Schomburg Center Literary Festival: Schomburg Center Literary Festival 2022

Date and Time
Saturday, June 18, 2022, 10:30 AM - 6 PM
End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.


Fully accessible to wheelchairs
Free Event
Event Details

Left side, An illustration of two young girls reading a book. Right side, an exterior shot of the Schomburg Center from across the street

Free Harlem literary festival featuring some of the most talented writers of African descent and influential figures in culture today.

IN-PERSONThe Schomburg Center Literary Festival: Reading the African Diaspora celebrates authors of African descent and champions literacy and books across genres to amplify Black history and culture. Festival programming features some of the most talented writers and influential figures in culture today. The festival is built on the foundation created by Arturo Schomburg–encouraging freedom of thought, the relentless pursuit of Black history, and the engagement of our imagination towards our collective freedom.

The inaugural festival, founded in 2019 as an in-person event, has been virtual for the last two years.  This year marks its fourth year and will reconvene communities of book lovers to interact with their favorite authors in Harlem, USA. The festival hosts a marketplace of local organizations and vendors, NYPL mobile library, and programs for all ages.

Readings, panel discussions, and workshops at the event range from prose to poetry, comic books to young adult novels, fiction and nonfiction.

LOCATION | The festival will take place in Schomburg’s landmark building at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, as well as outdoors on 135th Street between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevards, on stage named after Adam Clayton Powell and Zora Neale Hurston.


PUBLIC NOTICE AND DISCLAIMER | By registering for this event, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending an in-person program at The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold The New York Public Library, its Trustees, officers, agent and employees liable for any illness or injury. If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or suspect you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, please stay home.

Artwork: Cropped, "Take A Look...The World is Yours", 2019 by Jennifer Mack-Watkins

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE |  Saturday, June 18
Visit our Literary Festival Splash Page

Langston Hughes Stage
11:00 AM | Reading, An Act of Rebellion and Joy
Opening Celebration
Jason Reynolds (Stunt Boy, Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Patina, Ghost, Look Both Ways
Roxane Gay (Hunger, Bad Feminist, Difficult Women)

12:45 PM | Health and Racism in America
Linda Villarosa, Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation

2:00 PM | Black Manhattan In and Out of the Archives
Kia Corthron (Moon and the Mars)
Kevin McGruder (Phillip Payton: The Father of Black Harlem)
Moderator: Eric K. Washington

3:15 PM | Embracing Desire, A Debut Author’s Journey
Mecca Jamilah Sullivan (Big Girl)
Moderator: Jacqueline Woodson

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Stage
10:30 AM | Woke Baby! Festival
Children’s Author Readings, Live Music, Yoga and Meditation, Bookmark Making, and Author Signings
Powered by Woke Baby!
Curated and Hosted by Mahogany L. Browne (Chlorine Sky, Woke Baby​)

1:00 PM | Literary Monuments, Friendship, and Toni Morrison
A.J. Verdelle (Miss Chloe: A Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison)
Moderator: Tiphanie Yanique (Monster in the Middle: A Novel)
>> Presented in collaboration with The Center for Fiction NEA Big Read. learn more ​

2:15 PM | To Be Brave and in Love
Awaeke Emezi (You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty)
Moderator: Nicole Dennis-Benn, Patsy: A Novel

3:30 PM | Crafting Community in Short Stories
Sidik Fofana (Stories from the Tenants Downstairs)
Ladee Hubbard (The Last Suspicious Holdout: Stories)
Moderator: Ainehi Edoro, Brittle Paper

Zora Neale Hurston Stage
3:45 PM | Poetry for Our Time
Harold Green III (Black Oak, Black Roses)

Aaron Douglas Reading Room
12:00 PM
Mateo Askaripour (Black Buck)

1:30 PM
Cleyvis Natera (Neruda on the Park: A Novel)

American Negro Theatre
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM | Workshop: The Art of Creating Historical Fiction
Presented by Harlem Writers Guild & Minnette Coleman

A workshop for those wanting to write historical fiction one way to create their story through research and writing. Pre-Registration and prep suggested. REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 21

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Workshop: Intro to Personal Storytelling
Presented by The Moth

There is power in sharing your personal stories—the power to spark meaningful connections, to deepen self-awareness, and even to inspire social change. Pre-Registration and prep suggested. REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 21

AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDING | Programs are photographed and recorded by the Schomburg Center. Attending this event indicates your consent to being filmed/photographed and your consent to the use of your recorded image for any all purposes of the New York Public Library.

PRESS | Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Leah Drayton at

Please note that professional video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.
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Assistive Listening and ASL
ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing