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Celebrate Juneteenth with Torch Literary Arts



First celebrated in Texas, Juneteenth is now a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Deriving its name from combining June and nineteenth, it is celebrated on the anniversary of the order by Major General Gordon Granger proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas on June 19, 1865.


Learn more about the history of Juneteenth here.


Enjoy this list of select Torch Features


The Cottage by Gail Upchurch


word time by devorah major


Something Wonderful by Victoria Adams-Kennedy


Am I Beautiful? by Arianne Elena Payne


Old Blood, Still Running by Angela Redmond-Theodore



Join Torch Tuesday, June 20th for a special Juneteenth event.

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Torch Literary Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit established to publish 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, Elizabeth Alexander, and others. Programs include the Wildfire Reading Series, writing workshops, and retreats. Help TORCH continue to publish and promote Black women writers by donating today.

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