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“Mixing “page” and “stage” poets with fiction writers, filmmakers, playwrights, journalists and academics at all stages of their careers, the groundbreaking Fire & Ink: A Writers Festival for GLBT People of African Descent, held in Chicago in 2002, helped introduce a wide range of writers to each other and their work in ways previous, mainly non-black writers’ gatherings and small literary salons could not match.” -OutNoDoubt

Fire & Ink Mission Statement


Fire & Ink is recognized as the most influential supporter and advocate for GLBT writers of African descent.


Fire & Ink is devoted to increasing the understanding, visibility and awareness of the works of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender writers of African descent and heritage. In order to achieve this important mission Fire & Ink may:

  • Sponsor biennially an internationally focused forum for the scholarly and professional examination and celebration of black GLBT writing and publishing. The proceedings of this forum may be published and distributed.
  • Advocate for increased inclusion of such GLBT works in libraries, academic curricula and bookstores.
  • Organize workshops that nurture and strengthen GLBT writers and publishers of African descent and heritage.
  • Publish a review of writing by GLBT writers of African descent and heritage.