Please join us as we kick off the 2021 By the River Series online. We celebrate Black History Month with two exceptional readers: Bob Campbell and Khary Mason. Please find their bios below.
Bob Campbell is a writer, essayist and former newspaper reporter, based in Flint, Michigan. His debut novel, Motown Man, is published by Urban Farmhouse Press. Bob’s creative nonfiction and essays have appeared in Belt Magazine, Forge Literary Magazine and Gravel Magazine. He is a contributor to Belt Publishing’s Midwest Architecture Journeys, published in October 2019.
Khary Mason is a native Detroiter who has spent half of his life with the Detroit Police Department. He is currently working as a homicide detective. Initially photography and writing were nothing more than elements of his job that were used to aid memory. In the past decade, recognizing the power that comes along with words and images he took a more proactive approach by expanding his knowledge in both fields. In 2015 Khary attended the College for Creative Studies to further his interest in photography and started to write and perform spoken word. From 2015 -2019 Khary was the Co-lead of a photography project sponsored by the NJHIA at Princeton University. Khary’s multidisciplinary Arts, and law enforcement background coupled with his early childhood experience allow him to advocate for children of marginalized populations through mentoring, art, and speaking engagements.
Khary, also has a passion for the Culinary Arts.