Words on paper. Written by , for, and/or about Afrodiasporian teens.
Stories that connect and inspire dialogue, community, and reading.
The Hurston & Hughes Literary Circle is a middle-high school summer reading experience for African identified public, private, or homeschooled young people who want to read beyond stereotyped stories about their culture, heritage, and lives. We are open to African-American, West Indian, continential Africans, AfroLatinx, and AfroEuropean students. Our reading is set squarely on being black, young, and in authentic stories.
Held each summer for eight-ten weeks in June and July, we read poetry, prose, literature, essays, memoirs, and historical fiction that gives a nuanced telling of the Black experience.
Each participant is invited to suggest a Black cultural title.
We expanded from our Kirkwood MO birthplace to being a virtual gathering, centered in Woodbridge CT with circle members from the Midwest, South, and Northeast.