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LaShonda Katrice Barnett

LaShonda Katrice Barnett

Keynote Speaker: Novelist, Writer, Scholar

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LaShonda Katrice Barnett Biography

LaShonda Katrice Barnett was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1974, and grew up in Park Forest, Illinois. She is the author of the debut novel Jam on the Vine (Grove 2015; paperback 2/2016) and a story collection (1999). Designated a Stonewall Honor Award by the American Library Association (2016), Jam won ElIe Magazine's Belle Lettres 2015 Reader's Prize and earned Barnett the Emerging Writers Award at the 2015 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. The novel was shortlisted for the Crook's Corner Book Prize and is a 2016 Lambda Literary Award finalist.

The Chicago Tribune's Editor's Choice review said of Jam on the Vine: “The spirit of Ida B. Wells, journalist and civil rights activist, inhabits [Jam on the Vine], and the conflicts of that era, like the 1919 race riots, seem eerily resonant today, especially in a post- Ferguson, Mo., world.” O, the Oprah Magazine's review included: “...In an authentic and richly layered novel, history comes to life...Barnett creates an ode to activism, writing with a scholar's eye and a poet's soul.” Of the novel's heroine, the Wall Street Journal wrote: “Ivoe is a splendid character, mouthy, determined, crusading and irrepressibly cheerful.” The historical novel society compared the novel’s language to “Toni Morrison’s exquisite choice of diction,” and concluded: This phenomenal historical novel is a classic work about the journalistic battle against racism and the celebration of life and love.”

Barnett has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the College Language Association. She has held residences at the Noepe Center for Literary Arts-Martha’s Vineyard, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, where she was a Tennessee Williams Fellow, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

​Barnett's short fiction has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Guernica Magazine, New Orleans Review, SN Review, Juked, C4: Chamber Quarterly Literary Review, Gemini Magazine and elsewhere. She was twice-nominated for the 2015 Pushcart prize. The Appropriate Ones, her trilogy of full-length plays (Homewood; Menemsha; and L'Echange), explores race within one interracial American family.

​A lover and scholar of music of the African diaspora and an avid interviewer, Barnett has conducted over one hundred interviews with women musicians and edited the volumes, I GOT THUNDER: Black Women Songwriters On Their Craft (2007) and OFF THE RECORD: Conversations With African American & Brazilian Women Musicians, (2015). She has hosted her own jazz radio program on WBAI (99.5 FM, NYC); taught 'Women in Jazz' at New York City's Jazz at Lincoln Center; and lectured on the music nationally and in Austria, Brazil, France, Germany and South Africa. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Sarah Lawrence College and the College of William and Mary, where she received a B.A.; M.A. in Women's History and the Ph.D. in American Studies, respectively; she has taught history and literature at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, Hunter College and Brown University. She is visiting professor at Northwestern University, where she'll teach full time in the African American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies departments.

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LaShonda Katrice Barnett Speaking Topics

Process & Writing Historical Fiction ("The Truthful Lie: Writing Historical Fiction"); African American History; Women's History; Jazz History; Black Music History; LGBTQ History; LGBTQ Culture & Religion ("Queering Religion"); Creative Process & Craft

LaShonda Katrice Barnett Videos

Book Review - Jam on the Vine - YouTube

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LaShonda Katrice Barnett is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Diversity, Black Heritage and Women's Rights. The estimated speaking fee range to book LaShonda Katrice Barnett for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. LaShonda Katrice Barnett generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Elle Moxley, Yoruba Richen and Ashlee Marie Preston. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling LaShonda Katrice Barnett for an upcoming event.

LaShonda Katrice Barnett Speaking Topics

  • Process & Writing Historical Fiction ("The Truthful Lie: Writing Historical Fiction"); African American History; Women's History; Jazz History; Black Music History; LGBTQ History; LGBTQ Culture & Religion ("Queering Religion"); Creative Process & Craft

LaShonda Katrice Barnett Videos

Book Review - Jam on the Vine - YouTube

How to book LaShonda Katrice Barnett?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like LaShonda Katrice Barnett for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for LaShonda Katrice Barnett, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for LaShonda Katrice Barnett or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book LaShonda Katrice Barnett?

Booking fees for LaShonda Katrice Barnett, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire LaShonda Katrice Barnett, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for LaShonda Katrice Barnett?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like LaShonda Katrice Barnett for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book LaShonda Katrice Barnett for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent LaShonda Katrice Barnett or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for LaShonda Katrice Barnett or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


LaShonda Katrice Barnett is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Diversity, Black Heritage and Women's Rights. The estimated speaking fee range to book LaShonda Katrice Barnett for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. LaShonda Katrice Barnett generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Elle Moxley, Yoruba Richen and Ashlee Marie Preston. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling LaShonda Katrice Barnett for an upcoming event.

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