Black Author's Panel with Arnold Daniels Jr., Donika Kelly, and Gabrielle Williams, and Eliza David

September 24, 2022 - 11:00am
Prairie Lights Bookstore

Please join us for this year's Black Author's Panel in conjunction with the Iowa City Soul & Blues Festival. This year's event will be moderated by Arnold Daniels Jr., and feature readings and conversation with Donika KellyGabrielle Williams, and Eliza David.

Arnold Daniels Jr. is a former U.S. State Department Liaison. He is an Anthropologist, entrepreneur, educator and volunteer with the African American Museum of Iowa. Mr. Daniels has taught Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Cultural Geography, English, History, and Sociology at several East Coast colleges and universities. A longtime resident of Washington, D.C., he now makes his home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Donika Kelly is the author of The Renunciations (Graywolf), winner of the Anisfield-Wolf book award in poetry, and Bestiary (Graywolf), the winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and a Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Kelly’s poetry has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Publishing Triangle Awards, the Lambda Literary Awards, and longlisted for the National Book Award. 

Eliza David is the romance author of twelve self-published novels, including the six-book Cougarette series. She was born and raised on the noisy South Side of Chicago, but now works as a librarian in quiet Iowa City, one of the renowned Cities of Literature.

Gabrielle Williams was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. She’s a mother to two—Isabella and Israel—author, personal trainer, mentor and personal chef. She always knew she wanted to be a cook since the age of 7, sitting in the kitchen watching her mom and grandma cook. She also watched cooking shows and cooked her first meal at the age of 8: some baked chicken, just like a lady on TV. She enjoys cooking for her family and others.