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For artists, for activists, for all.


Poetry Salons

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
audience members.


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 March, June, September and December, 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.

The parlor floor of The Langston Hughes House is available for rental to accommodate groups of 60 or less.

Please feel free to stop by and see the space during our Community Open Hours (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 12pm - 5pm). For more information and to check availability and rates, please send an email to more information please contact us. 




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