Welcome to the 2017 Festival of Literary Arts (FOLA). The Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC) created a literary experience to inspire, enlighten, and encourage seasoned and budding writers, while linking them to various creative disciplines and incorporating enriching experiences. From May 3 – Saturday, May 13, 2017, our literary consortium celebrates the intersection of authors, poets, screenwriters, visual artists, and literary entrepreneurs of all ages.  Through a panel of workshops and events, FOLA is meant to inspire dreams and reinvigorate dormant ideas, while celebrating cultural and creative diversity. 

We are excited to announce our Literary Artists in Resident this year will be Nancy Morejón, the most internationally successful and widely translated Cuban woman poet of the post-revolutionary period. Morejón was the first African Cuban student to take a degree in faculty of arts at Havana University. She has published widely as and is a celebrated writer, critic, and translator. The award-winning Cuban lead poet symbolizes the beauty of prose, breaking barriers, artistic sisterhood and brotherhood, and the potential of achieving creative greatness. She will open the festival, engage students in the county, and also appear in New York as a part of our inaugural collaboration with Pen America, World Voices Festival. FOLA event highlights include the keynote opening networking reception followed by a series of lively panel discussions and informative workshops.

FOLA Festival Team

Curator: Rhonda Dallas

Festival Coordinator: Andrea Blackstone

Production Team: Kristina Lyles, Elizabeth Crittenden, Ethel Lewis, Anthoni Senegal

Branding / Marketing: Three6ixtyfive

Special Thanks: Catherine Murphy, Nichelle Holmes, Maria Saldana