pilot year 2017 - 2018
Literary liberation

The Center for Southern Literary Arts launches with Literary Liberation, a year of programs to reclaim and reaffirm those Southern voices most silenced. Interdisciplinary dinners, conversations with visiting authors, education initiatives, and a southern literary arts festival will honor and acknowledge Memphis's civil rights' legacy and the South's social justice future.

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dinner at
the hibiscus salon

Friday, november 10, 2017 at 7pm | $65+
old dominick distillery
305 front street, memphis, Tennessee

Poet Derrick Harriell, chef Phillip Dewayne, and visual artist and DJ Siphne Aaye present an interdisciplinary dinner on the arts and justice in Memphis and beyond. 

the tiny temple readings & conversations

marcus wicker
& morgan parker

friday, december 1, 2017 at 7pm | free
theatre cafe @ playhouse on the square
37 cooper street, memphis, tennessee

Poets Marcus Wicker (Silencer, University of Memphis) and Morgan Parker (There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncepresent a reading and conversation. Free & open to the public, books for sale from Novel.

the lyceum mainstage series

Tayari jones presents
an american marriage

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7pm | $15
255 South Main street, Memphis, tennessee

Tayari Jones, acclaimed author of Silver Sparrow, joins us for a reading and conversation on her newest book An American Marriage, with a signing to follow. Co-presented with Novel, Memphis's newest independent bookstore.


the lyceum mainstage series

nikole hannah-jones
with wendi c. thomas

co-presented with #mlk50

tuesday, march 20, 2018 at 7pm | $15
halloran centre, orpheum theatre group
255 south main street, memphis, tennessee

New York Times' investigative reporter & founder of the Ida B. Wells Society Nikole Hannah-Jones joins us for a special evening with MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr..'s murder in downtown Memphis. Hannah-Jones will present on her groundbreaking work and be in conversation with Memphis's own Wendi C. Thomas, founder of MLK50Moderated by Tami Sawyer.

speak on it:
young memphis writers' workshop

winter 2018

A writing workshop for Memphis high school students.

the memphis literary arts festival
#MLAF 2018

co-presented by c.s.l.A. & literacy mid-south

june 16, 2018 | free & open to the public
Edge District, Downtown Memphis, TN

A one-day all Memphis everything literary festival, with readings by local authors, presentations from visiting writers, a street fair, and more.


Stay tuned we'll announce our plans for 2019-2020 soon!


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