• Fire & Ink IV



    Detroit, Michigan

  • Three days of conversations, discussions, presentations and performances

  • Meet hundreds of black LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly creative people.

  • PLAN, share and implement professional and artistic opportunities.

  • Speak with writers dedicated to reversing negative trends in cultural, literary and artistic marketplaces.

  • Inspire and encourage each other while creating lasting alliances.

  • Build community.

“Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have.”

—James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time


Fire & Ink IV: Witness will address the urgent question of what it means to bear witness as LGBTQ and SGL writers of African descent and heritage in the 21st century. Merriam-Webster offers these definitions of “witness”: One that gives evidence. One who is present at an event and can say that it happened. One who testifies in a cause. An attestation of fact. One who has personal knowledge of something. Public affirmation by word or example of usually religious faith or conviction. We invite Black LGBTQ and SGL writers and artists to assay their own definitions of witness.