Big Tent: Randi Hacker and Annette Billings
Randi Hacker has been writing since the 20th Century. She attributes the development of her sparse prose style to the years she spent as editor of The Electric Company Magazine published by Children’s Television Workshop. Since selling her YA novel, Life as I Knew It, to Simon & Schuster in 2006, she has written at least seven other novels all of which have been universally praised for the beauty of the writing and universally rejected because they refuse to fit neatly into any single genre category and thus are deemed unmarketable in today's publishing marketplace.
Annette Hope Billings is an author/actress from Topeka, Kansas where she is flourishing despite attempts by the "Midwest Bible Belt" to constrain her sassy inner muses. Her book of poetry, A Net Full of Hope, came out in 2015. A registered nurse for thirty-eight years, she has concurrently been ablaze with a zeal for writing and theatre.
Simone Savannah is currently a PhD Student in English-Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. Simone received her BA in English-Creative Writing and MEd in Cultural Studies from Ohio University. Her research interests include African American Literature & Poetry, Black Feminism/Womanism, and Black Female Sexuality. She is currently working on a chapbook of poems based on the psychology of love and sexuality.
During her time at Ohio University, she worked on a number of projects and events, including Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Men Can Stop Rape Training Luncheon. These events are geared towards the eradication of sexual and domestic/relationship violence on college campuses. She is currently a member of the Delta Eta Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Simone serve as Historian for the chapter. In her spare time, she enjoys jogging, writing, reading, attending Bikram Yoga classes, making green smoothies, and FaceTiming with her baby nephew, Breaker.