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

featuring more than 30 artists & writers from memphis, the region, & the world:

siphne aaye
hanif abdurraqib
ekpe abioto
kenneth wayne alexander
CourtNey alexander
eloisa amezcua
Destiny o. birdsong
alice bolin
Chanelle Benz         
heather dobbins
alice faye duncan
osayi endolyn
arthur flowers

ravi howard
S. jae-jones
barb Johnson
jenny Johnson
laura faith Kebede
kiese Laymon
sarah nicole lemon
andrea morales
daniel josé older
christina olivArEs
Kaitlyn Sage Patterson

marco Pavé
ann powers
ashanté M. reese
maurice carlos ruffin

Talibah Safiya
Sam sax
rion amilcar scott
mychal denzel Smith
Doreen st félix
adia Victoria
crystal wilkinson
raven writes
--> more to be announced

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

Ticketed Event

6pm - 9pm

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

$85 General Admission
$250 VIP

June 16
Festival day

Free & OPen to the Public

9am - 5pm

Main Festival Program
Readings, conversations, and performances at
Premiere Palace Ballroom,
Marshall Arts Gallery,

and High Cotton Brewery.
#MLAF Street Fair 
Hosted by Literacy Mid-South
Marshall Avenue between S. Orleans Street & Monroe Extended

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). #MLAF18 is made possible by the following friends, supporters, and  media partners:



more to be announced


Read the press release for the inaugural Memphis Literary Arts Festival #MLAF.

For media inquiries, contact Alyson Sinclair at aly@alysonsinclairpr.com.



who we are

The first annual Memphis Literary Arts Festival (#MLAF) will take place in June 2018, founded and presented by the Center for Southern Literary Arts. The CSLA was 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; at the intersection of old south and new south, rural and urban; 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