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Literary Activism Summit

Saturday, February 25, 2023


12:00 pm-4:00 pm Eastern

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, New York

The Literary Action Coalition will come together to showcase the Literary Activism Summit on February 25, 2023, 12-4 PM at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. 

For generations, writers and readers have made New York City one of the literary capitals in the country. Literary artists and activists have honed their craft and shared their voices in NYC’s cafes, parks, bookshops, sidewalks, libraries, bars, and galleries. The Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, the Nuyorican Movement, and the landscape of the West Village, Loisaida, Harlem and El Barrio pay homage to the pivotal role that the literary arts have played throughout New York City’s history to make our city more equitable and inclusive to all. 

In partnership with PEN America, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Literary Activism Summit will highlight the past, present, and future of Literary Activism in New York City. The event will be made up of two panel conversations, followed by a keynote speaker featuring writer and activist Iris Morales.

The event is free and open to the public. Poets from Ars Poetica’s network will be on-site to write free personalized poems for attendees.  Live captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided. Free lunch will be provided as well.