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We are all about engaging black teens in poetry, prose, and literature in a culturally relevant dialogue.

Everything about The Hurston & Hughes Literary Circle is summed up in our love of the written word for, by, and/or about African-American, AfroEuropean, AfroLatinx, Caribbean, and AfroAsian peoples.

We specifically work with middle and high school students. The literary circle welcomes public, private, and homeschool participants to join us for a ten-week opportunity to engage with like-minded teens.

The young people meet in area coffee shops, bookstores, libraries, museums, parks, or even poolside to chat over the material they read, enjoy a laugh or two, and have a snack. Or, in the aftermath of the pandemic, virtually through Zoom, Facebook Live, Meet, or one of the emerging platforms.

We read real books, write with real paper and pencil, and for a couple hours on a Tuesday evening in the summer, slow down to think, critically and contemplatively.

This is a summer experience founded and directed by Antona Brent Smith, M.Div., M.B.A., B.S., Founder, Chief Creative Officer and CEO of Tayé Foster Bradshaw Group with thirty years of experience in marketing strategy, branding, creative communication, writing, program management, and non-profit educational endeavors. She is a poet, essayist, and literary critic who writes as Tayé Foster Bradshaw, the name that honors her parents and grandmother who encouraged her to muse.

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