Kya Publishing Announces TORONTO URBAN BOOK EXPO Board of Directors

TORONTO, ONT (August 2018) - Kya Publishing has just announced the Board of Directors for their Toronto Urban Book Expo (TUBE). Since 2014, TUBE has hosted over 100 writers from across Toronto, Ontario, and visiting from the United States of America, in a book fair dedicated to urban literature and cultural texts.

"Over the years we have connected with so many talented and community-minded writers," said Kya Publishing founder, Stacey Marie Robinson. "With our new Board of Directors we will continue to brainstorm ways in which our Book Expo can best serve the writing community, provide exposure for independent and published authors, and also promote youth literacy and a love for reading."

The Board of Directors and their areas of responsibility are as follows:


Jeffrey Lee Cheatham II (Seattle, Washington) - Literary Festivals & West Coast Liaison



Jameel Davis (Cleveland, Ohio) - International Communication & East Coast Liaison

Jameel Davis serves as an advocate, administrator, and resource to enable the committee to fulfil its charge and accomplish its goals in accordance with the Toronto Urban Book Expo's mission, vision, and strategic plan. His duty is to serve as a bridge between American and Canadian citizens, while assisting the committee by providing strategic advice, and facilitating communications, actions, and cooperation.




Kamilah Haywood (Toronto) - Youth & Community Outreach

Kamilah Haywood has been a Toronto-based Canadian Urban Fiction since 2014. Her stories touch on topics of social awareness, giving a voice to the urban community. Kamilah is a co-owner of W.A.R. Productions where she is an Executive Producer. A music entertainment manager in the Canadian music industry, she manages local Canadian music artists. Kamilah has 12 years experience working with at-risk youth as a Child and Youth Worker prior to getting involved in the Arts.


Ancil London (Toronto) - Visual Communication



Marsha Mohammed (Toronto) - Logistics & Planning



Angelot Ndongmo (Toronto) - Children's Programming & Awards Presentation



Camille Ramnath (Toronto) - Education & Diversity



Stacey Marie Robinson (Toronto) - Publishing

With an academic background in writing, editing, music (piano), media/communications, and publishing, Stacey directs the activities and operation of Kya Publishing, including the creation, promotion and production of her novels, and the Journal of Canadian Urban Fiction and the Kya Keys Book Donation Program (in support of urban literacy). A culmination of her passions, Kya Publishing is committed to the promotion and celebration of urban Canadian books, arts/entertainment, and culture.


"Our Book Expo is more than just a book fair," said Robinson. "It was created to celebrate books, encourage new writers, and also shine a light on African-Canadian, Caribbean-Canadian, and African-American literary art in a culturally-specific space. Documentation is important, and our Board members come from diverse areas of professional expertise that will help to ensure that the Toronto Urban Book Expo improves, inspires, and empowers Toronto's urban communities."

For news and updates on the Toronto Urban Book Expo, connect with the event-specific Instagram page, or join Kya Publishing's mailing list.

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