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Cave Canem at the Brooklyn Museum
October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm| Free
Join us for an evening of poetry and festivity as María Fernanda, Roberto Carlos Garcia and Gabriel Ramirez read work celebrating Latinx Heritage Month and the Brooklyn Museum’s new exhibition, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, which shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983. This presentation is part of the Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays event series. Free and open to the public.
María Fernanda (Chamorro) is a Black Ecuadorian-American poet whose work explores the breaking and making of family, interrupting girlhood, and creating ones’ own, as described by OkayAfrica. María Fernanda’s poems and translations appear in The Wide Shore, Kweli Journal, Plátano Poetry, Pa’lante A La Luz, Luna Luna Magazine, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Callaloo, CantoMundo, and VONA/Voices. She has read her work at Hudson Valley Writers Center, MoMa PS1, Fridman Gallery, and more, including the New York Aquarium.
Roberto Carlos Garcia‘s second poetry collection, black / Maybe, is available from Willow Books. His first collection, Melancolía, is available from Červená Barva Press. His poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in Bettering American Poetry, The Root, Rigorous, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, The New Engagement, Stillwater Review, Gawker, Barrelhouse, The Acentos Review, Lunch Ticket, and many others. He is founder of the cooperative press Get Fresh Books, LLC. A native New Yorker, Roberto holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His website is www.robertocarlosgarcia.com.
Gabriel Ramirez is a Queer Afro-Latinx poet, activist, teaching artist and a youth mentor at Urban Word NYC. He has received fellowships from The Conversation Literary Arts Festival, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, The Watering Hole, and Callaloo. Gabriel has performed on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, United Nations, Lincoln Center, Apollo Theater and elsewhere, and has been featured in Huffington Post, VIBE Magazine, Blavity, Upworthy, and Remezcla, among others. You can find his work on Youtube, and in publications such as The Volta, Winter Tangerine, Blueshift Journal, and the anthologies ¡MANTECA!: an Anthology of Afro-Latino Poetry (Arte Público Press 2017), and Bettering American Poetry Anthology (Bettering Books 2017).