Meet the Writers

Nicole Dennis Benn_cropped2NICOLE DENNIS-BENN is the author of Here Comes the Sun (W. W. Norton/Liveright), which is listed among best books to read this summer and this year by The New York Times, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and others. Nicole has a MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and has been awarded numerous fellowships. Nicole was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. She lives with her wife in Brooklyn, NY.

Learn more about Nicole at


Kaitlyn Greenidge_croppedKAITLYN GREENIDGE‘s debut novel is We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times,  Buzzfeed, Transition Magazine, and other places. She is a contributing writer for LENNY Letter. She received her MFA from Hunter College. Originally from Boston, Kaitlyn now lives in Brooklyn.

Read the New York Times review of We Love You, Charlie Freeman here.


Yaa Gyasi_resizedYAA GYASI was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she held a Dean’s Graduate Research Fellowship. She lives in Berkeley, CA, and her debut novel is Homegoing (Alfred A. Knopf).

Read NYWC Founder & Executive Director Aaron Zimmermans’s interview with Yaa Gyasi for Teachers & Writers Magazine here.




The 12th Annual Fort Greene Summer Literary Festival is presented by NY Writers Coalition, Akashic Books, and Greenlight Bookstore, with additional support from Con Edison and the office of City Council Member Laurie Cumbo. Space for Lit Fest is generously provided through BRIC’s Stoop Share Program.

NYWC’s Fort Greene Summer Youth Program & Literary Festival is generously supported by Amazon Literary Partnership, Bay and Paul Foundations, Con Edison, City Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Kalliopeia Foundation, the Meringoff Family Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and Tiger Baron Foundation. Lit Fest is funded in part by Poets & Writers through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.