Black
Literature
for Black Liberation

We are literary organizations at the center of the shift in American letters — a Black shift. Black literature empowers us to actualize our humanity and liberation.

Black
Literature
for Black Liberation

We are organizations at the center of the shift in American letters — a Black shift. Black literary word empowers us to actualize our humanity and liberation.

A Black Collective Fundraiser

A Black Collective Fundraiser

A Black Collective Fundraiser

Getting Word: Black Literature for Black Liberation is an annual collective fundraiser calling for the long-term monetary support of the Black literary arts organizations responsible for producing America’s leading authors.

Cave Canem Foundation

For 25 years Cave Canem has cultivated the artistic and professional growth of Black Poets.

Founded by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in 1996 to remedy the under-representation and isolation of Black poets in the literary landscape, Cave Canem Foundation is a home for the many voices of Black poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and progressional growth of Black poets.

Furious Flower Poetry Center

Founded on JMU Campus, Furious Flower is the nation’s first academic center for Black poetry.

In the almost twenty-five years since it began, Furious Flower's programs have reached thousands of poets, educators, students, and poetry lovers around the world. Today, the mission of the center is to ensure the visibility, inclusion and critical consideration of Black poets in American letters, as well as in the whole range of educational curricula. Our programming seeks to cultivate an appreciation for poetry and students of all levels-from elementary to graduate school and beyond.

Hurston/Wright Foundation

For over 30 years, Hurston/Wright has celebrated, nurtured and showcased Black writers in all phases of their writing journey.

The Hurston/Wright Foundation supports Black writers in developing their writing and creating quality literature. Providing intensive writing workshop retreats, residencies, and craft talks, Hurston/Wright's mission is mentor, recognize and provide community for Black writers. In addition, we strive to connect writers with reading audiences, creating spaces for engagement. Co-founded by multi-genre writer Marita Golden, Hurston/Wright produces The Black Writer's Studio podcast, and presents several awards, including the annual Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards.

Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora

An award-winning peer-reviewed journal and publishing platform for critical and creative Black literature and arts.

Celebrating over 47 years, Obsidian was founded by late poet Alvin Aubert with help from poet Sonia Sanchez. Aubert mobilized energy created by the Black Arts Movement to address the lack of venues for writers of African descent. Published biannually in print and year-round online, Obsidian supports the contemporary poetry, fiction, drama/performance, visual and media art of Africans globally, and remains an independent beacon for critical-creative Black thought.

The Watering Hole

Founded in 2013, The Watering Hole builds Harlem Renaissance spaces for poets of color in the south.

The Watering Hole invests in pursuing the craft of poetry. We are a home where poets of color in the South can learn and grow at each others' feet. As a multiethnic, intergenerational, intersectional Tribe, we meet poets at every level from Slam to Ph.D. to beginner, from Gwendolyn Brooks scholar to Kendrick Lamar aficionado, from retiree to elementary school student.

  Getting Word Juneteenth

  Getting Word Juneteenth

  Getting Word Juneteenth

Our campaign begins on Juneteenth, the date in 1865 when Black folks in Texas “Got Word” of the Emancipation Proclamation and ends on July 4th–another holiday of liberation. Our goal is simple: to link the newly minted holiday of Juneteenth to a tradition of supporting the organizations behind America’s Black authors.

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Getting Word's movement is still underway! Support the organizations that nurture Black writers. From Juneteenth to July 4th, join us to #FundBlackLiterature. Visit https://t.co/k2f8dwqook to donate today!

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Black writers begin somewhere. @GettingWordNow is a coalition of 5 Black literary organizations supporting Black authors, poets, and essayists. Join us from #Juneteenth to July 4th to #FundBlackLiterature.
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🔥 We are moved by the outpouring of support for our mission to #FundBlackLiterature! We are working to reach our goal of $50k to help address the systemic underresourcig and underfunding of Black Literary organizations.

Donations to Getting Word are divided equally between our participating organizations. Support of Getting Word is support for the organizations behind today’s leading, emerging, and aspiring Black authors. Visit gettingword.org to #FundBlackLiterature today!
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🎉 Happening now! Join this virtual reading for Getting Word: Black Literature for Black Liberation! bit.ly/3xuqEXz

Hosted by Dr. Joanne Gabbin, featuring Destiny Birdsong, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Lauren K. Alleyne, and Amanda Johnston!
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Check it out!🔥In this powerful interview, Khadijah Ali-Coleman, executive director of the Hurston/Wright Foundation, and Tyehimba Jess, board president of Cave Canem, talk to Lurie Daniel Favors about Getting Word and our mission to #FundBlackLiterature:

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Getting Word: Black Literature for Black Liberation is an annual collective fundraiser calling for the long-term monetary support of the Black literary arts ...
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Exciting news! Bookshop is deepening its commitment to Getting Word with a $10K donation! Bookshop believes in Getting Word’s mission to address the underfunding and under-resourcing of the Black Literary organizations behind your favorite Black authors.

Join Bookshop in our movement to #FundBlackLiterature. Visit gettingword.org to donate today!
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Meet The Watering Hole! Founded in 2013, The Watering Hole builds Harlem Renaissance spaces for poets of color in the south.

The Watering Hole is one of the five Black literary organizations that make up Getting Word. Getting Word is proud to support The Watering Hole’s mission as a multiethnic, intergenerational, intersectional Tribe, that serves poets at every level of their journey.

“Getting Word: Black Literature for Black Liberation” is our annual collective fundraiser to provide long-term funding to the Black literary organizations at the center of Black literature.

Visit gettingword.org to learn about our work and donate today. #FundBlackLiterature
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