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doors 6pm | dinner 7pm | discussion 7:30pm - 8:30pm
ticket sales end at 3pm today & there are no tickets at the door

Poet Derrick Harriell, chef Phillip Dewayne, and DJ and visual artist Siphne Aaye join the Center for Southern Literary Arts for our inaugural Dinner at the Hibiscus Salon, an interdisciplinary evening. A curated meal & performance will be followed by a conversation with the artists on the state of the arts and justice in the region. With signature drinks from The Second Line.

Don't miss this special evening, the first event in C.S.L.A.'s flagship season. Your ticket price, which includes dinner and drinks, directly supports our mission to honor Southern stories. Books will be for sale from our friends at Novel.


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Derrick Harriell, poet

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Siphne Aaye, artist & DJ

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Phillip Dewayne, chef


about our artists

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Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Harriell is the director of the Master of Fine Arts-Creative Writing Program and assistant professor of English and African-American Studies at the University of Mississippi. He’s the author of three collections of poetry: Cotton (Aquarius Press-Willow Books, 2010), Ropes, (Aquarius Press-Willow Books, 2013, and winner of the 2014 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Award), and Stripper in Wonderland (Louisiana State University Press, 2017). His essays and book reviews have been published widely.

Siphne Aaye

Memphis-based visual artist, accomplished deejay, and musician Siphne Aaye is Senior Designer at Studio SAAYES. Renowned for her creative exploration of Southern American identity, womanhood, and racial justice, her work has been displayed in numerous galleries throughout the Mid-South region. Siphne has also created high profile murals across the city, including "Moving" at 100 N. Main (2017), "Welcome" at the Planned Parenthood East Location (2017), and the "I Love Memphis" mural on the Memphis Greenline (2012). A Louisiana native, Siphne studied Fine Arts at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and later earned her BFA at Memphis College of Art in 2010. She is a recipient of the 2015 ArtsMemphis Community Engagement Fellowship and was profiled in the Memphis Flyer's 2013 edition of "20 under 30” and Young, Gifted and Black's cover story in 2017. Siphne is also one-half of the Memphis-based music duo, Artistik Approach, and served as a project manager for the UrbanArt Commission from 2010 to 2017.

chef phillip dewayne

Chef Phillip Dewayne is a Private Chef specializing in French-inspired cuisine. Born and raised in Memphis, TN, and trained under Executive Chef Andreas Kisler of the acclaimed Peabody Hotel, he has travelled the world providing exquisite culinary experiences to individuals, private events, corporate gatherings and large-scale events throughout the United States and internationally. He has been a featured chef at Del Coronado; has prepared food for a host of notables, including Former First Lady Laura Bush, Lebron James, Stephen Curry, and Monta Ellis; and organizations including the National Civil Rights Museum and Valero.  


Special thanks