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The 12th Annual
Langston Hughes Literary Arts Festival 


Saturday, November 7, 12–4pm

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The Black Heritage Reference Center at the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center established its roots in 1969 as a place to learn about Black history and culture. Listening to and reading about people’s lived experience while understanding the context is necessary to raise consciousness and help us ask better questions. This year’s Literary Arts Festival underscores this.

As James Baldwin wrote in The Fire Next Time, “Know whence you came. If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go.”


David Mills is the author of The Sudden Country, The Dream Detective, and After Mistic (Massachusetts slavery poems). He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Bread Loaf, The American Antiquarian Society, Queens Council on the Arts, Cave Canem, and the Lannan Foundation. He lived in Langston Hughes’ landmark Harlem home for three years and wrote the audio script for MacArthur Genius Award winner Deborah Willis’ curated exhibition: Reflections in Black: 100 Years of Black Photography.

Candacy Taylor is an award-winning author, photographer, and cultural documentarian working on a multidisciplinary project based on the Green Book. Taylor is the author of Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America (Abrams Books).

Maisy Card is a writer and a public librarian. Her debut novel, These Ghosts are Family, was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and was long-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Her writing has appeared in Lenny Letter, School Library Journal, AGNI, Lit Hub, Guernica, and other publications.

Regina Bernard-Carreño is a graduating pioneer of the African American Studies master’s degree program at Columbia University. She completed her M.Phil and PhD. degrees in Urban Education at CUNY’s Graduate Center. She is now an associate professor of Black and Latino/a Studies at Baruch College, CUNY and Urban Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her most recent book is Say It Loud: Black Studies, Its Students, and Racialized Collegiate Culture.

As Producer / Director of Shades of Truth Theatre, Michael Green is committed to presenting positive theater that is provocative, educational, and entertaining. In collaboration with his strategic partner Voza Rivers / New Heritage Theatre Group, Shades of Truth has produced dozens of shows including The Day Harlem Saved Dr. King, Whistle in Mississippi: The Lynching of Emmett Till, Barbara Jordan: I Dared to Be Me, The Life & Times of TRUBONE and plays by Celeste Bedford Walker, Black Wall Street and Camp Logan, as well as Jeff Stetson’s The Meeting.


12 PM
David Mills – Slave Poems

1 PM
Candacy Taylor – The Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America

2 PM
Maisy Card, author of These Ghosts Are Family, talks with Regina Bernard

3 PM
Shades of Truth Theatre presents MLK: If I Had Sneezed, featuring producer / director Michael Green

Funding is provided in part from NYS Education Department’s Special Legislative Grant from Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry and the Library Action Committee of Corona-East Elmhurst.