Torch Literary Arts is a nonprofit organization established to support and promote creative writing by Black women. We publish contemporary writing by experienced and emerging writers alike. TORCH has featured work by Colleen J. McElroy, Tayari Jones, Sharon Bridgforth, Crystal Wilkinson, Patricia Smith, Natasha Trethewey, and others. Programs include the Wildfire Reading Series that features Black women authors and allies, workshops, and retreats. 





To promote the work of Black women by publishing contemporary creative writing by experienced and emerging writers alike, to archive contributors' literary work for posterity and educational purposes, and provide resources and opportunities for the advancement of Black women through literary arts.






  • 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 our resourceful community.