In this episode, Ekemini and Christina are sitting at the table with an exceptional panel of Black children and teen authors: Khristi Lauren Adams, Esau McCaulley, Trillia Newbill, and Dorena Williamson are at the table! They discuss the importance of writing books for our children and teens, the joys, challenges, and rewards of writing for this particular audience. Pull up a chair and have a seat at the table!
Learn more about our guests:
Khristi Lauren Adams is a speaker, author, youth advocate and ordained Baptist minister. Khristi is the author of Parable of the Brown Girl, Unbossed: How Black Girls Are Leading the Way and its middle grade version Black Girls Unbossed: Young World Changers Leading the Way. Khristi also works as Dean of Spiritual Life & Equity at the Hill School and is an instructor of Religious Studies. Khristi is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in Advertising and a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary where she obtained a Master of Divinity degree.
Rev. Esau McCaulley, PhD is an associate professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. His first book entitled Sharing in the Son’s Inheritance was published by T & T Clark in 2019. His second book Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope was published by IVP academic in 2020. It has won numerous awards, including Christianity Today’s book of the year. His first children’s book, Josie Johnson’s Hair and the Holy Spirit, will be published by IVP in May 2022. He is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.
Trillia Newbell is the author of several books including A Great Cloud of Witnesses, Sacred Endurance, If God Is For Us, Fear and Faith, and the children’s books, Creative God, Colorful Us and God’s Very Good Idea. When she isn’t writing, she’s encouraging and supporting other writers as an Acquisitions Editor at Moody Publishers. Trillia is married to her best friend, Thern, they reside with their two children near Nashville, TN. You can find her at trillianewbell.com and follow her on instagram at @trillianewbell.
Dorena Williamson is a Preacher's Kid, First Lady, and longtime bridge-builder. In 1995 she and her husband planted multiracial Strong Tower Bible Church in Nashville. Whether it's in the Bible, in books, or on the big screen, Dorena loves the power of a good story, and she writes children's books that adults need too. As a mother of four, she is passionate about planting seeds of truth for the next generation. Visit her at dorenawilliamson.com.
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