Rashid Darden

The novelist with bite

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Biography

Rashid is a novelist. He was born in the late 1970s in Washington, DC, where he has spent his entire life, save for brief stints in Moscow, Russia and Leicester, United Kingdom. Rashid’s first three novels are a trilogy consisting of Lazarus (2005),

Rashid is a novelist. He was born in the late 1970s in Washington, DC, where he has spent his entire life, save for brief stints in Moscow, Russia and Leicester, United Kingdom.

Rashid’s first three novels are a trilogy consisting of Lazarus (2005), Covenant (2011), and Epiphany (2012). Each novel was published by Old Gold Soul Press to critical acclaim. The novels told the collected stories of Adrian Collins, a gay college sophomore who pledges a predominately black fraternity; how he deals with the cycle of hazing; and how he navigates both family and romantic relationships. The books resonated deeply with many in the African American, LGBT, and fraternal communities, earning Rashid fans that span the generations. A companion volume of poetry entitled The Life and Death of Savion Cortez was released in 2011.

In 2006, Rashid was one of just two awardees in Literature at the Clik Magazine Honors. (The other awardee was E. Lynn Harris.) In 2007, an interview with Rashid was published in Carry the Word: A Bibliography of Black LGBT Q Books.

Rashid’s next novel is Birth of a Dark Nation (2013), the first in the Dark Nation series, the stories of African vampires brought to America during the transatlantic slave trade.
Rashid is a member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and serves as the Executive Director of Gamma Xi Phi Professional Arts Fraternity. His passion for service has been recognized through numerous awards, including Greek Man of the Year 2013 from the Greek Tweak, an Alumni Vision of Excellence Award from the Georgetown Black Student Alliance and a Guardian Angel Award from Words, Beats, & Life.

Rashid’s writing, professional stints in the education and nonprofit sectors, and volunteer service have made him a sought-after guest speaker and workshop facilitator.
When he is not writing, Rashid enjoys photography, Tarot reading, and volunteering. Though he enjoys the quietude of home best of all, he can also be found enjoying probate shows, Thai food, live music, and any bookstore.

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Testimonials
I have had the pleasure of listening to Mr. Darden speak to our high schools students about important issues they face today or possibly in the future. He is an exceptional speaker with a natural ability to engage his audience and maintain their focus. He develops a connection with his audience and shares experiences that they were able to relate to based on the topic of discussion. His speaking engagement was enlightening, resourceful, and informative. I would definitely refer him to my colleagues or friends.- Nekada Lewis
SPEECH TOPICS
  • Nonprofit Sector

    From Philanthropy Chair to Nonprofit Executive

    Know When to Fold 'em: When it's time to close your nonprofit

    This Isn't About You: Good Reasons and Bad Reasons to Start a Nonprofit

    Through the Looking-Glass: Creating a senior staf that looks like those you serve

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    Fraternity/Sorority Life

    Seven ways to accept your brother: A guideline for healing and reconciliation between gay and straight fraternity members
    Black, Gay, and Greek: the history and issues of gays in BGLOs
    Developing sisterhood/brotherhood in a modern world
    Growing Pains: A survival guide for small Greek Letter Organizations
    Hazing 101: What every parent should know
    From Bully to Hazer
    So you want to start a new fraternity
    From Philanthropy Chair to Nonprofit Executive
    The Life Cycle of the Volunteer: Avoiding Greek Burnout

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    Literature and Publishing

    Vampires and Historical Memory
    D'racula Unchained: Urban Paranormal Fiction as Revenge Fantasy
    From Pay Phones to Cell Phones: When technology outpaces your novel
    Parallel Lives, Invisible Lives: Homosexuality in Black Literature Since 1895
    Doing it Yourself: The Self-Publishing Workshop

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    K-12 Workshops

    One, Two, or Three Day Writing Workshops (aligned with Common Core Standards)
    Starting your own creative writing club or workshop
    Any literature workshop listed above, customized for the age group

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