The African American Literary Festival is produced by phati’tude Literary Magazine (published by the Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc. (IAAS)) and is co-sponsored and held at the Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center in Corona, New York (Northern Queens) during Black History Month.
The Festival, which brings established and emerging writers, editors, publishers and literary performers together with the reading public, is fast becoming Queens preeminent literary festival and an essential part of New York City’s literary calendar. Its mission is to promote literacy and increase the awareness of African American literature.
This one-day Festival features workshops, a panel discussion, readings, performances, presentations, book signings and film preview that celebrates books and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas and imagination Attendees receive “goody bags” of books as well as snacks throughout the day, which are generously donated by our sponsors.
The Festival’s mandate is to celebrate the literary “word,” whether it is printed, audio and visual media, presented for everyone in the community in an informal atmosphere designed to encourage discussion and conservation among all of those in attendance. Although we do not see ourselves as an academic festival, the African American Literary Festival seeks to advance authors of literary quality.
Our objectives are as follows:
- Plan and develop an annual literary festival that features African American authors, yet offers a wide range of literary experiences for all ages of the community.
- Develop a program that promotes reading and literacy.
- To appeal to all ages and demographics by celebrating the gift of literary talents in Northern Queens and beyond.
- To present established as well as emerging poets and writers on the local, national and international level
- To advance literacy by introducing young readers to the wonder of books, poetry, filmmaking, storytelling and performance.
- Promote the networking of local literature organizations and enhance their capacity to serve their audiences.
- Foster and develop public and private support for book festival activities, as well as other literary programs and literacy efforts in the community.
- As a premiere event in Northern Queens, the success of the Festival relies on writers, readers and volunteers who believe literacy is important and must be continually promoted for the public good and the enjoyment of learning.
The Festival is free and open to the public and is promoted as an open-age event aimed to encourage engagement from all segments of the literary community. The goals is to promote reading and encourage writing in a way that connects the public to both emerging and established local and internationally-known writers.
The planning stages for the Festival begins September 1st preceding the event. For more information about participating in the event or becoming a sponsor or volunteer, contact us at info [at] africanamericanliteraryfestival [dot] org.