We are readers, writers, students, academics, authors, and volunteers who are passionate about books, writing, and reading!
The Greensboro Bound Literary Festival was created in 2017 as a project of the 501(c)3 non-profit Greensboro Literary Organization. GB 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 literature. 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 our 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 2020 Festival was cancelled due to COVID-19, but we returned in 2021 with the debut of our first-ever virtual Festival featuring among many others, Roxane Gay, Nnedi Okorafor, and former US Poet Laureate, Billy Collins. In 2022 we retuned to a live, in-person festival featuring Amor Towles, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and National Book Award winner Jason Mott among many, many others!
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 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 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.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Greensboro Literary Organization/Greensboro Bound celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion. These values are central to our mission and are reflected in our programs, with our people, and through our practices and processes.
- Through our programs, we highlight diverse voices and engage in conversations that confront systemic racism and other forms of oppression.
- We pledge that our people – readers, writers, board, staff, and volunteers – be more reflective of the community we serve.
- We commit to creating and holding ourselves accountable to more equitable practices and processes.
Our collective commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion guides all aspects of our work and our organization is better for it.
Board of Directors and Staff
Board Chair: Dabney Sanders, Project Manager, Downtown Greenway
Board Vice Chair: Brian Lampkin, co-owner, Scuppernong Books; co-founder of Greensboro Bound
Secretary: Paula Pierce, retired federal executive, avid volunteer, and downtown advocate
Treasurer: Steve Colyer, retired telecom executive; co-founder of Greensboro Bound
Jessica Beamon, Program Manager
Lynn Witherspoon, Logistics Coordinator
Martin Acevedo, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
Barbara Halbert, Program Coordinator, Teaching Resources Center in the School of Education, UNCG
Nakia Hoskins, External Engagement Coordinator, University Libraries, UNCG
Harvey Long, Student Success Librarian, Bluford Library, NCA&T
Gigi Renaud, Global Finance Director, Center for Creative Leadership (retired)
Angie Smits, Publisher Representative, Southern Territory Associates
Natalie Strange, Director of Library Media Services, Guilford County Schools
Waiyi Tse, Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor, UNCG
Lynn Wooten, Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations, The Well-Spring Group