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Jul 19, 2024

Torch Literary Arts Welcomes Erin Waelder to the Board of Directors

Erin was welcomed to the board in June, bringing her extensive background in development communications.

Torch Literary Arts Welcomes Erin Waelder to the Board of Directors

Jul 12, 2024

Torch Literary Arts Receives Poetry Foundation Grant 

Torch Literary Arts (Torch), a nonprofit organization dedicated to amplifying Black women writers, will receive funding from the Poetry Foundation. This is the nonprofit’s second year receiving funding from the foundation.

Torch Literary Arts Receives Poetry Foundation Grant 

Jun 28, 2024

Torch Literary Arts Receives Burdine Johnson Foundation Grant

This is Torch's third year receiving the grant that serves Central Texas arts, education, historical preservation, and environmental sustainability causes.

Torch Literary Arts Receives Burdine Johnson Foundation Grant

Jun 5, 2024

Celebrate Pride Month by Amplifying Queer Black Voices

At Torch, we recognize the many impactful contributions that queer Black women writers have given us and wish a Happy Pride to all those celebrating!

Celebrate Pride Month by Amplifying Queer Black Voices

May 31, 2024

Torch Feature Yael Valencia Aldana Receives Pushcart Prize

For the second year in a row, a Torch Feature has received a Pushcart Prize for their amazing work published in Torch Magazine.

Torch Feature Yael Valencia Aldana Receives Pushcart Prize

May 24, 2024

Torch Literary Arts to Receive Grants for Arts Allocation from the National Endowment for the Arts

This is Torch's second year receiving funding from National Endowment for the Arts. Funding will go towards artist honorariums for retreats, workshops, panels, and readings.

Torch Literary Arts to Receive Grants for Arts Allocation from the National Endowment for the Arts

Apr 12, 2024

Torch Announces the 2024 Retreat Fellows

Eight fellows were selected to attend the second annual retreat for Black women writers at the Colton House in Austin, Texas from July 21-28, 2024.

Torch Announces the 2024 Retreat Fellows

Apr 11, 2024

Torch Literary Arts Welcomes Dana Weekes to Board of Directors

Dana Weekes was welcomed to the board in March, bringing her extensive background in law and policy, and commitment to creation as self-care.

Torch Literary Arts Welcomes Dana Weekes to Board of Directors

Apr 5, 2024

Celebrating National Poetry Month with an Ode to Poets

Every April, Torch is elated to celebrate the Black women who put words to feelings by celebrating National Poetry Month

Celebrating National Poetry Month with an Ode to Poets

Mar 22, 2024

Website Updates: New Transparency Documents, Including Three-Year Strategic Plan

Torch Literary Arts updates website to include transparency documents including IRS Form 990s, Annual Reports, and the 2024-2026 Strategic Plan.

Website Updates: New Transparency Documents, Including Three-Year Strategic Plan

Mar 8, 2024

Celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day

Torch Literary Arts acknowledges and celebrates the many literary contributions of women to history and the wonderful Black women writers across the diaspora.

Celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day

Feb 16, 2024

Torch Literary Arts Opens Applications for the 2024 Torch Retreat

The Torch Retreat will host its second annual writing retreat for Black women writers at the Colton House in Austin, Texas from July 21-28, 2024.

Torch Literary Arts Opens Applications for the 2024 Torch Retreat

Feb 9, 2024

Celebrating Black History & Futures 24/7, 366 days

This Black History Month, Torch acknowledges the importance of amplifying Black women writers year-round.

Celebrating Black History & Futures 24/7, 366 days

Jan 30, 2024

Austin Community Foundation Announces Torch Literary Arts as one of The Black Fund Grant Partners

The Black Fund’s recognition of Torch Literary Arts as a grant partner allows Torch to continue hosting special events for Black women writers in the Austin community.

Austin Community Foundation Announces Torch Literary Arts as one of The Black Fund Grant Partners

Jan 26, 2024

Torch Literary Arts Unveils 2024 Spring Season

Torch’s 2024 Spring Season is full of workshops, panels, an interactive literary cooking event, and much more to help Black women writers share their unique stories.

Torch Literary Arts Unveils 2024 Spring Season

Jan 16, 2024

Torch Literary Arts Announces Transitions to 2024 Board of Directors

This year’s board transition includes the retirement of former board chair, Florinda Bryant, and elections of new board chair, Dr. Sequoia Maner, new secretary, Stephanie Lang, and new board member, Shannon Johnson

Torch Literary Arts Announces Transitions to 2024 Board of Directors

Jan 9, 2024

Culture Ireland Awards Torch Literary Arts Funding to Host Irish Poets

Torch will use the Culture Ireland funding to host Irish poets Nithy Kasa and FELISPEAKS for interactive writing workshops from October 1-7, 2024.

Culture Ireland Awards Torch Literary Arts Funding to Host Irish Poets
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