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Full Name: Eartha Watts Hicks
Biography:
Eartha Watts-Hicks is the founder of Earthatone Publishing and Earthatone Books. Former director of publications for Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association (COSIA), she is a NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) artist, a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and the legendary Harlem Writers Guild. A fiction fellow of the Hurston/Wright Foundation, Center for Black Literature and North Country Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color, Eartha’s writings have appeared in several online publications, including Harlem World Magazine, TheUrbanBookSource.com, and Future Executives.org. Her writing advice has been featured in The Writer’s Guide to 2013. In June of 2013, she received the Just R.E.A.D. “Game Changer” Award in the fiction category from the NYCHA branch of the NAACP and was named New York City literacy ambassador. In 2014, she was featured in the Congressional Black Caucus as part of the Write It Down panel discussion. A PR writer and affiliate of BlackPR.com, she specializes in press releases for entrepreneurs, ministries, and nonprofits. She also leads writing, self-publishing, and publicity workshops for the New York Public Library, The National Writers Union, and The New York City Parks Department. Eartha is now editor-in-chief at Harlem World Magazine.
Circuit Writer Information:
Category: N.Y.S.
Travel Range: East coast
Transportation: Via bus, Amtrak, or plane
Dates Available: October through April
Fees: Negotiable but absolute minimum fee is $250 plus travel, lodging, and meals
Contact Information: NY
Email: earthatone@gmail.com
Website (click here)
Author's Timeline:
2013 (Unknown) County
Writer's Guide to 2013
(Pub: Writer's Institute Publications ISBN: 978-18897-1568-1)
Nonfiction. 
2013 (Unknown) County
Love Changes
(Pub: Earthatone Books ISBN: 978-09914893212)
Ten years in the making, the debut novel by Eartha Watts Hicks infuses original poetry, song lyrics from 80's and 90s popular music, and prose in the narrative of Mia Love, a twenty-six year old single mother. Mia Love quits college to support her live-in boyfriend, Spider. When she becomes pregnant, her mother, his mother, and Romell, her handsome and flirtatious best friend, all think she has made a bad decision. Now, Mia cares for both her newborn son and Spider. Tethered to a low wage job to pay the bills, she's urging him make a commitment. Spider, himself underemployed, remains resistant. This causes tension between the two, with arguments getting more and more personal. Meanwhile, "good friend" Romell is offering a shoulder (and a lot more) to lean on. What ensues is a love triangle with a unique twist, two men vying for a lady with a baby. This heartwarming story of a young woman's struggle to remain true to herself was edited by Grace F. Edwards. Love Changes received the 2013 "Literary Game Changers" award in the fiction category from the NYCHA branch of the NAACP and was selected as The New York Amsterdam News's recommended summer read for 2013. Eartha Watts Hicks was a featured panelist at the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus.  
2016 (Unknown) County
Graffiti Mural Year
(Pub: Earthatone Books ISBN: 978-09914893237)
Creative Writing needs to breathe somewhere. Why not where they can be shared? Graffiti Mural is a collection of poetry, lyrics, lyrical rants and tales (both true and imagined) from Eartha Watts Hicks, Hurston-Wright fiction fellow, member of the Harlem Writers Guild and winner of the Just R.E.A.D. literary fiction "Game Changer" Award from the NYCHA Branch of the NAACP.  
2017 (Unknown) County
A Planner Is A Girl's Best Friend
(Pub: Earthatone Books ISBN: 978-09914893212)
"A woman with a plan is the heroine of her own story." --Award-winning author, Eartha Watts Hicks We have goals, dreams, commitments, and responsibilities. Our time is a resource, but keeping up with everything is difficult. A Planner is A Girl's Best Friend is an awesome tool to help us manage time better. Try this everyday planner, created for today's busy woman. 

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