dinner at the hibiscus salon
a benefit for #mlaf18

Friday, June 15 from 6pm to 9pm
Premiere Palace Ballroom
629 Monroe avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
$85 General Admission | $250 VIP Tickets

kiese laymon | adia victoria | andrea morales | d.arthur catering


We are pleased to invite you to an intimate, interdisciplinary dinner on the eve of the inaugural Memphis Literary Arts Festival (all day Saturday, June 16, 2018) in the Edge District. We celebrate and honor the intersections of multiple disciplines and Southern storytellers of all sorts at the Dinner at the Hibiscus Salon. Author Kiese Laymon, musician Adia Victoria, chef Desmond Robinson (D.Arthur Catering), and documentary photographer Andrea Morales will showcase their work. All proceeds go to benefit the Center for Southern Literary Arts' first annual festival.

$85 General admission

$250 VIP

$1000 TABLE PURCHASE (8 seats)

Ticket level benefits on the click-thru above.

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The hibiscus is known throughout the world for its show-stopping beauty. Wildly varied, several hundred species of the hibiscus exist in the world. It flourishes in warm climates from Africa, Asia, to the Americas. Beyond its loveliness, the hibiscus is used as a tea, in folk remedies, paper making, and has reported magical properties. Each day the hibiscus drops its old blossoms and becomes new. Gorgeous. Diverse. Magical. Ephemeral. What better symbol of the creative process?
— Jamey Hatley, CSLA Co-Founder

Meet the artists


Kiese Laymon

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Kiese Laymon, Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing and English at the University of Mississippi, is the author of the novel, Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. He is also the author of the forthcoming memoir Heavy.

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Andrea Morales

Peruvian-born, Miami-bred and Memphis-based. As an independent photographer in the Delta South, Andrea Morales focuses on editorial work through a journalistic and documentary lens. After years of existing in spaces heavy with the constructs of socioeconomic binaries, her work moves with the hope of observing the things in between. Her photos have appeared in the New York TimesTime Magazine, and elsewhere.

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Desmond Robinson

Chef Desmond Robinson (Chef D.Arthur) is Memphis native, food blogger, and owner of D.Arthur’s Catering. Hailing from a family of amazing culinary talent, Chef D.Arthur travels the world serving up #deliciousthings, southern style.


Adia Victoria

Adia Victoria is a songwriter, poet, and performer. Her first full length album, Baby Blues, was released by Atlantic Records. She is currently based in Nashville, TN. 


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