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Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay.
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Crystal Boson writes short, dense poems that lay bare the complicated geographies of the United States and the lives of the Black, queer, and marginalized bodies that dwell within its boundaries. She currently writes about, and resides in the midwest. She is a Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, and was awarded the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award in 2014. She has work published in Blueshift Journal, Pank, Parcel, among other locations. Most recently her work: the bitter map was selected as the winner of the 2017 Honeysuckle Press Chapbook Contest by Saeed Jones.
Rio Cortez is the New York Times bestselling author of The ABCs of Black History (Workman, 2020), Golden Ax (forthcoming from Penguin Books), and The River Is My Sea (forthcoming from Denene Millner Books, Simon & Schuster). Born and raised in Salt Lake City, she now lives, writes, and works in Harlem.
Arvo Villars is a poet in Brooklyn.