About J. Everett Prewitt
J. Everett Prewitt graduated from Glenville High School, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, and earned a Master of Science degree in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University. He is a former Army officer and Vietnam veteran.

An entrepreneur, Prewitt has been president of Northland Research Corporation since 1982. The firm provides real estate appraisals and consulting services. He has received numerous honors and recognitions for his professional contributions and community service including: the Realtor of the Year award from the Cleveland Area Board of Realtors; the Distinguished Alumni award from Cleveland State University; the Distinguished Alumni Citation from Lincoln University; and the Award for Civic Service from the Citizen's League of Greater Cleveland.

Prewitt has served as president of both the Cleveland Association of Real Estate Brokers and the Cleveland Area Board of Realtors. He is chairman of the board for the East End Neighborhood House and vice-chairman of the board for the Greater Shaker Square Development Corporation. He is also a Trustee Emeritus at Myers University.

Prewitt wrote Snake Walkers because he didn't see enough books about strong black families like his own. He also didn't read many books about families that fought back against racism in the South and won.

His literary inspiration comes from writers like Cheikh Anta Diop, Malidoma Some and Maryse Conde. He also likes the futuristic novels of Octavia Butler and Tananarive Due. He grew up reading authors as varied as Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Robert Ludlum, Jack London and Ian Fleming. He cites Earnest Gaines and John Oliver Killens as "two of my favorite writers."

Prewitt is also the author of a nonfiction work, Urban Residential Real Estate Market Analysis. He is the father of Eric and Lia, and when not writing, enjoys tennis, backgammon, billiards, working out and reading.

Montrie Rucker Adams, APR


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