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. It will bring together hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender writers of African descent whose work spans the genres, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, multimedia arts and performance arts. Join writers, readers, thinkers, scholars, editors, publishers, curators, audio and visual artists, students, teachers, media professionals and art lovers from around the country to:
CREATE a body of writers dedicated to reversing negative trends in cultural, literary and artistic marketplaces, while creating more positive, powerful arenas for those expressions.
TEACH, inspire and encourage each other while creating lasting alliances.
DISCUSS the position and importance of Black LGBTQ literature, culture and artistic expression in the context of national and world literature and artwork.
DEVELOP and implement strategies to encourage universities, libraries, mainstream and independent bookstores and other venues to integrate more LGBT literature and artwork created by writers of African descent within and outside of traditional curricula and offerings.
PLAN, share and implement professional and artistic opportunities.
BUILD a community.
Fire & Ink, Incorporated is a nonprofit organization devoted to increasing the understanding, visibility and awareness of the works of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender writers of African descent and heritage. Fire & Ink, Incorporated is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.