April 25, 2024



Second Annual Polyrhythms Black Author’s Forum

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The second annual Black Author’s Forum will be held on Friday, August 18, 2023, at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Rock Island, Illinois. The event, which is part of the Polyrhythms Bill Bell Jazz and Heritage Festival, will begin at 6:00 pm. Local Black authors will discuss their books and answer questions. Books will be available for purchase.

The forum is designed to introduce the Quad City community to local published authors. It will also provide authors a platform to sell their books, share their process and passion, and inspire future authors. The event is also part of Polyrhythms/Jazz and Heritage Festival’s mission to provide cultural and learning activities that enhance the quality of life for its audience/community.

The forum will feature a variety of authors, including:

  • Shellie Moore Guy, author of “How Little Billy Learned to Play.”
  • Diana Anita Allen, author of “Life Lines…A book of poetry & ‘things’ inspired by my Life.”
  • Dr. Burl Randolph, author of “Inspired, Not Retired: Leadership Lessons from Father to Son.”
  • Amari Harris, author of “Daddy Dinosaur Gets Deployed.”
  • Donald Hinton, author of “From Prison to Properties.”
  • And many more!

The forum is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact:

  • Shellie Moore Guy: 309-738-3527
  • Diana Allen: 309-269-0305

The Black Author’s Forum is a great opportunity to learn about the work of local Black authors and to support the literary community in the Quad Cities. We hope you will join us!

In addition to the forum, there will also be a Book Fair during MLK Family Fun Days/ Polyrythms Jazz and Heritage Festival on Saturday, August 19, on the grounds of the facility. Books will again be available for purchase.

We hope you will come out to support the Black Author’s Forum and Book Fair!

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