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2011 Sweet Readers
in order of appearance

Jill Cloud
Guest Author
Jill Cloud is the co-founder of the Soul Factory Church and founder of QueenBe and Customize Solution; she is also the author of the forthcoming Raising a Doctor. Leading Them To Their Promised Land Without Losing Yourself Along the Way.  In addition to being featured on CNN and "Rock The Flow" Radio, Jill was honored by the National Congress of Black Women for her tenacity, courage and leadership ability. Jillís philanthropy, community outreach and nationally recognized youth initiatives have intimately touched the lives of thousands. Her forthcoming book, Raising a Doctor. Leading Them To Their Promised Land Without Losing Yourself Along the Way is due out in 2012.  www.queenbe.com

Hollis Lashley
Guest Author
Hollis Lashley is a prolific artist and the author of "Gifts from the Heart." He has performed his music and poetry at many venues throughout the U.S. including The Smithsonian Institute, The St. Louis Museum, The Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Brooklyn Museum.  He is a life-long student of spirituality. He lives in Maryland with his thyme plant. www.hollislashley.com.

Erica Kennedy
Guest Author
Erica Kennedy is a graduate of Howard University and Seton Hill University . She holds a bachelorís degrees in Journalism and a masterís degree in Writing Popular Fiction. Her career includes stints at BET, Sister 2 Sister magazine, and as a writing professor for Prince George ís Community College. Throughout the years, Erica has written short stories, poetry, and essays for leisure, and most recently won a songwriting contest hosted by R&B singer Marcell Russell, in which her song will be featured on his upcoming CD. She works fulltime as an editor and program manager for the American Academy of Actuaries in Washington , DC , and also as a freelance book editor in her spare time. In addition to serving as president of the Literacy Councilís Board of Directors, she is also president of the Howard University Alumni Club of Prince Georgeís County. Erica will share excerpts from her debut novel, The Tides That Bind.

Gayle Cox
Guest Reader
Member, Literacy Council
Gayle will be reading excerpts from The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok.

Notashia Thomas
Guest Reader
Notashia Thomas, graduate of North Carolina A&T State University is currently working on a Masters degree from Bowie State University. She is passionate about educating children and works with tutoring programs throughout Washington, DC. Notashia will be sharing excerpts from Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist.

Urenna Okoye
Guest Author, When I Play Soccer
Urenna started writing this book when I was seven, when she had just started second grade. She plays soccer, just like the story in the book. In addition to playing soccer, she plays the piano and runs track with the Hummingbird Track Club. Urenna goes to school at Beltsville Elementary in Maryland, where she has a lot of friends and the best teachers in the world! When she grows up she wants to be an artist, a doctor and an author.

Gabrielle Williams
Guest Author, The Making of a Young Entreprenuer
From the time Gabrielle was old enough to open her eyes, she had an attraction to the shiny things in life. Gabrielle began making jewelry at the age of 7 after watching an instructional video on YouTube. Since that time she has aggressively pursued her craft, and has done so with the passion of a seasoned pro. She started her own jewelry company in 2009 called Jewelz of Jordan; a Maryland based business that sells beautiful fashion jewelry for both women and girls with a focus on mother and daughter matching jewelry. Gabrielle is also a motivational speaker reaching young people and author of the book The Making of a Young Entrepreneur. She loves promoting entrepreneurship and the importance of pursuing ones dreams. www.jewelzofjordan.com.

Talita Jordan-Miller, M.D.
Guest Reader
Talita Jordan-Miller or "Dr. J," as she is known by patients, is Chief Pediatric Resident at Children's National Medical Center, one of the nationís leading children's hospitals. She will be reading excerpts from My Motherís Rules: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Emotional Genius byJudge Lynn Toler.

Sharrief McGee, RN
Guest Reader
Sharrief McGee has worked as a nurse at The University of Maryland Medical Center in the Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care unit for the past seven years. She specializes in recovering heart and lung transplant patients as well as patients with artificial heart devises. Sharrief enjoys teaching and mentoring new nurses. Sharrief has been married to her husband Laurence for 6 years and has two wonderful children, Cole and Bryce.  She will be reading excerpts from The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.

Jacqueline Martin, DDS
Guest Reader
Jacqueline Martin is a practicing dentist of 18 years. She is the wife of Darryl Martin, for 10 years this December and the mother of two absolutely wonderful sons: Randy (11) and Daniel (7). She enjoys life and gives 110% of her energy to everything that she involved in. She will be reading excerpts from The Shack by William P. Young

February 2011 Sweet Readers

Marita GoldenMarita Golden
Featured Author at Inaugural Sweet Read Event
Marita Golden is the award-winning author of over a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction including the bestsellers Migrations of the Heart, Long Distance Life and Saving Our Sons. She has taught fiction and nonfiction writing at George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University as well as many writing workshops including the Norman Mailer Writers Colony. www.maritagolden.com

Temeka ParkerTemeka Parker
Guest Author at Inaugural Sweet Read Event
 Temeka Parker is a child and adolescent therapist with a personal mission to counter the beauty standards and images characterized by mainstream society by providing positive stories and representations that reflect the innate splendor of the African-American females.  Locs Like Mine, her first book, was created to encourage girls to express themselves as confident, young females with pride in their ethnicity, unique features and natural beauty.  

Miss Shelaya LaNaeMiss Shaleya LaNae
Guest Author at Inaugural Sweet Read Event
Miss Shaleya LaNae is a rising 2nd Grader at John Hanson Montessori School. Shaleya started writing short stories during "quiet time" in Mrs. Lee's class and has developed a passion for creative writing along with a vivid imagination. Now she is inspired to write stories from her dreams, stories from every day life, and stories of encouragement.  

Are you a writer who is interested in supporting adult literacy and showcasing your work at an upcoming sweet reads event?  Please contact us at info@literacycouncil.org to discuss scheduling and availability.

About Sweet Reads

You know thereís nothing yummier than sinking your teeth into layers upon layers of creamy, sweet, frosting sitting atop a delectable, moistly-baked treat. And here at the Literacy Council of Prince Georgeís County, we know there's nothing more fulfilling than sinking your teeth into an inspiring, romantic, or suspenseful good read. Can you imagine what happens when the two come together? We have an opportunity to make a difference!

The Literacy Council invites you to join us for Sweet Reads, a series of intimate gatherings designed to celebrate our passion for reading and our penchant for sweets. Sweet Reads pairs authors and local bakers together to create evenings of indulgence for bookworms and foodies, all while raising awareness about low adult literacy and local programs that help stem the problem.

Literacy Council programs are supported in part by funding from Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation,  and the U.S. Department of Education.

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