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.


Darryl Harvey

Creator/Director

Interview With Darryl Harvey April, 2021