Black Ink LitFest Chesapeake celebrates the diversity found in the local literature scene. The Festival brings together local authors, poets, and musicians to share their talents and love of written and spoken words. This year’s festival spotlights authors of urban literature. Meet the authors, listen to live music and poetry while supporting Chesapeake Public Library’s mission to spread literacy throughout the community. The event is free and open to the public.  

Vendors are encouraged to participate in Black Ink LitFest Chesapeake. This event will be held on the grounds adjacent to the Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Library located at 2726 Border Rd., Chesapeake, Virginia on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 11:00AM – 4:00PM. Vendor applications will be confirmed by August 28, 2019.  

Please complete the Vendor Application below. Once the application is approved, you will receive an email with a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) including an event overview, vendor guidelines and vendor responsibilities. A physical copy of the MOA with your original signature must be sent to Angela Gaskins, Library Manager for the Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Library by 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2019.

Vendor Spaces:
Only vendors with permission from library staff will be allowed space at the Library event. Vendors are responsible for operating their tables during the event.
A table and two chairs will be provided (one table per vendor) upon request.
  • Tables are assigned on a first-come first-served basis the day of the event.
  • There are no available outdoor electrical outlets for vendor use.
  • Vendors must provide their own power for the event. If you don’t have a quiet generator or inverter generator, you may be asked to turn off your power during performances.
Vendors are responsible for any materials needed for displaying merchandise.
Handicap parking lanes, doors and walkways must remain accessible to the public.
Set-up time is Saturday, September 28 from 8:00AM – 10:00AM.
Space should be cleared out by 5:00PM on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Merchandise Policies:
Please provide a complete menu of what you want to sell at the event.
Spaces and locations are not guaranteed. Placement is at the discretion of the event programmer.
The Chesapeake Public Library (CPL) will not guarantee sole product service to any vendor.
Food vendors must provide a copy of their Certificate of Insurance, comply with all applicable state and local fire codes and must provide a copy of an approved Chesapeake Fire Inspection Report, and comply with Chesapeake Health Department regulations for food sales.
Vendors are responsible for their own set-up and break-down including trash collection and removal.
Vendors must comply with set-up and break-down times.
Written permission from the artist and/or company owning rights to any art not produced exclusively by the vendor must be available upon request.

If you have any questions please contact Angela Gaskins, Dr. Clarence Cuffee Library Manager

757-410-7040 or 757-410-7036