We are readers, writers, students, academics, authors, and volunteers who are passionate about books, writing, and reading!
Created in 2017 as a function of the 501(c)3 non-profit Greensboro Literary Organization, Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival began as the creative brain child of Steve Colyer and Scuppernong Books owners Brian Lampkin, Steve Mitchell, and Deb and Dave White.
The idea was to create a festival that would bring together readers, writers, students, academics, authors, and volunteers who are passionate about books and literacy. Over the past three years, that's exactly what we've done! Greensboro Bound is the result of more than 200 volunteers, writers, sponsors, and funders coming together to bring the joy of meeting authors, learning, and reading to the community. In May of 2018 Greensboro Bound closed its first festival with a sold-out keynote event with Nikki Giovanni at NC A&T State University. In May of 2019, we did it again with headliners Zadie Smith and Ani DiFranco with NC's own Rhiannon Giddens.
The mission of Greensboro Literary Organization is:
- Bring readers and writers together throughout the year
- Get authors and their books in front of students
- Produce the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival
- Promote inclusivity by producing programs that confront systemic racism and oppression, in our community and beyond.
Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival celebrates diverse voices from around the world, honors North Carolina’s long and varied literary traditions, and welcomes an inclusive community of readers from Greensboro and beyond.
Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival will bring outstanding writers of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, young-adult and children’s books to our community and into our schools. It will encourage committed readers to further engage with literature and spark new enthusiasm for reading among beginners. By promoting reading and civil public discussion, the Festival will bridge social and cultural divides across our city and region. Greensboro Bound will foster an understanding of writing as a process that allows free expression, deepens critical thought, and helps sustain a culture of inquiry and delight that is open to all.
Board Chair: Dabney Sanders, Project Manager, Downtown Greenway
Board Vice Chair: Brian Lampkin, co-owner, Scuppernong Books
Secretary: Paula Pierce, retired federal executive, avid volunteer, and downtown advocate
Treasurer: Steve Colyer
Jessica Beamon, Program Manager
Barbara Halbert (Program Coordinator, Teaching Resources Center in the School of Education, UNCG)
Chanelle James (Lecturer, Bryan School of Economics, UNCG)
Jamie King (Assistant Superintendent of Teaching Learning and Professional Development, Guilford County Schools)
Angie Smits, Treasurer (Publisher Representative, Southern Territory Associates)
Andrew Saulters (Editor & Designer, Unicorn Press)
Waiyi Tse (Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor, UNCG)