The Annual phati’tude African American Literary Festival brings established and emerging writers, editors, publishers and literary performers together with the reading public. Fast becoming Queens’ preeminent literary festival and an essential part of New York City’s literary calendar, the Festival attracts readers, book lovers and literary aficionados from the Northern Queens area, New York City region, the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) and beyond.
The 2nd Annual phati’tude African American Literary Festival is on Saturday, February 23, 2013 during Black History Month. Cosponsored and held at Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center located in Northern Queens, this year’s theme, “Celebrating Afro-Caribbean Poets and Writers” will highlight writers whose culture and literary works specifically connect to this Diaspora. The Festival is free and open to the public.
The main objective of the Festival is to enrich the lives of all who attend by provoking discussion and offering insight into literary works and their contributions to our culture. The goals of the Festival is:
- To promote a heightened awareness of literature and books and encourage a love of reading and writing.
- To incorporate other artistic disciplines (music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film) into programming to create excitement and bring the written word to life.
- To offer arts education and literary opportunities to attendees of Northern Queens and beyond.
- To develop special programs and initiatives to appeal to the diverse Queens community including traditionally underserved populations.
- To ensure sustainability of the community event through prudent fiscal management and creative uses of resources.
- To broaden all levels of community support and involvement, thereby expanding outreach and leveraging additional resources.
Some may consider this a writers’ conference – it’s not. It’s primarily an engagement between “authors and attendees,” not “authors and authors.” We actually designed this as a “reading festival,” a gathering that focuses primarily on books and literature. Some festivals take many different forms, typically a large outdoor event with activities that run for several days at multiple venues featuring big name authors. The Annual phati’tude African American Literary Festival is a one-day, jam-packed, indoor gathering at a Library, which features more than 25 authors, workshops, a panel discussion, readings, performances, presentations, book signings and film previews.
The Festival, which celebrates the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight and inspires, focuses on books and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas and imagination. We attempt to highlight several writers and one special guest, but we also devote significant amounts of time and resources to promoting lesser-known authors and just the simple joy of reading.
This is perhaps the main reason why people enjoy attending the Annual phati’tude African American Literary Festival. Many of the attendees, who are unpublished writers, come to the Festival to receive invaluable information from workshops, panel discussions, and lectures. Exhibitors and vendors promote and sell books, magazines, journals and book-related products that are not necessarily available in the mainstream market. Attendees also get to find out about cultural organization, literacy-oriented programs and educational issues as well. As an added plus, snacks and goody bags filled with books and literary materials are free to attendees.
The 2013 Festival anticipates more than 1500 attendees. Easy to get to by public transportation and by car, the Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center is ideally situated on Northern Boulevard in Northern Queens (five minutes away from CitiField) near a terrific transportation system with bus lines steps away and subway stations nearby. Come join us at our 2nd Annual phati’tude African American Literary Festival – you will not be disappointed!