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The 215 Festival is a fiscally-sponsored nonprofit under the CultureTrust of Greater Philadelphia. Our entire operating budget comes from tax-deductible donations. Your donation will go towards compensating authors, supporting the festival, and covering operating costs.
Over the past year, our projects include LiteraryPhilly.org, a public calendar of literary events in the greater Philadelphia area, and the Philadelphia Writers Emergency Fund, a mutual aid resource that provided over $17,000 to writers affected by the pandemic.
If you are able, please make a tax-deductible donation to support the festival as we plan for our 20th anniversary.
Founded in 2001, the 215 Festival showcases the vibrant talent of the literary community in Philadelphia. Past events have featured local writers such as poets Ras Mashramani, Lillian Dunn, Warren Longmire, Catie Rosemurgy, Jenn McCreary, Pattie McCarthy, Thomas Devaney, and novelists Asali Solomon, Ken Kalfus, Annie Liontas.
We have also welcomed to the city an array of the nation’s most award-winning and bestselling authors, including Jonathan Lethem, Ben Greenman, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, John Hodgman, J. Robert Lennon, Jon Ronson, Legs McNeil, Harvey Pekar, George Saunders, Sarah Vowell, Zadie Smith, Jeffrey Eugenides, Patti Smith, among many, many others.
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