NCTE's recommendations here: Also, check our GWP webpage for video submissions of local African American youth and adult writers sharing their writing (see below).

  • AFRICAN AMERICAN WRITERS: If you are an African American writer (youth or adult) who would like to share your writing as part of our celebration, please record a video of you reading your piece and submit the video link using the participation form - We will publish your video on our website during the month of February and post on our social media channels.

Featured Submissions: