Interview With Darryl Harvey April, 2021
The Harvey Writers Group was created by Darryl Harvey. Mr. Harvey was born and raised in Chicago. While in high school, he discovered poetry and developed a love for writing. He attended Northern Illinois University (NIU) where he obtained a degree in journalism. While at NIU, Mr. Harvey wrote for Lifeline, an African-American quarterly newspaper as well as the university newspaper, the Northern Star.
In 2003, Mr. Harvey self-published his first book of poetry, Loving A Black Woman, and received positive reviews in Sister 2 Sister Magazine. In 2010, realizing that new authors needed a support system, Mr. Harvey founded the Chicago Black Authors Network to aid writers with learning the publishing business. Also, during this time, Mr. Harvey self-published his first children’s book, I Can Do Anything, a motivational piece for children who are just starting to read.
In 2015, Mr. Harvey created the Books N Brunch Gala, an annual formal celebration of African-American writers. In 2019, Mr. Harvey created the Black Child Book Fair to showcase positive new millennium African-American stories written by African-American authors. It debuted in Chicago and is currently growing across the United States.