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Charlotte’s Growing Literary Scene

Join Jenni Gaisbauer, Executive Director of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation for a discussion with local authors about Charlotte’s Growing Literary Scene. The panel discussion will take place on the Fashion and Entertainment Stage on Friday, August 24 from 12-1pm. Panelists include:
Kimmery Martin---author of recently released novel, Queen of Hearts. An ER doctor turned full-time author, Kimmery is the mother of three and an amazing speed reader. 
Kathy Izard---author of recently released memoir,  The Hundred Story Home. A marketing executive turned author, Kathy is the mother of four, and a passionate advocate for our community’s most fragile citizens.
Helen Kimbrough---author and publisher of multiple children’s books. Helen is a literacy advocate, mother of two, and one of the most authentic women you will ever meet.
Kathie Collins---poet and co-founder of Charlotte Lit.   Mother, poet, editor, teacher and one of the most influential leaders of Charlotte’s literary scene.

Books will be availble for purchase after the panel discussion.

Kimmery Martin

Kimmery Martin is an emergency medicine physician who resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three children. The Queen of Hearts, her debut novel about the friendship between a cardiologist and a trauma surgeon, mixes humor and domestic drama with the all-consuming life-or-death world of the practice of medicine. It has garnered praise from Southern Living (“Fans of Grey’s Anatomy are sure to enjoy this new release, a novel about friendship, success, and secrets set amid the day-to-day drama of a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina”)Booklist (“A medical drama executed with just the right balance of intensity, plot twists, tragedy, and humor”), and the The New York Times (“Martin leverages her own background as a doctor to great effect throughout”). She has two more medically-themed novels forthcoming from Penguin Random House.

Writer, Reviewer, Professional Book Nerd.

Connect with Kimmery:
Twitter: @Kimmerym
Facebook: @Kimmery.books
Instagram: @Kimmerymartin
Goodreads: Kimmery Martin
Order The Queen of Hearts on AmazonBarnes & NobleIndiebound or ibooks. 

Kathie Collins, Ph.D

Kathie Collins, Ph.D., is co-founder of Charlotte Center for Literary Arts, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to elevating the literary arts in the Charlotte area. Kathie earned her graduate degree in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she is now an adjunct instructor. A poet and lifelong student of Jungian psychology, Kathie thrives in the in-between space from which dreams and creativity emerge. She’s happiest when she can share that space with others and one of her great passions is bringing words and people together for transformative conversations. Kathie’s poetry has appeared in Immanence, Kakalak, BibleWorkbench, and Between. Her chapbook Jubilee was published by Main Street Rag in 2011.

Connect with Kathie:
Twitter: @cltlit
Facebook: @cltlit
Instagram: @charlottelit

Helen Hope Kimbrough

Helen Hope Kimbrough is from Athens, Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Hampton University. She is the president of AK Classics, LLC and the author of four multicultural children's books entitled Ocean Waves and Other TalesPlay Dates and Other TalesMy Soul/African American Spirituals: Embracing the Journeyand her latest book, Yummy Healthy Tasties in My Tummy, which will truly inspire children and families to eat healthy.

For over a decade, Helen has committed herself to interactive storytelling, writing, and literacy initiatives to support children and families. This is apparent in her commitments with nonprofits like Reading Partners, Promising Pages, the Literacy Council of Union County, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library Foundation, Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated, and as a 2016 award honoree by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in North Carolina for her role in making reading fun, engaging, and life-changing. Helen is profoundly humbled by the opportunity to pursue her purpose and passion, and is extremely thankful to serve this dynamic community.
Currently, Helen resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and sons.

Connect with Helen:
Twitter: Helenhk4 
Instagram: Helenhk4
Facebook: Helen Hope Kimbrough & AK Classics, LLC 

Kathy Izard

Kathy Izard was an award-winning graphic designer for twenty years in Charlotte before launching the pilot program Homeless to Homes for the interfaith Urban Ministry Center in 2007. She led the city-wide effort to build Moore Place, Charlotte’s first permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless men and women. After Moore Place opened in 2012, Kathy worked on numerous civic projects most recently leading the development campaign for HopeWay, Charlotte’s first nonprofit residential mental health treatment center which opened in 2016. She wrote about her efforts in the originally self-published memoir The Hundred Story Home which received the 2017 Christopher Award.  In 2017, the book and movie rights to her story were purchased by Thomas Nelson, a division of Harper Collins, and a new edition released June 2018.

Connect with Kathy:
Instagram: @kathyizardclt
Facebook: @kathyizardclt
Twitter: @kathyizardclt
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