Fellows

CABS-Minnesota selected five Diverse Voices Fellows for the inaugural cohort of 2022. Learn more about the Fellows below and about the fellowship program here.

 

Jaime  Harker

Jaime Harker

Jaime Harker is the founder of Violet Valley Bookstore, a queer, feminist, transinclusive nonprofit bookstore in Water Valley, Mississippi. She is a professor of English and director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi. Her research focuses on feminist and queer print culture of the 20th century; while researching the Women in Print movement for her book The Lesbian South, she was inspired to start her own bookstore in 2017. Violet Valley Bookstore is the only queer feminist bookstore in the state of Mississippi. Jaime looks forward to growing the bookstore to support a full-time staff member and continue to support queer youth in Mississippi.

Nahid Khan

Nahid Khan was born and raised in London and Toronto to South Asian Urdu-speaking Muslim parents, and grew up with books, newspapers and magazines, libraries, museums and multi-cultural experiences. Since her undergrad days, she has been collecting American Muslim publications and print ephemera in addition to books on American Muslim history (all ethnic groups) and literature, as well as Muslim world cultural heritage. She has also gathered a lot of material on U.S. news reporting on American Muslims, Islamic faith, and Muslim world generally, as well as the larger topic of U.S. news and entertainment media, artistic, literary and other cultural representations of religious, ethnic and racial minority groups, in connection with her graduate studies. She is now exploring ways to make this archive available to the broader community.
Warren  Lee

Warren Lee

Warren Lee was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut to a family dedicated to higher education. He earned degrees at Howard University (BBA - Finance, and Hastings College of the Law, JD). He is a member of the NY Bar and a Certified Financial Planner®. Warren's bookselling interest started when dating his now wife who presented an MBA thesis on independent bookselling. He is currently co-founder and owner of 44th & 3rd Bookseller in the West End section of Atlanta, GA. As a bookstore in a college setting (Atlanta University Center), they desire to be a resource for the entire community. They intend to offer a rare and collectible book service for Black titles and tools to research books and assist with valuation of collections. Warren is excited to be a Fellow.
Katie  Mitchell

Katie Mitchell

Katie Mitchell is the co-owner of Good Books, an online and pop-up Black bookstore in Atlanta, with her mother, Katherine. Katherine raised Katie on Black books—reading Black authors, reciting Black poems, and genuinely thinking Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou were her aunties. Good Books grew from that rearing. Now, Katie pays homage to Blackness through literature, from Tupac to Toni Morrison. New or vintage. Acclaimed or obscure. All Black books are Good Books.

Michelle Walton

Michelle Walton is co-owner of The Collective - Oakland. She was born and raised in Oakland, Ca., where her love for literature and art began. Solo travel is her therapy, she cannot imagine life without coffee and books, and she says that the most significant thing that she has done in life thus far is raising her two children.