In 1996, Oprah Winfrey lit a fire in casual readers with her now infamous book club. It’s 33-year-old Glory Okon Edim’s turn to do the same for her digital community of book lovers. Edim’s “Well-Read Black Girl” is a curated newsletter and a Brooklyn-based book club dedicated to readers and writers of color, celebrating the uniqueness of black literature and sisterhood.
Founded in 2015, Edim’s brainchild now boasts more than 50,000 members on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Monthly meetings almost always sell out, drawing in groups of 30 to 35 people at a time. The WRBG meetups have covered influential reads such as Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, Brit Bennett’s The Mothers and Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing. The club has also hosted readings with Naomi Jackson (The Star Side of Bird Hill), Nicole Dennis-Benn (Here Comes The Sun), Margo Jefferson (Negroland), Angela Flournoy (The Turner House), Yaa Gyasi (Homegoing) and Nicole Blades (The Thunder Beneath Us).
When she’s not nose-deep in a book or managing WRBG, the Arlington, Virginia native who graduated from the Howard University School of Communications with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism, works as a Publishing Outreach Specialist at Kickstarter. The very same platform on which she successfully funded the inaugural 2017 Well-Read Black Girl Writers’ Conference and Festival. Prior to her Kickstarter position, Edim worked as a creative strategist at startups and cultural institutions such as the Webby Awards and the New York Foundation for the Arts. To top off all of her recent successes, Edim will be working on an anthology book, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves, throughout this year. The collection of writings will focus on the first times black women authors saw themselves represented in the literature they read. The literature buff is well on track to making 2018 a standout year.