Creating Literature for Our Community
Saturday, November 4, 2023
11am to 4pm in the Main Campus Student Center

ALL COLORS OF THE RAINBOW is a half-day symposium featuring the voices of LGBTQ and Ally writers and illustrators whose work affirms the value of our stories and our lives. We come together in celebration of community and pride. The author Neil Gaiman observed, “A book is a dream held in your hands.”

We are honored to welcome a group of acclaimed authors that includes National Book Award finalists, American Library Association (ALA) Rainbow Booklist honorees, and recipients of the Stonewall Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Newberry Award.

Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, Professor Emerita at The Ohio State University, observed, “Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.”

We invite you to join us for “All Colors of the Rainbow,” as we listen, learn and share as readers, writers, illustrators, parents, educators, advocates, administrators, librarians, counselors, media specialists and, most importantly, people who envision a world with all colors of the rainbow.

ALL COLORS OF THE RAINBOW is made possible by the Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center in partnership with:

Academic Library Services, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts and Communication, the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities, the Honors College, the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, the Linda E. McMahon Distinguished Professorship in Foreign Languages, the W. Keats Sparrow Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts, and the Women and Gender Office.


Tickets: $15 for adults, $5 for students
Admission includes lunch and all sessions.

Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students (open to all students). Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (252) 328-4788. The public is invited to attend.


11:00 am          Registration and lunch

11:20 am          Welcome

11:30 am          Opening Keynote

Kyle Lukoff, Newbery Award recipient and National Book Award finalist
Author of Too Bright to See, When Aidan Becomes a Brother and Call Me Max

11:50 am          Roundtable with Authors

Hosted by Dr. Will Banks, ECU University Writing Programs Director

12:20 pm          Break

12:30 pm          Meet the Author, Session #1

1:30 pm            Break

1:45 pm            Meet the Author, Session #2

2:45                  Break

3:00 pm            Closing Keynotes

Mariama J. Lockington, Stonewall Honor Award recipient
Author of For Black Girls Like Me, In the Key of Us and Forever is Now
Abdi Nazemian, Lamda Literary Award recipient and Stonewall Honor Award recipient
Author of Only This Beautiful Moment, The Chandler Legacies, and Like a Love Story

3:30 pm            Book Signing with Authors
Books will be available for purchase