We deserve communtiy spaces to uplift art and culture that explores our multifaceted experiences and voices. 


And Other Stories:

Exploring Food & Sensuality in Literature

December 1-3, 2023


 Since 2020, The Sanctuary In The City has offered And Other Stories, a free online bi-weekly book club that centers writers of the African diaspora. This community space is held down by the brilliant, beautiful being known as Jasiatic Usher


We excitedly invite you to join us for And Other Stories: Exploring Food & Sensuality in Literature. This offering is a literary festival centering the stories of the African Diaspora, presented by The Sanctuary In The City. This hybrid event will include virtual offerings to connect Black people to celebrate, interrogate, and bask in the beauty of Black literary and cultural magic.  The festival will also conclude with an in-person, plant-based multi-course meal in Charlotte, NC, better known as Liberation Dinner, planned and prepared by the festival host and plant-based chef, Jasiatic Usher, and special guest author Junauda Petris. 


The virtual portion of his festival is free to our community! Recordings of the offerings will not be available to respect privacy. 

The concluding Liberation Dinner, hosted at Archive CLT in Charlotte NC, will offer limited ticketing for 30 guests on a sliding scale. This dinner is a fundraiser to support the continued facilitation of this space and spaces like this.  

Meet Your Host:


Jasiatic resides at the cultural and philosophical crossroads of world travel, radical taste-making, “artist as art”, and avid unschooling. She is the creator of the Liberation Dinners and co-creator of Bloom a womxn centric plant-based gathering. Her creative works extend over various mediums, including but not limited to, creative portraiture, documentary photography, event curation, cooking, and writing.

Who's Holding Down The Space?

Festival Schedule: 

This hybrid event begins Friday, December 2, 2023 and  concludes on Sunday, December 4, 2023. In person events are marked. In person events are located at Archive CLT in Charlotte, NC. 

 THIS FESTIVAL IS FREE. The Liberation Dinner is a ticked event with limited sliding scale tickets

This is a Black Autonomous Space. The space is Black Led for Black people ONLY.

To support this healing work as a non-Black person consider sharing it with Black people you know, donating towards our work, and encouraging others to financially support our  work. 

Friday December 1: 

6 pm- Opening, Grounding & Gratitude with The Sanctuary in the City

7 pm- Travel, food, memory, and storytelling w “The Womanist Cook” Eboni Bugg

830 pm- Introduction and opening with  Jasiatic Usher

9 pm- Closing

Saturday December 2: 

10 am- Breathing into BEing with Kelley Palmer 

1030 am- Offering with Jasiatic 

11 am- Reading from Sassafras, Cypress and Indigo/ writing prompt w Ashley Danielle of Sistories Mag

1230 pm- Workshop offering with Alexander Jane (curator and writer)

2 pm-  Francesca E. author of “Pig Honey Butter Bread” reading and discussion w Jasiatic

4 pm- [ IN PERSON ] In conversation: author Junauda Petrus and Jasiatic Anderson (Archive Clt)

Sunday December 3: 

10 am- Meditation and prompt with Tiya Caniel (SIC)

11 am- Author offering: Astrology and Creative Writing class with Junauda Petrus

6 pm- [ IN-PERSON ] Liberation Dinner

- Collaboratively curated and prepared by Jasiatic and Junauda at Archive CLT


What is Liberation Dinner?

 Liberation Dinner is an intimate, plant-based, multi-course meal experience in community.  The brainchild of plant-based chef Jasiatic Usher, this offering brings flavors, recipes and culture from across the diaspora to your plate. 

This special edition of this ongoing monthly offering, will be the final event of our Festival, with author and special guest, Junauda Petris collaborating with Jastiaic to bring a meal that will be a celebration of the brilliance, beauty, and power of Black food, Black people, Black culture, and Black literature!

We extend immense gratitude to Archive CLT for hosting this event. 

 Entry to this event is being granted via sliding-scale donations of $100, $175 and $225. It is our intention to share this delicious meal in ways that sustainable for all. Your donation will make it possible for spaces like this to continue. 


This offering is made possible by: