Black Literary Organizations
The List is Growing and Growing…
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. Don’t see your favorite organization? Make a request using the request form at the bottom of the page.
Léonicak Valcius: Assistant Agent based in Toronto Canada. She is actively growing her client list with a direct mandate to work with Writers of Color.
Here Wee Read: Mom of two, Charnaie shares her reading and travel journeys on this blog filled with children’s literature recommendations.
Book Pearls (Chester, VA): Organized by author 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.
The Bibliophiles (Kenilworth, NJ): The are the oldest, continuously operating, incorporated Black book club in America, now operating for 34 years.
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.
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The Brown Bookshelf: “Designed to push awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers. Our flagship initiative is 28 Days Later, a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by Black creators.”
Literary Narratives (London, UK): Host writing classes, job opportunities, and writing resources for London based writers of color.
The Conscious Kid (Los Angeles, CA): Celebrating diversity through research and youth development. They also have monthly book subscriptions for children of all ages.
I, Too Arts Collective (East Harlem, NYC): Operating out of the Harlem brownstone where Langston Hughes once lived, they provide writing programing with the commitment of nurturing underrepresented voices.
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.
Minorities in Publishing: “Discussing diversity (or lack thereof) in the book publishing industry with other professionals working in-house as well as authors and those in the literary scene.”
Simply Stylus (Houston, TX): An online software program that lets you plan your writing from start to finish.
BLF Press (Clayton, NC): “An independent Black feminist press dedicated to amplifying the work of women of color.”
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.
Jack Jones Literary Arts (Los Angles, CA): “Publicizes bold, forward-thinking literature that privileges narratives told by black women and women of color.”
The Literary Revolution (Atlanta, GA): A multifaceted company that published Black literature as well as consults literary professionals to help them succeed in publishing.
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Know of any POC organizations, publishers, press, or nonprofits changing lives through lit? Include as much information as possible to the form below so I can add them to this resource page.