Second Annual Well-Read Black Girl Festival

Well-Read Black Girl and Pioneer Works present the second annual Well-Read Black Girl Festival, a celebration of Black women readers and writers that seeks to initiate meaningful conversations within the literary arts. This year’s festival includes authors Jacqueline Woodson, Veronica Chambers, Renée Watson, Mahogany Browne, Blair Imani, and many more to be announced!

Well-Read Black Girl is a book club for Black women founded in 2015 that amplifies the voices of Black writers and celebrates their unique place in the world. Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl and received the 2017 Innovator’s Award from the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes for her work as a literary advocate. She serves on the board of New York City’s Housing Works Bookstore and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Illustration by Alex Bowman

The festival is made possible by partners Random House and Greenlight Bookstore.

Event Details


Welcome Address

Glory Edim, Founder of Well-Read Black Girl
Musical Performance by Candice Hoyes
Intention Setting presented by Blind Seed

Keynote Patricia Smith

We open with poet Patricia Smith whose literary and activist contributions continue to revolutionize the visibility and potency of the WRBG community.

Creating the Well-Read Black Girl Anthology

Featuring editor Glory Edim, along with contributors Mahogany Browne, Renee Watson, Veronica Chambers, Carla Bruce-Eddings and Bsrat Mezghebe.

Black Girl Magic: Writing For and About Black Girls

Our WRBG YA panel will feature authors Renee Watson, Ibi Zoboi, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. They will discuss their process, their aims and wishes while writing, and their impact on the future generations of Black readers and writers.

Writing Our Future: Manifesting Collective Change with Blind Seed

Blind Seed co-founders Tara Aura and Sara Elise will lead an intimate manifestation workshop for the WRBG community—the writers, the readers and everyone in between. Enjoy a chance to plunge into your heart’s intentions, removing resistance and raising your vibration

Illuminating Herstory: Uncovering Legacies of Black Women

Authors Blair Imani, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, and Bridgett M. Davis will discuss the importance of writing and celebrating the historical narratives of Black women.

Tribute to WRBG Honorees

Poet Patricia Smith
Publisher Dawn Davis
Author Naomi Jackson

The Beauty of James Baldwin's Masterpiece If Beale Street Could Talk

Special guests to be announced!

Closing Remarks