Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival

Saturday, August 21st at 3 p.m.!

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We are proud to announce the return of our popular Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival. Six weeks of outdoor creative writing workshops for young people (ages 7 to 17) will culminate in our 6th annual free outdoor reading. This literary festival will feature NYWC’s young writers from the workshops reading alongside six poets who have appeared at the Calabash International Literary Festival and in the anthology So Much Things to Say: Kwame Dawes, Gregory Pardlo, Willie Perdomo, Carl Hancock Rux, Patricia Smith, and Cheryl Boyce Taylor. This exciting event brings several generations of writers together to build on the rich literary traditions of the neighborhoods surrounding the beautiful Fort Greene Park.

The event will take place at the monument in Fort Greene Park.  

Mission Statement: Drawing upon the rich and diverse literary history of Fort Greene Park and its surrounding neighborhoods, The Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival provides a means for self-expression and creativity for area young people, and builds community through arts and literature.  The Lit Fest consists of a six-week series of free Saturday creative writing workshops for young people and an end-of-summer reading featuring literary icons reading alongside our young writers.  The Lit Fest honors the power of the written word to build inclusiveness and give voice to the thoughts and experiences of everyone, not just the privileged and powerful.

The Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival is presented by NY Writers Coalition, Akashic Books, GTHQ, and the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, with additional support from Greenlight Bookstore and The Walt Whitman Project.

Sponsors include Amazon.com, the National Endowment for the Arts, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, City Council Member Letitia James, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Poets & Writers, Inc. through public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.

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New York Writers Coalition: Summer Youth Program from Alex Santos on Vimeo.

New York Writers Coalition Summer Youth Program from Alex Santos on Vimeo.

New York Writers Coalition Summer Youth Program from The Fort Greene Local on Vimeo.

Read writing by NYWC’s young Lit Fest writers featured on The NY Times website!

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