Son of Ellis, the artist responsible for the lovely drawings on this site, is headed to Tampa, Florida, this weekend to showcase his talent (and that he’s got o’ plenty). With him will be his brand spankin’ new coffee table book.

Check for him at the 2008 Black Writers Reunion & Conference (BWRC) happening this weekend at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel.

SON OF ELLIS, formerly known as Boulovani, is a popular Memphis, Tennessee based contemporary digital artist who has garnered much recognition for his passion for art. Self taught, his work deals in realism and is full of feeling, inspiration, and depth. SON OF ELLIS’ art is reflective of today’s pop culture. He is most known for his vibrant portraits and use of color. His preferred mediums are a combination of pencil and ink, which he then digitizes to color.

BWRC began as the annual gathering for members of the African American Online Writers Guild, an Internet-based association of aspiring and published creative writers, to facilitate our coming together to network in person and share knowledge and information on the craft and business of writing for publication.

The AAOWG was a 501c3 nonprofit membership-based literary arts association founded Juneteenth 1998 by Tia Ross with 39 members of another group she’d formed in Houston, the Houston African-American Writers Society. After the first conference, the name of the organization was changed to Black Writers Alliance and the group grew to more than 7,000 members in the first three years under Tia’s direction.

Its mission was to educate, empower, and enlighten Black writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama, and to promote networking within the Black writing community. It succeeded in this through national, regional, local offline and online discussion, critique, and writing groups, publication of a monthly newsletter rich with opportunities, news, and events relating to the craft of writing and business of publishing. Members shared news of book announcements, tour dates, and milestones identified and surpassed as aspiring writers learned to take their talents more seriously and view their dreams as attainable. Countless literary entrepreneurs found their wings under the nurturing and guidance of pioneers like Mack Smith, Sara Freeman Smith, Tonya Marie Evans, Esq., and Tracy Price Thompson while hundreds of authors found support, expanded their networks and fan bases, and mentored newbies in a predominantly online community so surreal that it truly felt like family.

So if you’re in the Tampa area head on over and check for Bobby aka Son of Ellis.

Bobby’s new website will be up soon at www.sonofellis.com but in the meantime and in between time, check for him on Myspace at www.myspace.com/sonofellis.

For more information on the conference, head on over to www.blackwriters.org.