Hill Harper is a modern day renaissance man. The CSI: NY star has been respected as an actor for years, but his recent string of hit books has catapulted him to a new realm of influence. Bestselling books such as Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny and The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place have recast Harper as a helpful sage for our generation. Soon the multi-faceted artist will be sharing his creative wisdom with writers seeking greater expression at the first annual Anguilla Literary Festival, which will take place from May 24-28 on this beautiful resort island. Harper spoke to theGrio about his participation in the event, his coming book on mass incarceration, Trayvon Martin — and the importance of the written word as a vehicle for universal experience.