Max is the Founder and Publisher of QBR/The Black Book Review, (www.qbrbookreview.com), the online literary review that features writers of the African Diaspora. QBR has been called “the African American literary review of record” by the New York Times. He is Founder and Director of the Harlem Book Fair, the nations’ largest African American book festival, televised nationally on C-SPANs Book-TV, as well as the Fort Worth, Texas, BookFest.
Mr. Rodriguez is the author of the acclaimed Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books (John Wiley & Sons, 1999) and is the editor of the QBR website (www.QBR.com). He has been inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame at Chicago State University for his pioneering work in the advocacy of African American literature and publishing.
Recognized and respected as an innovator and expert in audience and writer development and publishing, he has served as moderator and keynote speaker at American Booksellers Association events, Book Expo America, American Publishers Association conferences, and the New York Times author series. He has served on the Board of Directors of Poets & Writers magazine, and serves on the Board of Directors of City University of New York Television (CUNY-TV)and the Teachers & Writers Collaborative Advisory in New York City.