Brooklyn Book Festival 2021
The Brooklyn Book Festival is New York City’s largest free literary festival and connects readers with local, national and international authors and publishers during the course of a celebratory literary week.
The Festival presents original programming and enthusiastically welcomes New York City’s cross cultural book readers as well as national and international attendees. The Festival is known for fostering creative dialogue among the authors, presenting new literary voices as well as established authors, and for serving the literary community by providing a highly visible platform for the work of authors and publishers.
Alice Austen House Museum presents:
Often called the forgotten borough, you will not forget about these amazing poets. Staten Island is known for its trash, that is why we have so many poets, to help clean it all up with the spoken word. Join us for an hour of poetry from these amazing poets who will make you remember.
Kofi Antwi is an African American writer, author, and editor. Kofi currently serves as an assistant editor of Black Arts Movement Reader. Kattywompus Press published Kofi’s debut chapbook Tidal Wave. The poem Vintage was nominated for Best Poem on The Web. Kofi’s writing was featured in Staten Island Arts Know Me Exhibition, an exploration into one’s identity through the lens of creative arts. Kofi’s writing has been published by Great Weather For Media, No, Dear, Rigorous, and various literary magazines and journals.
Ellen T Dotts is a poet and fiction writer based on Staten Island, NY by way of Liberia, West Africa. Ellen is the curator of Shortbread and Gravy, presents, “Writer’s Block”. She also served as the coordinator and host of the 2019 season of “The Edgewater Reading Series”. To quote her favorite poet, Nikki Giovanni, “We write because we believe the human spirit can not be tamed and should not be trained.” Her poetry is her civil protest.
Najah Abdul-Qawiyy: I am a poet for 15 plus years, I love using my writing to try to chain the demons of my mind to the paper in my journals. I get inspirations from my experiences, others experiences and at times they are random. I love to be creative in other ways through painting and drawing. I am also a big geek and enjoy cosplaying so that also inspires me to put more geek content out there.
Thomas Fucaloro: The winner of a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Thomas Fucaloro has been on six national slam teams. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School and is a co-founding editor of Great Weather for Media and NYSAI press. He is an adjunct professor at Wagner College and BMCC where he teaches world lit and advanced creative writing. Thomas has released 2 full lengths: It Starts From the Belly and Blooms and Inheriting Craziness is a Soft Halo of Light by Three Rooms Press. He also has 3 chapbooks: Mistakes Disguised as Stars (Tired Hearts Press), Depression Cupcakes (Yes, Poetry) and There is Always Tomorrow (Mad Gleam Press).
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