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. We're gearing up for another stellar festival May 14 – 17, 2020 with keynote presentations from former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins and a tribute to the late Toni Morrison.
The mission of Greensboro Literary Organization is:
- to bring readers and writers together throughout the year
- get authors in front of students and books to those students
- coordinate Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival
- promote inclusivity
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.
▪ We pledge to continuously examine our programs and practices, thinking deeply about the work we present to our community.
▪ We will not be complacent.
▪ We will actively be involved in the ongoing conversation about systemic racism in our community and the nation.
Jessica Beamon, Program Manager
Lindsey Cockburn, Student Advisor
Vicki Coleman (Dean of Library Services, NC A&T University)
Stephen W. Colyer, Secretary
Brian E. Lampkin, President (co-owner, Scuppernong Books)
Dabney Sanders (Project Manager, Downtown Greenway)
Angie Smits, Treasurer (Publisher Representative, Southern Territory Associates)
Andrew Saulters (Editor & Designer, Unicorn Press)
Sam Shires (Business Development Director, Kisco Senior Living)