The Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center

The Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center at Simmons College provides an inclusive forum for contemporary poets, playwrights, and writers who represent diverse cultural perspectives. Drawing inspiration from the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston — an outstanding novelist, skilled folklorist, playwright, journalist, and critic who was the most prolific black woman writer in America during the first half of the 20th century — the Center works to cultivate literary awareness and cultural diversity at Simmons and in communities throughout the Boston area. We offer an ongoing calendar of author readings and literary events that are open to the general public.

Past events sponsored by ZNH include:

International Chinese Poetry Festivals

Cave Canem Fellows' Reading

American Writer's & Poets Conference

Poetry Readings by: Moira Linehan, Zhang Er, Chen Luming, Sonia Sanchez, Patricia Spears Jones, Martín Espada, Lauren Schmidt, among several others