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August 22nd, 2014

Happy 10th Anniversary: Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival This Saturday

This Saturday will be the 10th annual Fort Greene Park Sumer Literary Festival sponsored by the New York Writers Coalition, one of the oldest and most inspiring community writing programs in the United States.

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.

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 Mansionauthor Angel Nafis; and prize-winning poet and children’s author Willie Perdomo. The 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 Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton Street). Come meet the writers – and invite your friends!

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July 13th, 2012

Triple Canopy: Dissolving the Boundary Between the Visual & Literary

 Triple Canopy is a Greenpoint-based online magazine, workspace, and “platform” for editorial and curatorial activities. They work collaboratively with writers, artists, and researchers and try to facilitate projects that “engage the Internet’s specific characteristics as a public forum and as a medium, one with its own evolving practices of reading and viewing, economies of attention, and modes of interaction.”

Phew. That’s a mouthful. But interesting, very interesting. I get email from TC from time to time and I finally decided to take a look. I was very intrigued by the folded poem (see left) by Erica Baum.

On Friday July 20, Triple Canopy and Siglio are presenting an evening with artists/writers, Amaranth Borsuk and Erica Baum,  “who dissolve the boundaries between the visual and the literary, the digital and the analogue, by probing the spaces of the in-between.

Baum is a poet who makes poems by folding the pages of old paperbacks (see picture) and Borsuk has created a epistolary romance that can only be read “in augmented reality.”

This multi-media evening is sure to be interesting and will include performances and a discussion moderated by Triple Canopy editor Dan Visel.

The Details:

155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn, NY

Friday, July 20

Doors 7:00 p.m., performance and discussion 7:30 p.m.

$5 suggested donation

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