Goings On


June 15 | 6 pm | Greensboro History Museum | By the Book Series with David Wright Faladé and Phoebe Zerwick. Moderated by Deonna Kelli Sayed. More information here.

June 13th | 7 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC | Conversation with David Wright Faladé, author of Black Cloud Rising. More information here.

June 11th | 2 pm | Scuppernong Books | Writing Historical Fiction with Mimi Merman, David Wright Faladé, Culley Holderfield. Moderated by Deonna Kelli Sayed

June 1st | 6 pm | Scuppernong Books | Open Mic Queerly Beloved

February 25, 6pm| Staged Reading of Debra Kaufmann’s Step Into The Light | Greensboro Playwrights Forum | Greensboro Cultural Center. More details here.

January | Writing Residency | Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities


August 19 | Author Roundtable: Renegade Women: Celebrating Writer after Sixty with Stella Fosse, Ellyn Bache, Dee Stripling. Sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network

September 15 | Author Roundtable: Writing That Debut Novel with David Wright Faladé, Kelly Mustian, and Ashley Bell Peterson. Sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network

July 13 | 7 pm | Virtual – America, Mixeded. A conversation with David Wright Faladé about his novel, Black Cloud Rising, and “Mixeded: A Son’s Story” in The New Yorker. Registration required for Zoom link.

July 10 | 2 pm | Scup Theater – Table Read of an excerpt from One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston. Scuppernong Books.

Past Events

May 19-22 | Greensboro Bound | Writing, Reporting, and Reckoning in the South
– With Frye Gaillard and Cynthia Tucker (The Southernization of America), and Wanda Smalls Lloyd (Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism), moderated by Deonna Kelli Sayed, PEN NC Piedmont Chapter Representative | More Details TBA | PEN NC Piedmont Sponsored Discussion | Greensboro, NC

Apr 22 | 6-8 pm | Prompt Party | NCWN Greater Greensboro | Registration Required

Apr 1 | 7:00 pm | Non-Erotic Reading | Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC | 18+ Registration Required

Oct 21 | Banned: Freedom to Grow | PEN America NC Piedmont Banned Book Week Programming | Scuppernong Books | More Information TBA

Sep 20 | Workshop: What Writers Can Learn From Actors (Private)

Sep 2 | 7:00 pm | PEN America NC Piedmont Chapter Open House and Prompt Party | Scuppernong Books

July 22 | 8:00 pm | Embrace 2021 | Virtual Performance with The Ink Project and Poetic People Power. Click here for tickets.

Feb 16 | 6:30 pm | Book Discussion Facilitator, NC Humanities Council | Breakout Book Discussion of The Water Knife

Dec 9 | 6:30 pm | Book Discussion Facilitator, NC Humanities Council | Breakout Book Discussion of Dry

July 22 | 7 pm | Virtual Event | Wonder Women: A Conversation with Laurie Halse Anderson | More information here.

March 7 | 7-9 pm | Scuppernong Writer in Residence | Interactive Installation on ORIGIN STORIES | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

March 10 | 6:30 – 9 pm | CoMetta “Stories of Us” | Greensboro | More info coming soon

March 12 | 7 pm | Scuppernong Books | In conversation with Melody Moezzi about her new book, The Rumi Prescription.

March 29 | Storytelling Workshop | Washington, DC | (Private)

Feb 23 | 6:30-8:30 pm | LITERARY FRIVOLITY with PEN AMERICA | The Pinhook, Durham, NC. Details here.

Feb 22 | Bennett College | 5th Annual Black History Media Festival | Global Learning Center |  521 Gorrell St, Greensboro, NC 27406

Feb 13 | 7 pm | Non-Erotic Reading | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC


October 27 | 2-5 pm | Scuppernong Books | Publishing Your Work: Traditional, Self Publishing, and All That | Workshop facilitated with author Steve Mitchell. Click here for tickets.

December 5 | 7 pm | Scuppernong Books | Writers as Witness: When Reporting is Personal | Co-sponsored by PEN America and Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival

August 29  |  7 pm | Scuppernong Books | Performance and conversation with Valerie Neiman for her book launch, To the Bones.

May 3rd – Unbound: Pop Up Theatre – 6:30-8:30 pm

Center for Visual Artists in the Cultural Arts Center,  Greensboro, NC. Deonna will perform a monologue based on Valerie Neiman’s novel, To The Bones.

May 18th – Greensboro Bound Literary Festival 

10:00 am – Contemporary Muslim Voices with Huda Al-Marashi and Soniah Kamal at Triad Stage Cabaret.

 11:15 am This Is Your Life Memoir Conversation with Jessica Handler, Huda al-Marashi, Brian Belovitch, and Deonna Kelli Sayed (moderator) at The Greensboro History Museum

February 14th | Annual Non-Erotic Valentine’s Day Reading | Scuppernong Books | 7 pm

Every year, The Guardian combs the wealth of books released and awards the Bad Sex in Fiction Awards. Shannon Jones, Steve Mitchell, and Deonna Kelli Sayed will be reading from the 2018 nominees and the historical winners. The audience can participate by bringing their favorite Bad Sex scenes to read aloud. More info here. 

January 23rd | Moderator: Difficult Curiosities: The Promise of Transformative Conversations with Yair Rosenberg and Abdullah Antepli| The International Civil Rights Museum | Greensboro, NC | Tickets are free. RSVP required. Save your seat. 


Saturday | September 9th | Moderator, First Draft (open mic) 12:30 pm |  Bookmarks Festival of Books & Authors | Winston-Salem, NC.

Wednesday| October 3| How the Immigration Experience Impacts Our Stories
Authors Panel Discussion with Patrice Gopo, Tsitsi Jaji, Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Moderator: Deonna Kelli Sayed | Scuppernong Books | Greensboro, NC

Wednesday | October 10 | Talk: American. Muslim. Feminist: The Intersections of Identity and Culture |  Guilford Technical Community College | Humanities Series | More Info Coming Soon.


Deonna’s short story included in the anthology, Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction From a Small Planet, Vol., 3.  (Press 53).

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