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Once upon a time, a BLK GRL from Lansing dreamed of owning a quaint little shop where women who look like her would travel from near and far to buy books, hold space, pray, laugh, and spend all day complimenting each other.

In 2022, her dream became reality and she opened Socialight Society - an independent bookshop that specifically caters to Black women who often lack representation in traditional bookstores. Recently featured in The New York Times, The Root, and Oprah's Book Club; Socialight Society curates classic, contemporary and children's titles written for and by women of color.



Nyshell Lawrence is a celebrated poet + creative entrepreneur, living in Michigan with her husband and children. With a focus on merging faith + feminism, her life and work is a celebration of Black womanhood.

As a Lansing native, Nyshell is invested in serving the local community, and passionate about creating space for Black authors, artists, and creatives.​​

For speaking, performance and personal collaboration requests, please visit her website.

Currently Reading: Reading Black, Reading Feminist by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


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