In October of 2015 we, Aziza & Nabila, cooked up a dream on a porch in the lower ninth ward. Because of the generosity of our donors, individual & organizational alike, there are many people we are able to thank for aiding us in making this dream a reality.
Firstly a huge thank you to every single fellow involved. We approached you & you said yes to our vision. To every single festival speaker. A big thank you to the University of Alabama English Department & School of Liberal Arts for their generous donation, specifically Lacee Nesbitt, L. Lamar Wilson, & Joel Brower for their time, the University of Mississippi English Department, specifically Derrick Harriell, Kiese Laymon, (Whole Trill Fam), Anne Freeman & Ivo Kamps. We'd also like to thank Dead Rabbits Reading Series & Greenlight Bookstore for their partnership with our NYC 2016 Mini-festival. So much thanks to Brian Spears & the people at The Rumpus for partnering with us on the announcement of the organization/tour! Huge gratitude to Brian Oliu & the entire Fall 2016 Alabama Slashpine class for the brilliant chapbooks they printed, hand stitched, & designed for us. & our first support staff of: Diamond Forde, Brett Shaw, Purvis Cornish, Julian Randall, Nadia Alexis, Sarah Sgro, Reginald Fontenot, & Elizabeth Theriot. Truly this was able to go from being abstract, a mere idea, to something tangible because of all of the people listed & people we may have left off. Thank you for every social media share, every email & blessing sent our way. WIthout you none of this would have been possible.
Grace Shuyi Liew
Kina & Marty Viola-Cain