By Eagle Newswire



The Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa and Magic City Books, along with numerous community partners, announce the second annual Tulsa LitFest. The festival is set for April 11-14, 2019. All events are free and open to the public

This year’s headliners include Heid E. Erdrich, Stacey Abrams, Ron Silliman, Eileen Myles, and Peter Carey. Erdrich, Ojibwe citizen enrolled at Turtle Mountain, is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media. Her landmark 2018 anthology, New Poets of Native Nations, collects poems by twenty-one Indigenous writers whose first books were published after 2000. Abrams, recently a candidate for the Georgia governorship, is the author of eight novels, a memoir, and the forthcoming Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change. Abrams will be discussing her book “Lead from the Outside” at Booker T. Washington Field House on April 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Breakout star Stacey Abrams has written the guide to harnessing the strengths of being an outsider and succeeding anyway.

Leadership is hard. Convincing others—and yourself—that you are capable of taking charge and achieving more requires insight and courage. Lead from the Outside is the handbook for outsiders, written with an eye toward the challenges that hinder women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and millennials ready to make change. Stacey uses her hard-won insights to break down how ambition, fear, money, and failure function in leadership, and she includes practical exercises to help you realize your own ambition and hone your skills. Lead from the Outside discusses candidly what Stacey has learned over the course of her impressive career in politics, business and the nonprofit world: that differences in race, gender, and class provide vital strength, which we can employ to rise to the top and create real and lasting change.

Stacey Abrams is an author, serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO and political leader. After eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, Abrams became the 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, where she won more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. She has founded multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels; and she is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Abrams is the 2012 recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award and the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States.

The small press fair will take place at the Greenwood Cultural Center (322 N. Greenwood Ave.) on Saturday, April 13th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A panel discussion about submitting to literary magazines, with representatives from Cimarron Review, Nimrod International Journal, and Mojo & Mikrokosmos will kick off the fair at 10 a.m. A second publishing panel, on the topic of publishing for young readers, follows at 11 a.m. with Chad Reynolds and author Mariana Llanos of Penny Candy Books. Additionally, works and publications from Tulsa Artist Fellowship authors will be available to purchase, a

Registration is currently closed for Stacey Abrams. To see the full schedule of Tulsa Lit Fest events, please visit:


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