National Book Club’s 2011 ‘Author of the Year’ set to lead workshop at Highlands Writers Conference

Daniel Black will be joining the 2022 Highlands Writers Conference at Georgia Highlands College (GHC). The March 12th event will also feature filmmakers, poets and fiction writers leading workshops through the day, starting at 9AM. Please visit to register for the event.

Daniel Black is an award-winning novelist, professor, and activist. His published works include They Tell Me of Home, The Sacred Place, Perfect Peace, Twelve Gates to the City, The Coming, and Listen to the Lambs. In 2014, he won the Distinguished Writer’s Award from the Mid-Atlantic Writer’s Association. The Go On Girl! National Book Club named him “Author of the Year” in 2011 for his novel Perfect PeacePerfect Peace was also chosen as the 2014 selection for “If All Arkansas Read the Same Book” by the Arkansas Center for the Book at the Arkansas State Library. The novel has been reprinted more than ten times and is being heralded as an American literary classic. Dr. Black has also been twice nominated for the Townsend Literary Prize, the Ernest J. Gaines Award, the Ferro-Grumbley Literary Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Georgia Author of the Year Prize.

Black’s work has been justly celebrated. National Book Award winning author Charles Johnson says The Coming is “powerful and brilliant.” Black’s newest novel, Don’t Cry For Me, has recently been released by HarperCollins Publishers on February 1st, 2022. About this novel, National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward says, “DON’T CRY FOR ME is a perfect song: the epistolary dirge of a man singing to his son as he faces death by cancer. At turns intense and funny, tender and brutally honest, Jacob’s letter to his son, Isaac, is revelatory. It’s a beautiful book. Read it.”

A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Dr. Black spent his formative years in rural Blackwell, Arkansas. Dr. Black graduated from Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University) where he earned the prestigious Oxford Modern British Studies fellowship and studied at Oxford University. He was awarded a full fellowship to Temple University where he studied with poet laureate of the Black Arts Movement, Sonia Sanchez and earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies. Dr. Black is now Professor of African American Studies at his alma mater Clark Atlanta University.

He lives in Atlanta and is the founder of the Ndugu-Nzinga Rites of Passage Nation, a mentoring society for people of African descent.

The 2022 Highlands Writers Conference is free for all GHC students and will take place at GHC’s Cartersville location. Anyone can register to attend select workshops virtually for free. Additionally, the event is open to the public with a registration fee of $25, which includes lunch. Minors should be accompanied by a guardian.