Each year in May thousands of book lovers, readers, writers, publishers, academics, scholars, adults, and children converge on downtown Greensboro for the annual Greensboro Bound Literary Festival. We create a space for readers and writers to come together and share stories and experiences. We hope that by providing a platform for dialogue and discussion we can create a better understanding of and empathy for the human condition. The authors and topics presented at Greensboro Bound span a broad swath of interests and subject matter, including the LGBTQ experience, speculative fiction, immigrant narratives, social justice, memoir, and romance… just to name a few.  Our author panels and discussions are complimented by puppet shows, a children’s opera, character parades, artists, and musical presentations.

Greensboro Bound has brought more than 175 authors to Greensboro in it’s first two years, with another 50+ that were slated to appear in May 2020 before the festival had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.  In 2018 and 2019 combined, 7,000 people attended the Festival.

We’ve hosted the likes of:

  • Nikki Giovanni
  • Zadie Smith
  • Daniel Pink
  • Ani DiFranco
  • Carmen Maria Machado, National Book Award Finalist
  • Kevin C. Powers, National Book Award Finalist
  • Rebecca Makkai, National Book Award Finalist
  • Lee Smith
  • Fred Chappell
  • John Shelton Reed

Children’s and YA authors:

  • Alicia D. Williams, Newberry Award Winner
  • Kelly Starling Lyons, Caldecott Award Winner for Illustrator Daniel Minter
  • Lamar Giles, Edgard Award Winner
  • Bill Konigsberg, Stonewall Award Winner
  • Stacy McAnulty

… and many more!