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Annual Celebration of Books, Literature and Literary Artists with the purpose of enhancing Literacy while promoting awareness of local, regional and global artists of the African Diaspora. Created in the Spiritual Legacy of the Harlem Renaissance

All events will be broadcast on FB Live – Facebook.com/elmcitylitfest (unless noted below). Pre-register at elmcitylitfest.weebly.com/event-registration!

Saturday, Sept. 26th

7-8:15am PST: Black Children’s LIT! Local authors will do a reading from their children’s books. Bring the young ones! Featuring Abdul-Razak Zachariah @dulla_rzk, Mahogany Lowery @greatness_over_ the_rainbow, and Sharika Forde @sharikakforde.

8:30am-10am PST: LIT AF! Cultured AF will perform music and poetry live from New London! @culturedaf.life

10:30-12:00pm PST: Black Lives Matter: Full range of Black lives in comics – a panel of Black comic book/graphic novel creators, cartoonists, and illustrators. Hosted by Prof. William Foster, and features artists Alex Simmons-simmonsherandnow.com, Jerry Craft @jerrycraft, Micheline Hess @mishmacharts, and more TBA!

12:30‐2:00pm PST: CT‘s LIT! Black spoken word performances by Nzima Hutchings+T’Challa Williams (both from @hartfordslit), Frederick-Douglass Knowles @freedomknowles, Sun Queen @poetycsun, Dyme Ellis @06emini, Amira Brown @amirahb_art, Tahj Galberth, and more!

Sunday, Sept. 27th

9-10:30am PST *on Zoom (must pre-register for link)*: Writing Salon with “The Sonnet Man” Devon Glover (sonnetman.com)! Devon Glover is a teacher, rapper, poet, playwright and actor from Brooklyn, New York. He performs Shakespeare’s Sonnets through Hip-Hop as The Sonnet Man in schools and theaters worldwide.

9-10:30am PST: Black LIT! Ron Kavanaugh @literaryfreedomproject, Brenda Greene @centerforblacklit, and Troy Wiggins (https://www.troylwiggins.com/) discuss the importance of Black literature, book clubs, and book spaces!

1:00-2:30pm PST: Black Voices in Theatre with CT based artists Tarell Alvin McCraney (@octarell_again), Malachi Beasley and ak payne (Yale School of Drama MFA candidates), Sharece Sellem (@vintagesoulproductions), and Dexter Singleton (@cctheatreorg).

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