Brooklyn Historical Auditorium, 128 Pierrepont St, 12 p.m.
Eve L. Ewing, Terrance Hayes, Lynn Melnick, and Raquel Salas Rivera read their own poems and discuss how literature and activism intersect. Moderated by Camille Rankine, The New School, Creative Writing Program.
Center Stage (Columbus Park), 4 p.m.
Grady Chambers, Patricia Smith, and Jenny Xie will read from their recently published volumes of poetry. Moderated by Ricardo Maldonado, Unterberg Poetry Center, Managing Director.
St. Francis College Founder’s Hall, 180 Remsen St, 5 p.m.
Fatimah Asghar, Mahogany L. Browne, Chen Chen, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil share work that meditates on ideas of joy, gratitude and magic. Moderated by Nikay Paredes, Academy of American Poets, Programs Coordinator.
About the Brooklyn Book Festival
The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.
About the Academy of American Poets
The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. The organization produces Poets.org, the world’s largest publicly funded website for poets and poetry; originated and organizes National Poetry Month; publishes the popular Poem-a-Day
series and American Poets
magazine; creates and distributes Teach This Poem
and other award-winning resources for K-12 educators; hosts an annual series of poetry readings and special events
; and awards the American Poets Prizes
. In addition, the Academy of American Poets coordinates a national Poetry Coalition
working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the li ves of people of all ages and backgrounds.