Griot & Grey Owl Friday at Duke

November 10, 2023

The Griot and Grey Owl Black Southern Writers Conference receives presenting support from Duke Arts and additional support from the Durham County Library, the Nasher Museum, the English and African & African American Studies departments at Duke University. Additional support from The Department of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture at Duke University.

Rooted in Durham, NC, the Griot and Grey Owl Black Southern Writers Conference was formed from a need. Far too often Black stories are pushed to the margins leaving diasporic writers without access or opportunity. Griot and Grey Owl seeks to answer that call. G&G is a 3-day writing conference for Black Southern writers packed with world-class workshops, panels, and historical tours that cover culture, career, and community.

On November 10, the conference events will take place on campus at Duke University,

Schedule for Friday, November 10:

11-11:45am: Rubenstein Library Art Gallery Tour & Workshop w/ Mandy Carter + Kamau Pope – 411 Chapel Dr, Durham, NC 27705 ( Arrive at 10:30 for Park and Ride from Rubenstein Arts Center ) RSVP for Mandy Carter event


1:30-2:30pm: Mahogany L Browne Reading & Workshop (free, no reservation required)

2:30-3:30pm: Terrance Hayes Reading (free, no reservation required)

3:30-5:00pm: Q&A + Book Signings w/ Mahogany & Terrance (free, no reservation required)

7:00pm: The Griot Battle Royale Poetry Slam Competition ( $10 admission)


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