Every third Friday of the month, our parlor floor is transformed into a vibrant poetry salon.
Each session features a reading by a guest poet and welcomes all literary creatives, including
theater performers, singers, and musicians, to share their work in an open mic forum.
Kick start your weekend in the tradition of the uptown poetry scene by celebrating emerging
voices of the written word.
Creative Conversations Series
Our Creative Conversations series is a forum for artists and writers to engage one another
in an intimate and candid dialogue around practice, process and politics. Unscripted and
unmoderated, the series features readings, performances and an open exchange with
Langston Hughes Creative Writing Institute
We offer workshops and intensives through out the year for youth and adults of all writing
levels. Our workshops provide a supportive yet challenging atmosphere for emerging and
established writers to develop, share, and critique work. Our guest faculty are distinguished,
published writers who are committed to building creative, nurturing communities.
Our specialized writing workshops include the Langston Hughes Young Writers Institute,
which offers week-long intensives during spring and summer breaks. This institute is
centered around the poetry of Langston Hughes, hip-hop, and writing poetry that honors
everyday people and places and speaks out against injustice.
Third Tuesday of Every Month, 6-9pm
Grab a glass of wine and mingle with local creatives during our monthly uptown social.
Semple is named after and based on Langston Hughes’ fictional character, Jesse B. Semple.
Semple was a regular at a Harlem bar who engaged in conversation with locals about the
ongoings of everyday life.
Flexible Community Space
Through our commitment to the future of art and art making in Harlem, we offer access to
affordable rental space. Our parlor floor is a raw 300 square-foot double room that is open to
independent artists, small nonprofits, and educators who are in need of space for workshops,
performances, meetings, rehearsals and more. We do not rent space for baby/bridal showers, birthday parties and weddings. For more information please contact us.