LitFest Featured Readers

Our 2016 LitFest Featured Readers

Our young readers alongside our 2010 LitFest Featured Readers

Our 2009 LitFest Featured Readers

Since it launched in 2005, NYWC and our partners (currently Akashic Books and Greenlight Bookstore) have presented the Fort Greene Summer Literary Festival each year. The young writers from our annual Fort Greene Park Summer Youth Program read poetry & prose written throughout the summer alongside a number of well-known, established, award winning and critically acclaimed writers. Since 2005 we have had over 45 different writers hit the mic to share their work.

Here is a list of all of our featured writers:

2005

Amiri Baraka / Carl Hancock Rux / Marlon James / Sonia Sanchez

2006

Jhumpa Lahiri / Jacqueline Johnson / Dr. Lorenzo Pace / Sapphire

2007

Chris Abani / Roger Bonair-Agard / Staceyann Chin / Jennifer Egan / Gloria Naylor

2008

Amiri Baraka / Louis Reyes Rivera / Hal Sirowitz / Quincy Troupe

2009

Staceyann Chin / Touré / Colson Whitehead

 

2010

Cheryl Boyce-Taylor / Kwame Dawes / Carl Hancock Rux / Gregory Pardlo / Willie Perdomo / Patricia Smith

2011

Bryonn Bain / R. Erica Doyle / Bernice L. McFadden / Rick Moody / Jon Sands

2012

Jessica Hagedorn / Tayari Jones / Earl Lovelace

2013

Chris Adrian / Angel Nafis / Timothy Small / Jackson Taylor

2014

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb / Angel Nafis / Willie Perdomo / Sapphire / Danny Simmons / Gaylord Fields

2015

Mahogany L. Browne / Morgan Parker / Tiphanie Yanique

2016

Nicole Dennis-Benn / Kaitlyn Greenidge / Yaa Gyasi

2018

Jon Sands / Samantha Thornhill / Phillip B. Williams