Le Mot Noir

Weekly meetings are held in the the art gallery so that attendees are surrounded by the works of local Black artists, with the gatherings designed as a stream-of-consciousness writing and sharing session.

Writers are also welcome to bring pieces that they are working on to share. Topics are usually based on what is emerging in our communities or in the lives of a participant. Sometimes, we play music or listen to quotes for inspiration, or we talk and then respond with our pens.

All writers of color, regardless of experience, are welcome at Le Mot Noir. Those interested in participating should email noircollectiveavl@gmail.com. The schedule changes according to group availability, and members’ goals range from being published to staging live performances, while others, in ravenel’s words, “write to write.”