August 17, 12:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m. at Georgia State University: Perimeter College – Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338, Building N-C auditorium. (If you’re not on our mailing list, use the form here to add yourself so you will get any updates about this meeting.)

This meeting may be recorded; if so, the recording link will be shared in the following month’s eQuill newsletter.


12:45-1:30 p.m. Nosh and Networking Mixer for members and first-time visitors in the cafe

  • Please arrive for our meeting as early as 12:45 so you can check in, and then join everyone for a meet and greet opportunity with genre tables to build your network and make new friends.


1:30-1:45 p.m. AWC announcements and upcoming events with AWC President Jill Evans


1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Speaker #1 – Allie Millington

Allie Millington’s debut middle grade novel, OLIVETTI, released with Macmillan Publishers this last March. OLIVETTI was an instant national bestseller and Independent Bookstore bestseller, and also received a glowing review from Tom Hanks in The New York Times. She is slated to release another middle grade novel with Macmillan in March of 2025, and two picture books with Hachette Book Group. Allie lives just north of Atlanta with her husband, a dog called Crumpet, and a collection of clacking machines. For more about Allie visit her Instagram : @allieinink or her website:








2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Book signing for Allie Millington


3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Speaker #2 – Gerald Coleman – Writing the Black Fantastic: Who Gets to be the Hero

Gerald L. Coleman is a philosopher, theologian, poet, and Science Fiction & Fantasy author. He did his undergraduate work in philosophy, english, and religious studies, followed by a master’s degree in Theology. He is the author of the Epic Fantasy novel series, The Three Gifts, which currently includes, When Night Falls (Book One), A Plague of Shadows (Book Two), and the upcoming When Chaos Reigns (Book Three). His speculative fiction has appeared in: The Cyberfunk Anthology: The City, the Roaring Lion Anthology: Rococoa, the Urban Fantasy Anthology: Terminus and Terminus 2, the 2019 JordanCon Anthology: You Want Stories?, Dark Universe: Bright Empire, Cyberfunk! by MVMedia, the JordanCon 2022 Anthology: Neither Endings Nor Beginnings, Whether Change: The Revolution Will Be Weird, the upcoming Spacefunk, and the Locust Award nominated Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction (2022). His essays appear in the polish language Con-Magazine: KONwersacje, Apex Magazine 127, and the Hugo nominated Fanzine: Journey Planet. His poetry has appeared in: Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, Drawn To Marvel: Poems From The Comic Books, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel Vol. 18, Black Bone Anthology, the 10th Anniversary Issue of Diode Poetry Journal, About Place Journal, Star*line Vol. 43, Issue 4, and the #1 bestseller This is the Honey: An Anthology of Contemporary Black Poets.

He has been a Guest Author at DragonCon, Boskone, Blacktasticon, JordanCon, Atlanta Science Fiction & Fantasy Expo, SOBSFCon, The Outer Dark Symposium, World Horror Con, Imaginarium, Multiverse, Weird Bites, NECON, and a Guest Poet/Lecturer at Berea College, University of Kentucky, Centre College (Governor’s School), Transylvania University, Western Carolina University, UNC Charlotte, Florissant College, Kenyon College, Randolph College, the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center.

He’s served as a Scholastic National Writing Juror, is a Co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets, an SFWA member, a Rhysling Award Nominee, and a Fellow at the Black Earth Institute. His newest releases include a collection of SF&F short stories entitled, From Earth and Sky, and a collection of poems and micro-essays entitled On the Black Hand Side. You can find him at

On August 17, Gerald will be discussing his journey to writing black speculative fiction, what his exigencies are, why he choose “the Black Fantastic” over the label “Afrofuturism,” and what’s important about who gets to be the hero in the stories we tell.


4:00-4:15 p.m. Book signing for Gerald Coleman