Louise Meriwether, novelist, essayist, journalist, and activist, published her first and critically acclaimed book, Daddy Was a Number Runner (with an introduction by James Baldwin) in 1970, using autobiographical elements about growing up in Harlem during the Depression in the era after the Harlem Renaissance. She has published short stories as well as biographies for children about historically important African Americans, including Robert Smalls, Daniel Hale Williams, and Rosa Parks. Meriwether taught creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Houston. The excerpt published in this journal is from her newest novel, Iraq Etcetera, a work-in-progress. Limited Seating.


Admission includes a signed copy of Daddy Was A Number Runner or The World According to Fannie Davis.

Events are the Harlem Arts salon are private. We reserve the right to refuse entrance to anyone. 
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Harlem Arts Salon 1925 7th Ave (between 116 & 117 Streets) suite 7L New York NY 10026 (212) 749-7771 Email: harlemartssalon@gmail.com
Events at the Harlem Arts Salon support The Gloster Arts Project, bringing professional artists as teachers and mentors to rural Gloster (Amite County), Mississippi in an arts enrichment program for kids.

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Past Salons

September 23, 2018 @ 2:30 pm. Tardeada of Nuyorican Poetry & Culture with Victor Hernández Cruz, Lydia Cortes, Mariposa Fernàndez, Felipe Luciano, Nancy Mercado, Willie Perdomo, Urayoàn Noel, Edwin Torres, Ed Morales, Moderator.

March 18, 2018 @ 2:00pm In Conversation with John Edgar Wideman with Mitchell S. Jackson as guest moderator.


February 25, 2018 @ 2 PM A very special Sunday afternoon with Hidden Gems: Three Contemporary Artists withWesley Brown, Dwight Carter, and JD Parran


November 19, 2017 Publishers of William “Bill” Demby‘s last finished novel, King Comus, Ishmael Reed and Carla Blank, with special guests James Demby and  Melanie Masterson Sherazi. Hakim Hasan moderator.

September 24, 2017 Passage  Author Khary Lazarre-White, social activist, lawyer, and executive director of Harlem’s youth development organization, Brotherhood/Sister Sol, discusses his debut novel with Hakim Hasan as moderator.

April 30, 2017. Let’s Talk: Prisons Flores ForbesLiza Jessie Peterson, Jamel Shabazz, artist SassaCyprigo with Afrikan Sciences, who stretch and bend rhythms and sounds to end the afternoon on a high note.

April 2, 2017. Poetry is Song. Allison Hedge Coke, accompanied by violinist Laura Ortman, and Cornelius Eady and the Cornelius Eady Trio with Lisa Liu and Charlie Rauh.

March 26, 2017. Margo Jefferson in conversation with Hakim Hasan.


January 29, 2017. Terry McMillan and Kalisha Buckhanon, will talk about their writings, their creative processes and read from their newest novels at 2:30 pm. Hakim Hasan will moderate. Delicious food & wine served.


December 18, 2016 with guitarist/composer Kelvyn Bell celebrating the release of his new St Louis Blu CD and a reading by Greg Tate music and culture and one of the “godfathers of HipHop journalism,” from Flyboy 2, his newest book of essays. Guest moderator: Nicole Fleetwood.

November 6, 2016 @ 2:30pm. With novelist Elizabeth Nunez (Even in Paradise, Akashic 2016) and poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips (Heaven, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016) reading from their newest books.  Hakim Hasan, moderator.


ta-nehisi-coates-nina-subinOctober 16, 2016 @2:30 pm. Ta-Nehisi Coates. A conversation and book signing with the author of The New York Times’ #1 Bestseller, Between the World and Me. Benefits The Gloster Arts Project. Moderated by Randall Pinkston.


May 8AlexanderStephon-lo-res @ 2:30 pm A book party for The Jazz of Physics with author and saxophonist, Stephon Alexander and special guest, Will Calhoun. Includes a copy of the book, musical performance, and food & wine. Benefits The Gloster Arts Projects.


Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 6.15.35 PMMay 13 @ 6:30 pm Black Hollywood Unchained with contributors Ishmael Reed, Houston A. Baker, David Henderson, Jill Nelson, and other guests, including Hollywood producer, Rudy Langlais. Benefits The Gloster Arts Projects


May 26 @ 7:00 pm Remembering Miles: A birthday celebration with Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 2.46.35 PMWallace Roney, Gary Bartz, Adam Holtzman, Tommy LiPuma, Earl “the Pearl” Monroe, and Quincy Troupe. Others. Refreshments, cake and ice cream.  Benefits The Gloster Arts Projects

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