Griot and Grey Owl Black Southern Writers Conference

The Griot and Grey Owl Black Southern Writers Conference, rooted in Durham, North Carolina, was formed from a need. Far too often Black stories are pushed to the margins, leaving diasporic writers without access or opportunity. Griot and Grey Owl seeks to answer that call. G&G is a three-day writing conference for Black Southern writers packed with world-class workshops, panels and historical tours that cover culture, career and community.

Nov. 10-12, writers will gather to connect with renowned Southern workshop facilitators stationed at historical locations, panels with renowned Southern authors, field trips tethered to the thriving Black Wall Street scene and more! Its goal is that, after a weekend of writing in Durham, attendees will leave the conference energized, empowered and inspired to take the seeds learned at Griot & Grey Owl back to their own communities.


Hourly Schedule

Friday, November 10

11:00am - 12:00pm
Rubenstein Library Art Gallery Tour & Workshop w/ Mandy Carter + Kamau Pope
411 Chapel Dr, Durham, NC 27705
12:00pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch for all participants in the Duke Rubenstein Gallery
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Mahogany L Browne Reading
Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University – 2020 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Terrance Hayes Reading
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Q&A + Book Signings w/ Mahogany & Terrance
Rubenstein Arts Center
5:00 - 7:00pm
Dinner Break
The Griot Battle Royale Poetry Slam Competition
Rubenstein Arts Center
9:30 - until
Mix and Mingle Reception
Durham Hotel Rooftop


8:00a - 8:40a
Opening Breakfast
21 C Durham
8:45a - 9:30a
Welcome & Keynote by: Dasan Ahanu
Durham Arts Council- 111 North Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701
9:30a - 11a
21 C Durham Hotel & Durham Arts Council
11:00 a
Hallmark Craft Talk w/Terrance Hayes
Line, Breath, and the Word
12:00 pm
Lunch at Queeny’s Burgers
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Panels & Roundtables
21 C & Durham Arts Council
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Hallmark Workshop
Nikky Finney: Writing the Land
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Book Fair & Author Signings at Durham Arts Council
5:30pm - 7:00pm
7:30pm - 9:15pm
Black Poet Laureate Palooza at North Star Church of the Arts
9:30pm - 11:30pm
Spoken Word/Performance Showcase
North Star Church of the Arts & AfterParty


8:30a - 10am
10am - 12:30pm
Closing Brunch w/ Meditation Moment & Poetry Reading by: adrienne maree brown
Healing Workshop w/ adrienne maree brown


Nov 10 - 12 2023


11:00 am - 12:30 pm



More Info

Schedule Info


Durham Arts Council @ 120 Morris Street
Durham Arts Council @ 120 Morris Street
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