Open Book Series – July 2021

SUNDAY,  JULY 11, 2021  |  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

A Writing Coach, Author, Blogger, and Speaker, Tami Shaikh received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Atlanta.

Tami has 16 years of experience working with diverse and marginalized populations from all over the world. She is the author of three books and has written multiple articles for the Huffington Post, Medium and Thrive Global, and Chicken Soup for the Soul- The Empowered Woman.


Dr. Mary Hill-Wagner is an award winning journalist, professor and author of the upcoming memoir, Girlz ‘N the Hood: A Memoir of Mama in South Central Los Angeles, to be released by Pact Press in 2021.

Hill-Wagner considers herself “straight outta Compton” with just a few detours. She and her ten siblings were raised in South Central Los Angeles by a single mother. After graduating as valedictorian of Compton Senior High School, Hill-Wagner went on to earn bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees, respectively from the University of Southern California, Ohio State University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Guest Host:  Nancy Klann

Nancy Klann wrote short fiction while traveling for work as a creative outlet on long plane rides – which led to signing up for writing classes, writer’s conferences, and local workshops. Her goal was to create unique stories told in a distinctive voice. Her stories have garnered awards and publication in anthologies. Eleven of them are published in her collection of short stories titled, Like The Flies On The Patio.

Short stories were her primary genre until one morning when an instructor shared that “What you have written isn’t a short story, it’s a novel.” After a good deal of foot dragging she came to realize the subject matter was compelling and penned the novel, The Clock of Life.

She is now working on a new novel loosely based on an old diary found in an antique shop and a road trip to find the lady who wrote in the book. The girls will not be named Thelma and Louise, but the story will take the girls cross country and they will get into all sorts of trouble.

This is a free event, please RSVP: