What We Do
Torch Literary Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established to publish and promote creative writing by Black women. We publish contemporary writing by emerging and experienced writers alike. Torch has featured work by Colleen J. McElroy, Tayari Jones, Sharon Bridgforth, Crystal Wilkinson, Patricia Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Elizabeth Alexander, and others. Programs include the Wildfire Reading Series, writing workshops, retreats, and special events.
To promote the work of Black women by publishing contemporary creative writing by emerging and experienced writers alike, to archive contributors' literary work for posterity and educational purposes, and to provide resources and opportunities for the advancement of Black women through literary arts.
Torch Literary Arts centers Black women within their complex, intersecting identities. We provide inclusive and accessible programs to our community at large and we are committed to leveraging our unique platforms to help create positive change.
We believe that creative writing by Black women is valuable and necessary.
We believe in preserving our literary legacy by working across generations.
We believe that supporting creative writing adds to the cross-cultural appreciation of the arts.
We believe in utilizing current technology to connect our work to a broader audience.
We believe in meaningful collaboration based on respect, creativity, and freedom.
We believe in the power of community.