Writers Weekend


Virtual Conference


William B Ward (Audio Books)

Williams B Ward has worked in stations coast to coast. His television credits are numerous, and he was even invited to perform on NBC’s Phenomenon. Ward has also been affiliated with Ringling Bros. Circus, World Cass Championship Wrestling and The Globe of Death (motorcycle stunt show).

Phyllis Hodges (Marketing)

Phyllis Hodges CFT, LHM is the bestselling author of A Divine Connection and the newly released compilation, Girl Power. Her sophomore title, 8 Years of Unforgettable History, is an international book found worldwide in schools, libraries, bookstores, and many homes. The author, clergy, television personality, and fitness specialist currently reside in Arkansas with her husband.

Edith Calloway (Anthology Author)

Edith J. Callaway-Frazier earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Philander Smith College, a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Master of Science in Library Media and Information Technologies from the University of Central Arkansas. Ms. Callaway-Frazier, a former English teacher, currently works as a library media specialist and spends her free time editing creative works of all types.

Nichelle Christian (Anthology Author)

Nichelle Christian, M.Ed., is an educator and writer. Christian serves as president of the Janis F. Kearney Writers Group, Inc. in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Eartha Dunston (Anthology Author)

Eartha Dunston is a native of rural Alabama and a self-proclaimed southern girl at heart. A Cum Laude graduate of Alabama State University, she also holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. The award-winning children’s author was also the recipient of the Black Pearls Magazine Literary Excellence Author of the Year award for her book, “The Hair Adventures of Princess Lindsey Sidney.”

Tanja Enoch (Anthology Author)

Tanja Enoch is a Ph.D. student in the Heritage Studies Program at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas and enjoys taking an audience on a journey. She is a student of the art of storytelling. Be it written, a photograph or video, for her, it’s about sharing memories. Enoch’s goal is to combine her media background with her doctoral studies to produce documentaries that tell African Americans' stories in the lower Arkansas Delta region.

Janetta Kearney

Janetta Kearney considers herself blessed to have spent time beyond the Arkansas Delta's borders and to have learned from life what she deemed inhumane and outside of her family constructs to find an opportunity to see how she could make a difference in the lives of others. The former lawyer, advocate, and mediator considers the work before her to teach and demonstrate skills that are beneficial to the interest of justice and human rights.

Jonelle G. Lipscomb (Anthology Author)

Jonelle Grace Lipscomb seized the opportunity to focus on writing and photography after retirement from teaching theatre and film. The published author has two stories published in the Southern Stories Anthologies, a photograph published in Diamond Line, and a photograph, short story and poem printed in the Arkansan Review. She lives with her husband, Bryant, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and is currently a candidate in the M.F.A. Creative Writing Program at the University of AR.

Coffy Davis (Poet)

Jennifer “Coffy” Davis was born and raised in Oakland, California, among a melting pot of individuals. Though underprivileged and labeled “at-risk,” Jennifer learned to navigate the pitfalls of the area by finding a safe space in music and Literature. She is the author of two poetry books; MEdusa: A Reflection in poetry and Ghetto Politics, as well as two novels, Freedom and the Memoir, MEdusa: Reflections of an Angry Black Girl.

Jamie Mayes

Jamie Mayes is a Louisiana author, poet, and speaker, who was also a high school English teacher for 12 years. She is the author of 7 books, and she believes one must understand their identity and history to live a purposeful life. Mayes says her goal is to make contributions to the literary community that keep personal empowerment, refined literature, and cultural identity moving forward.

Sharay "Essmora" Morris

Sharay “Essmorra” Morris, author of “Hey, Sis Who Hurt You: a collection of poems, “ is from Oakland, California, by way of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The author and poet is also a proud alumnus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and now resides in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she performs spoken word and writes short stories that are relatable and uplifting.

Thomasema Pannell

Thomasema Pannell is a New York native and retired Army veteran. This author, entrepreneur, and speaker is an influential leader and mom. To learn more visit the author's website.

Ronald M. Smith, Sr. (Poet)

Ronald M. Smith is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a retired US Army, Master Sergeant. Mr. Smith and his wife of more than 35 years, Betty, have three sons Ronald Jr, Raymond Sr. and Ryan. Mr. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Studies from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee. He is retired from Federal Government Service where he served more than fifteen years. Mr. Smith is a motivational speaker and works with students at Cross High School JROTC, Cross, SC.