Difficult Curiosities: The Promise of Transformative Conversations | January 23rd | International Civil Rights Center & Museum | 7:00 pm – American Jewish journalist, Yair Rosenberg, and Duke University’s Imam Abdullah Antepli will be in conversation about “difficult curiosities”: conversations across ideological and political differences as an act of civic engagement. A Jewish journalist and a Muslim Imam will demonstrate how two religions often perceived to be in conflict can meaningfully engage with each other. This event is moderated by writer Deonna Kelli Sayed, Festival Coordinator of Greensboro Bound, and offers a model for conversations around religious and political differences in America. Tickets are free, RSVP required. Reserve your seat here. 

May 17 – 19, 2019

Planning for Greensboro Bound 2019 is underway!  Applications for traditionally published authors are open until January 15th. Greensboro Bound is committed to celebrating inclusive communities and honoring writers as essential to vibrant cities.

The inaugural Greensboro Bound Literary Festival in 2018 featured over 70 authors in all genres, including Dan Pink, Naima Coster, Stacy McAnulty, Carmen Maria Machado, Kevin Powers, Beth Macy, Nikki Giovanni, and John T. EdgeThere were panel discussions by Muslim, Latinx, LGBTQ, Transgender, and Undocumented writers. There were events for children and teens featuring Picture Book, Middle Grade, and Young Adult authors. There were craft workshops in a variety of genres, music events, performance poetry, a photography exhibits at Greensboro Project Space, and an exhibit of typewriters used by famous authors at the Greensboro History Museum.There was an an opera!  A Puppet Show!  Yoga!  Llamas! And every event was FREE.

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Unmissable Talks

Meet a few of our Binders

Steve Colyer

Steve Colyer


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Dabney Sanders

Dabney Sanders


Brian Lampkin

Brian Lampkin


David McLean

David McLean


The Location

Greensboro Bound will take place May 17-19 at walk-able venues throughout downtown Greensboro, including the Greensboro Cultural Center, Guilford Central Library, the Greensboro History Museum, the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, Triad Stage, and others. Each venue is no more than 10 minutes from another. There are restaurants, coffeeshops, and retail stores and ample parking in four parking decks close by.

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