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Cave Canem at the Brooklyn Book Festival

September 18, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Hear from Cave Canem poets at the 2016 Brooklyn Book Festival, Sunday, September 18 in downtown Brooklyn. All events are free. Ticketing not required.



New Works: A Poetry Reading

Main Stage, Columbus Park, 12 pm

Poets Camille Rankine (Incorrect Merciful Impulses), Ocean Vuong (Night Sky with Exit Wounds), Monica Youn (Blackacre), and Rickey Laurentiis (Boy With Thorn) will read from their recently published volumes of poetry. Introduced by Ricardo Maldonado of 92nd Street Y.

Poets Laureate Past and Present Reading

Brooklyn Historical Society Library, 128 Pierrepont St., 1 pm

Tina Chang (Brooklyn Poet Laureate), Paolo Javier (former Queens Poet Laureate) and Yusef Komunyakaa (New York State Poet Laureate) read from their work. Introduced by Alice Quinn of the Poetry Society of America.

Risky Business

North Stage, Cadman Plaza East, 2 pm

Poets Beth Bachmann (Do Not Rise), Reginald Dwayne Betts (Bastards of the Reagan Era), Cynthia Cruz (How the End Begins), and Patrick Rosal (Brooklyn Antediluvian) discuss what’s at stake in their work, and what it means to give the personal a public life on the page. Moderated by Mary Gannon of the Academy of American Poets.

Truth to Form

St. Francis College Auditorium, 180 Remsen St., 4 pm

Poets Tyehimba Jess (Olio), Martha Collins (Admit One: An American Scrapbook), and Solmaz Sharif (Look) share insight into the creative process behind poetic works that rely on research, reportage, and repurposed text, and explore what’s possible when poetry comes into conversation with real life. Moderated by Hafizah Geter of Cave Canem Foundation.


September 18, 2016
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Brooklyn Borough Hall and surrounding venues
209 Joralemon St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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