The Center for Southern Literary Arts Presents

the First Memphis Literary Arts Festival

Founded and presented by the Center for Southern Literary Arts (, the first annual Memphis Literary Arts Festival ( will take place June 16, 2018 and strives to be a world-class festival celebrating storytelling and the city’s unique arts, culture, and historical legacies. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature a street fair, musical performances, and literary work from a broad cross-section of storytellers. #MLAF is proud to make its home in the historic Edge District, an intersection of industry and culture since the city’s earliest days. By featuring renowned, award-winning authors from across the globe alongside exceptional local writers, artists, and civic leaders, we celebrate the stories of those folks most marginalized by region, race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and/or citizenship.

The CSLA is a 501(c)(3) organization and was founded in 2017 by writers & native Memphians Jamey HatleyMolly Rose Quinn, and Zandria F. Robinson.




The Center for Southern Literary Arts Presents Dinner

at the Hibiscus Salon

The Center for Southern Literary Arts annual benefit, Dinner at the Hibiscus Salon, takes place this year at Premiere Palace Ballroom, 629 Monroe AvenueJune 15, 2018 from 6 PM to 9 PM. The evening features a special four-course dinner and cocktails designed by renowned Chef D. Arthur, a performance by Americana star Adia Victoria, a reading from award-winning southern writer Kiese Laymon, and work from acclaimed documentary photographer Andrea Morales. Individual General Admission tickets are $85, and individual VIP tickets, which include access to the author reception on June 16th, are $250. Tables of eight are available for $1,000. Sponsorships are available; contact admin AT southernliteraryarts DOT org. for more information. The dinner benefits all CSLA programming, including the Lyceum Mainstage, youth writing workshops, and The Tiny Temple Reading Series.

The CSLA is a 501(c)(3) organization and was founded in 2017 by writers & native Memphians Jamey HatleyMolly Rose Quinn, and Zandria F. Robinson.

Buy tickets here.


Choose901 Spring Popup Shop

 April 12, 2016 – Choose901 will host a Spring Popup Shop on April 22nd and 23rd at Visible Music College, located at 200 Madison Avenue. Proud locals can shop more than 33 different Memphis-themed t-shirt designs and get a hold of new items such as totes, dry-fit athletic wear, onesies and more. The inventory will also feature a variation on an old classic, the Choose901 tri-star tank.   

 Local vendors and artists will also make an appearance at the popup. The Reverb Coffee Truck and Pink Diva Cupcakery will be on site for your mid-day to late-afternoon pick-me-up. Additional vendors will be announced soon.  

What: Choose901 Spring Popup Shop

When: Friday, April 22, 3pm-7pm and Saturday, April 23, 10am-3pm

Where: Visible Music College, 200 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103

 Photo caption: April Pruett, Mallory Strawn and Kelsie Carter show off the new Choose901 totes.  

Photo credit: Amanda Hill

About Choose901 

Choose901 is a movement of passionate Memphians who want to invest and enjoy their lives in the Bluff City. Choose901 exists to share these great things and introduce these great people to each other while being a positive megaphone to the rest of the world.

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Tennessee Brewery Untapped, Thursdays-Sundays, 6:00pm-11:00pm

495 Tennessee St.(Downtown Memphis), FREE ADMISSION

Every Thursday through Sunday from April 24 through June 1, the Tennessee Brewery will be converted into a beautiful beer garden with local craft beers, food trucks, pop-up retail, live music, and more. This event will only take place for a short period of time due to the owner’s inability to sell the property to a suitable buyer. If no one purchases the property by July, the owner is going to demolish the building.


Using Digital Media to Connect and Build, Tuesday, May 20 (See Attached Flyer)

 Connecting the Dots

Invest In You Workshop, Saturday, June 7, 11:00am-12:30pm

This workshop will be led by Adrian Davis, Frank C. Davis & Associates in Nashville, TN. He’s making a special trip down to share helpful and practical investment tips for YPs, regardless of your income. The amount of money you earn is not the only factor that determines your financial future. How that money is put to work has a much larger role that you could ever imagine! Take control of your finances and build wealth through an interactive, practical and unbiased learning experience. Limited Seating: RSVP at

Invest In You


National Civil Rights Museum Mixer, Thursday, May 22, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Hosted by the Memphis Chapter – National Black MBA Association​

450 Mulberry Street,  $20.00 Admission

Includes private group tour and networking reception. Purchase tickets online,


MULYP Night Out with Rickey Smiley, Friday, June 20, 8:00pm

Cannon Center for Performing Arts, 255 North Main St.

Enjoy an evening with premier seating for MULYP Group (Open to Members and Non-Members) Call Tommie Thompson(901)576-1269 to receive special discounted tickets.


SugaShack Lounge, 8:00pm-11:00pm

Celebrating Black Music Month, June 6 – June 28

150 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

4 weekends of honoring the legendary work of artist such as Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, Al Green, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Maurice White, Aretha Franklin, Pattie Labelle, Michael Jackson and many more.



The Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Government Association is sponsoring the Multicultural Festival to be the held on our campus at the Student Plaza on April 19, 2013. Students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to attend to make this a worthwhile educational experience.
The Festival is free to the University community and public and celebrates diversity with artists and performers. The goal is to highlight a variety of cultural and ethnic groups, showcasing artistic performances of traditional music, dance, food, literature and other cultural.
The sponsors of the festival believes that the University Community and public are enhance by exposure to group different from themselves and in today’s world, appreciation and understanding are more important than ever.