Margaret Porter Troupe

Freelance Writer & Producer of Cultural Events

Spring Art Show: Melvino Garretti


On the first weekend in May, from May 2nd to May 4th, we will open an exhibition of ceramics by LA artist, Melvino Garretti. Join us Friday, May 2nd from 7:00 to 9:00pm for a reception for the artist and on Saturday, May 3rd, for an artist talk at 3:00pm. Gallery hours on Saturday May…

Elizabeth Nunez: Book Party & Talk


Come Sunday, April 6th, 3:00-6:00pm and celebrate with us the release of Not for Everyday Use (Akashic Books), the new memoir from one of our favorite authors, Elizabeth Nunez. We are equally excited and delighted to welcome novelist Tayari Jones (Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, Leaving Atlanta) who will engage Elizabeth in conversation about this new…

Harlem for Baraka 2014

Ras Baraka for Mayor of Newark

  It was Amiri Baraka’s dream to see his son, Ras Baraka, elected Mayor of Newark, New Jersey in 2014. In homage to Amiri’s memory and because we too believe Newark needs a progressive, visionary thinker and community activist at its helm, we are pleased to host a fundraiser for Ras Baraka for Mayor of…

Farah Jasmine Griffin – Book Signing & Talk

Farah Jasmine Graffin

Come join us on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the HARLEM ARTS SALON in the historic Graham Court Apartments at 1925 SEVENTH AVE #7L NEW YORK NY 10026 for an afternoon with Farah Jasmine Griffin, author and the William B. Ransford Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and African American Studies at Columbia University. Professor Griffin will give us the inside story about the publication of her newest book, HARLEM NOCTURNE (Basic Books), a “dazzling” account of the lives of three of Harlem’s most revered women, Ann Petry, Pearl Primus and Mary Lou Williams. Call or write us to reserve your seats. Seating is limited. $25 per person. Food & wine served. TELEPHONE (212) 749-7771. EMAIL:

Meena Alexander and Robert Antoni with Elizabeth Nunez

Meena Alexander

November 17th at the Harlem Arts SalonWe are pleased welcome poet Meena Alexander and novelist, Robert Antoni to the Harlem Arts Salon on Sunday, November 17, from 2:00 to 6:00pm for an afternoon of poetry and fiction in celebration of the publication of Alexander’s newest book of poems, Birthplace with Buried Stones  (TriQuarterly Books), and Robert…

Will Calhoun and Marc Cary

Will Calhoun Drummer Mag Cover

Sunday, December 15, 2013, 2:30-5:30pm Lucky for us, the phenomenal Will Calhoun‘s appearance has been re-scheduled for Sunday, December 15th and Will has invited the magnificent keyboardist Marc Cary to join him! We will talk to Will about his newest CD, Life in this World, and find out what he’s up in the coming year.…

The Dark Room Collective End of Tour Celebration May 11th

Dark Room Collective Today

At the Harlem Arts Salon with Natasha Trethewey The Dark Room Collective, a group of black writers founded twenty-five years ago in Boston by poets Thomas Sayers Ellis and Sharan Strange, and musician Janice Lowe was conceived as a reading series and became a small community of poets. Strange writes that “it was the sustaining…

Natasha Trethewey & the Dark Room Collective May 11th 2013

Natasha Trethewey

Meet & Greet US Poet Laureate and The Dark Room Collective We are pleased to present a reception Saturday night, May 11th, from 8:00-10:00pm for US poet laureate Natasha Trethewey, and distinguished award- winning poets, Tracy K. Smith, Major Jackson, Tisa Bryant, John Keene, Janice Lowe, Thomas Sayers Ellis and Sharan Strange (co-founders), the original…

Earl “the Pearl” Monroe in the house! May 5th

Quincy Me Earl for Website

Learn the whys, wherefores, how comes, and other inside information about the life of Earl “the Pearl” Monroe (aka Black Jesus), when legendary basketball star & ex-NY Knickbocker, Earl Monroe talks with his biographer, Quincy Troupe, at the Harlem Arts Salon, Sunday, May 5, from 2:00pm – 6:00pm. You won’t want to miss this! Limited…

Poetry & Jazz Brunch with Golda Solomon: Medicine Woman of Jazz


Come cozy up with us on Sunday, April 7, at 2:30pm, and  listen to the sassy, sensual performance of Golda Solomon reading from her latest book of poetry, The Medicine Woman of Jazz. Golda loves the sounds of words as much as the meanings they convey. A gifted wordsmith with a syncopated soul, she paints…