Summer Literary Festival

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Killer stoop sales, the Brooklyn Flea, and the saucy return of Habana Outpost are just a few Fort Greene staples in summertime. But when it comes to a community tradition in this ever-changing neighborhood that readers and writers from all generations flock to, there’s very little that matches the power of NY Writers Coalition’s Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival — and this year we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary!

Young writers from the NYWC summer youth workshops in Fort Greene Park will share their powerful poetry and prose alongside some of the city’s most beloved writers: Five Quarterly co-founder Vanessa Gabb; Lit Fest vets Danny Simmons and Sapphire; BlackGirl Mansion author Angel Nafis; and prize-winning poet and children’s author Willie Perdomo. Our Master of Ceremonies is music journalist and WFMU deejay Gaylord Fields.

This event is free and open to the public and takes place at Fort Greene Park’s Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument on Saturday, August 23 at 2:00 p.m. (Rain Venue: BRIC Media House Ballroom at 647 Fulton Street). An after party will follow at 4:30 p.m. at the Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton Street). Come meet the writers – and invite your friends!

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The 10th Anniversary Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival is presented by NY Writers Coalition, Akashic Books, Greenlight Bookstore and the Fort Greene Park ConservancyThis program is made possible with support from Amazon.com, Bay and Paul Foundations, Kalliopeia Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Pinkerton Foundation, Tiger Baron Foundation, Sonya Staff Foundation, and public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).​ Plus, many thanks to this year’s media partners: Apogee JournalFive Quarterly, The Indypendent, the Museum for Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), Mosaic Literary Magazine, The Writers Foundry at St. Joseph’s College, and Zora Magazine.

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