Conference Update: New Keynote & Award Winner

WriteAngles has a new keynote speaker! We are delighted to welcome Shanta Lee to the conference, where she will accept the Abel Meeropol Social Justice Writing Award and give the keynote address. 

Shanta Lee GanderShanta Lee is an award-winning writer across genres and visual artist. She was the 2020 recipient of the Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service to the Arts and a gubernatorial appointee to the Vermont Humanities Council Board of Directors. Her 2023 poetry collection, illustrated by Alan Blackwell, Black Metamorphoses explores the Black psyche, body, soul, through inversion and brazen confrontation of work that has shaped Western civilization in what she calls a conversation, interpretation, and interrogation of Ovid. It was a finalist for the Hudson Prize, shortlisted for the Cowles Poetry Book Prize and longlisted for the Idaho Poetry Prize. Her 2021 collection, GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues won the 2020 Diode Press full-length book prize and the 2021 Vermont Book Award. Her website is

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, who was originally scheduled to give the keynote, is no longer able to participate in the Conference.

As I write this on March 25, there are only three seats still available, so if you’ve been putting off registering, don’t wait too long! We’re hoping to see you at WriteAngles.

~ Ellen Meeropol