the first annual #mlaf18

Saturday, June 16 | all day long
Free & open to the public

dinner at the hibiscus salon | Friday, June 15 | 6pm
$85 - $250



Appearances by more than twenty authors and artists including Kiese Laymon, Eloisa Amezcua, Hanif Abdurraqib, Sam Sax, Jenny Johnson, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Daniel José Older, Alice Bolin, Heather Dobbins, Alice Faye Duncan, Rion Amilcar Scott, Andrea Morales, Siphne Aaye, Arthur Flowers, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Christina Oliveras, Osayi Endolyn, Ashanté M. Reese, and more to be announced.

friday, June 15
dinner at The Hibiscus Salon
An #MLAF benefit
premiere palace ballroom

6pm - 9pm

D.Arthur, chef
Kiese Laymon, author
Adia Victoria, musician
Andrea Morales, photographer


$85 General Admission
$250 VIP


saturday, June 16
Festival day

9am - 5pm
Main Festival Program
Readings, conversations, and performances at
Premiere Palace Ballroom,
Marshall Arts Gallery,
and additional venues TBA.
#MLAF Street Fair 
Hosted by Literacy Mid-South
Monroe Avenue between
Madison Avenue & Orleans Street

7:30pm - 10pm
Official #MLAF After Party
Premiere Palace

with DJ Siphne Aaye
The finale to the CSLA's inaugural year.
First 100 drinks on us.

presented with

The #MLAF is presented in partnership with Literacy Mid-South, hosts of the original Mid-South Book Festival (2014-2016). Our programming partners include Chalkbeat Tennessee, the Southern Foodways Alliance, official #MLAF booksellers Novel Memphis, and more to be announced.

DMC Sponsorship logo.jpg

more to be announced

who we are

The first annual #MLAF18, founded by the Center for Southern Literary Arts, founded in 2017 by writers & native Memphians Jamey Hatley, Molly Rose Quinn, and Zandria F. Robinson, strives to be a world-class festival celebrating storytelling and the city’s unique arts, culture, and historical legacies. #MLAF is proud to make its home in the historic Edge District, an intersection of industry and culture since the city’s earliest days. By featuring renowned, award-winning authors from across the globe alongside exceptional local writers, artists, and civic leaders, we celebrate those lives most marginalized by region, race, class, gender, sexuality, ability or citizenship.



where is memphis?

We get this question a lot. Memphis is 90 minutes from Oxford, MS; three hours from Nashville, TN; mid-way across the east and west, south and midwest; on the bluffs of the Mississippi River at the corner where Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas meet.

Or, as we like to say, at the center of everything.

memphis is lit as fuck #mlaf18