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Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival

NY Writers Coalition Inc.

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Aug 18, 2012
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August 14, 2012

8th Annual Fort Green Park Summer Literary Festival August 18, 2012 @ 3 PM in (where else but...) Fort Greene Park! Free! Join acclaimed writers Jessica Hagedorn, Tayari Jones, and Earl Lovelace as they read alongside talented writers aged seven to eighteen from NYWC's Fort Green Park Summer Workshops. Drawing on the rich and diverse literary history of Fort Greene Park and its surrounding neighborhoods, The Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival provides a means for self-expression and creativity for area young people, and aims to build community through art and literature. The young writers come from all over New York City, but specific outreach is made to economically disadvantaged communities. Often young people return to the workshops for many years. Each year for the past eight years, the Lit Fest has presented well-known, established writers alongside young writers from the six week summer workshop. Past readers include Amiri Baraka, Jennifer Egan, Jhumpa Lahiri, Rick Moody, Gloria Naylor, Sapphire, Sonia Sanchez, Colson Whitehead and many others. The Lit Fest honors the power of the written word to build inclusiveness and give voice to the thoughts and experiences of everyone, not just the privileged and powerful.

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