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The Words of Wonder Literary Festival was a celebration of

books-to-be-written and books-to-be-read.

Everyone gathered on July 30th for a literary festival on the South Side of Chicago

designed with young readers and writers of all ages in mind!

We had interactive literacy and art programming, opportunities for youth and families to connect with community resources, animated storytelling by Black authors and illustrators, a diverse group of book vendors and installations for all ages,

story-based dance, interactive writing workshops, Indigenous and African styled drumming, a wide range of live music, healthy food choices and snacks, giveaways and much more!!

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Inspiring the next generation of readers

What Attendees Had to Say About The Festival

I was happy to attend the WOW Literary Festival because I know I just witnessed something special! I'm already looking forward to next year and I know it will grow exponentially because people will want to go and experience this for themselves, their families, and their organizations!

- Jessica Smith

The inaugural WOW Lit Fest 2022 was a gathering of some of the most intentional organizations in youth education, advocacy and community advancement. It was an honor to be invited to be in that room and serve youth alongside everyone.

- Cydney Edwards

The W.O.W. Literary Festival and its venue was steeped in Black excellence along with meaningful exchanges between literary organizations from across our city. Our Southside communities need these kind of events as staples in our community. Keep it up and see you next year!

- Jami Rhue

I absolutely loved everything about the event and so happy to be a part of it. I was amazed at the amount of resources, performers and services that were provided. I also love that this was on the south side with highlights from Black Excellence in every spectrum. Thank you for having us and would love to work together again in the future.

- Bria Jackson

This Literary Festival made books come alive for children. The excitement was palpable. Children and families had a lovely time meeting authors and other reading enthusiasts.

- Attendee

Burst into Books

is very inspiring!

- Camesia Perry

Great family event!

First time vendor but I have it already marked on my calendar

for next year.

- Attendee

This festival is a true celebration of the importance of books. A place for people of all ages who appreciate that making great literature accessible for young people can change the world.

- Emily M. Hooper Lansana

The WOW Literary Festival was a great experience, both as a vendor and as a participant. There were so many activities and so many interesting people to speak with.

- Attendee

The LITerary Fest organized by Burst Into Books was a phenomenal celebration highlighting literary culture and togetherness. It was well executed and we were thrilled to be a part.

- Chrislin Flanagan

 Jacqueline Woodson!

Our 2022 Author Headliner is 

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W.O.W Lit Fest


Main Stage Performances:

11 am to 12 pm


DJ Ca$h Era

3 pm to 3:30 pm


DJ Ca$h Era

12 pm to 12:30 pm



4 pm to 4:30 pm



12:30 pm to 2 pm


PEP Rally Takeover

4:30 pm to 5 pm


DJ Ca$h Era

2 pm to 3 pm


Jacqueline Woodson & E.B. Lewis

Main Floor Performances:

1 pm to 1:30 pm

Tumbling Performance 👉🏾 Jesse White Tumbling Team

3:30 pm to 4 pm

Dance Performance 👉🏾 Ultimate Threat Dance Organization

Image by Adam Whitlock

Meet the Performers


Jesse White

Tumbling Team