Well-Read Black Girl Festival returns to Brooklyn Nov. 10

JORDANNAH ELIZABETH | 11/8/2018, 3:19 p.m.
The Well-Read Black Girl Festival returns to Brooklyn to highlight brilliant Black women in the national literary community.
Author Tayari Jones

The Well-Read Black Girl Festival returns to Brooklyn to highlight brilliant Black women in the national literary community. The literary festival will take place Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Pioneer Works.

According to the Well-Read Black Girl website, Glory Edim “is a cultural programmer and the founder of Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG), a Brooklyn-based book club and online community that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. In 2017 she organized the first-ever Well-Read Black Girl Festival, featuring several award-winning writers, including Jacqueline Woodson, Tayari Jones and Rebecca Carroll. She has worked as a digital strategist for over 10 years at startups and cultural institutions, including The Webby Awards and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Most recently, she was the Publishing Outreach Specialist at Kickstarter, where she helped artists raise funding for their

creative projects.”

The latest schedule has been published on the Well-Read Black Girl’s website and includes a keynote speech from Patricia Smith, “whose literary and activist contributions continue to revolutionize the visibility and potency of the WRBG community,” and a panel featuring authors Renee Watson, Ibi Zoboi, Rita Williamson-Garcia and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, who will “discuss their process, their aims and wishes while writing, and their impact on the future generations of Black readers and writers.”

Well-Read Black Girl honorees include Patricia Smith, Dawn Davis and Naomi Jackson.

Edim is releasing a Well-Read Black Girl anthology, which is due out Oct. 30. The book is an inspiring collection of essays by Black women writers on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.

Contributors include Jesmyn Ward (“Sing, Unburied, Sing”), Lynn Nottage (“Sweat”), Jacqueline Woodson (“Another Brooklyn”), Gabourey Sidibe (“This Is Just My Face”), Morgan Jerkins (“This Will Be My Undoing”), Tayari Jones (“An American Marriage”), Rebecca Walker (“Black, White and Jewish”) and Barbara Smith (“Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology”).

You can pre-order “Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves” at https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/.

You can purchase tickets to the WRBG Festival at https://www.pioneerworks.org/programs/2nd-annual-well-read-black-girl-festival/.