Literary Happy Hour

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 5:00am to 7:00pm
Kehler Liddell Gallery
873 Whalley Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515

Literary Happy Hour is a reading and performance series curated by Cultural Activist Hanifa Nayo Washington that creates a radically inclusive performance space and creative community that gives rise to healing, liberation, deepening of self and genuine community building. Each event will focus on a different theme and feature several artists. Literary Happy Hour provides a platform for New Haven writers to present their work, build a local following, and form a supportive, collaborative writing community. Uniting the strongest writers from disconnected corners of the New Haven community – including creative writing students, open mic performers, and independent writers – Literary Happy Hour emphasizes writers of color and other writers belonging to marginalized groups.

If you are interested in being considered as a featured artist for one of the events, or signing up for the open mic, please email Hanifa:

HANIFA NAYO WASHINGTON is a cultural activist who views her creativity as radical medicine for the heart and uses it as a tool for liberation, healing, and community building. Hanifa has been the curator for Literary Happy since 2016. Learn more at This event is sponsored by ARTECON INITIATIVE and made possible with support from Kehler Liddell Gallery, the Pincus Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.