Black Literary Organizations

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Our struggle has inspired oppressed people the world over, because if former slaves can make the most powerful nation face itself, there’s a chance for everyone else. In a twist, our rage becomes hope for others.
— Mychal Denzel Smith, Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education

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We’re Here

We love words and books and writers and readers. We also love our Blackness and Brownness. We’re starting and running organizations that put our literary needs first.


Bloggers

Book Clubs

Book Stores

Community Centers

Online Resources

Nonprofits

Podcasts

Products

Publishers

Subscription Boxes


Bloggers

  • Here Wee Read: Mom of two, Charnaie shares her reading and travel journeys on this blog filled with children’s literature recommendations.


Book Clubs

  • Book Pearls (Chester, VA): Organized by Renee Wardrett-Bailey, they meet on the 4th Friday of every month at 7pm. Contact is by email.

  • Mocha Girls Read (Online and various in-person cities): A monthly book club that also host other bookish events.

  • Well-Read Black Girl (Brooklyn, NY): A monthly in-person and online book club that also host bookish events in the New York area, including the Well-Read Black Girl Festival.


Bookstores


Community Centers

  • Kitchen Table Literary Arts (Tampa, FL): Book clubs, writing workshops, creative writing classes, and more.

  • The World Stage (Los Angeles, CA): Programing includes writing workshops, as well as music and dance classes.


Online Resources

  • Literary Narratives (London, UK): Host writing classes, job opportunities, and writing resources for London based writers of color.


Nonprofits

  • The Conscious Kid (Los Angeles, CA): Celebrating diversity through research and youth development. They also have month book subscriptions for children of all ages.


Podcasts

  • Black Chick Lit: Host Dani and Mollie use their bi-monthly podcast to talk about books written by and about Black women.

  • Bookcetera: A weekly podcast that talks books and all things art culture.


Products

  • Simply Stylus (Houston, TX): An online software program that lets you plan your writing from start to finish.


Publishers

  • Flowered Concrete (New York, NY): Education press focused on poetry and vibrant media.

  • Just Us Books (East Orange, NJ): Black interests books for children.

  • Market FirftyFour (Global): Publishes books in African languages from African writers.

  • Vital Narrative Press (Memphis, TN): A publishing platform for writers of color.

  • World Stage Press (Los Angles, CA): Created as an extension to The World Stage writer’s workshops for African American writers.


Subscription Boxes

  • Just Like Me: Monthly delivery of 2-3 books and bookish swag for children.

  • My Lit Box: A quarterly subscription box focused on authors of color. You can choose boxes that contain Adult Fiction, YA Fiction, or Black Women authors.


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