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Grace F. Edwards: Executive Secretary of The H.W.G.  and prolific writer. She has been  praised by Harlem Writers Guild founder Dr. John Henrik Clarke as an extraordinary writer who in his opinion captures the mood, the feel and the sense of Harlem in her writing.

Grace is the author of In The Shadow Of The Peacock ( Her first published novel) the Mali Anderson Mystery series and The Viaduct ( Her latest). 

Grace was a YADDO fellow and has taught creative writing at Hofstra University and the college of New Rochelle, and currently teaches fiction at Marymount Collage and The Frederick Douglas Creative Arts Center in Manhattan.   

Grace is appreciative of the time she spends with the guild and thanks them for all their support and especially their inspiration.






Betty Anne Jackson: Is an educator whose specialty is ethnic studies. She produced a curriculum guide to Kwanzaa in 1978 that still serves as source material for educators and writers. Her works include African Activities, Nigeria and There is a River called Niger. She has been a Guild member since 1981.  Betty has a quick wit and a multitude of funny stories. During the meeting if everyone cracks-up and starts laughing its probably because of something Betty said. She's also the author of Tips For Vintage Woman With Young Lovers which she illustrated.






       Diane Richards: is the founder of Harlem Renaissance Publishing,

       Inc., a publishing entity committed to showcasing literature in the

       tradition of the Harlem Renaissance writers.

       Woodie King, Jr. of the New Federal Theatre has slated one of her books

       'Sowa’s Red  Gravy Stories'  for theatrical production.






Judy C. Andrews is a high school teacher in Brooklyn.  She received a Master of Arts degree in creative writing from The City College of New York.  She has worked as an editor and freelance writer as well as an advocate for The Children’s Advisory Panel for the International Year of the Child under the leadership of former president Jimmy Carter.  Ms. Andrews enjoys cooking and traveling.  She is a member of The Harlem Writers Guild, which is responsible for helping to publish some of the most outstanding writers of our time, such as Grace F. Edwards, Walter Dean Myers, and Terri McMillan.  A survivor of the New York City foster care system, her wish is to inspire and uplift children as well as adults of foster care through her writing. An Ocean of Jewels also explores the delicate beauty of the Gullah/Geechee culture that embraces the more than one thousand Sea Islands that surround the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.  An Ocean of Jewels is Ms. Andrews’ debut novel.  Visit her web site at









K.C. Washington: A Brooklynite by way of California, K.C. has lived, loved, and written in New York for the past fifteen years. A lover of the word, whether it be clean as a babbling brook or as purple as a violet, she has published poetry, literary fiction and nonfiction in such venues as AOL Style Blog, “Urban Latino Magazine,” “The Nubian Gallery,” and “Cover Magazine.” Her debut novel Mourning Becomes Her was published by the Harlem Writers Guild Press in June of 2006.