Monday, August 3, 2009

More, More, More

Wheelhouse has out a their Summer/Autumn issue here

Wheelhouse has free e-chaps here

& a new anthology entitled Press

Cate Peebles is this week's No Teller
Hi all, please join us and also spread the word about this year’s Lit fest in Fort Greene Park--- this year the featured readers are all Fort Greene residents. A link to a beautiful printable flyer follows, and if anyone wants postcards or a poster to put up, let me know.
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Colson Whitehead + Touré + Nelson George at the Fifth Annual Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival!
Saturday, August 22nd
3 PM
Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn (at the monument)
Featuring Fort Greene’s own: Colson Whitehead, Touré and Nelson George!

We are proud to announce the return of our popular Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival. The 5th annual free outdoor reading will be held on August 22nd at 3:00 PM. This year features young writers, ages seven to seventeen reading alongside Fort Greene residents Colson Whitehead, Touré, and Nelson George. This exciting event brings several generations of writers together to build on the rich literary traditions of the neighborhoods surrounding beautiful Fort Greene Park.

The Festival celebrates the end of a free summer-long series of creative writing workshops for youth held in the historic Fort Greene Park. The event is free and will take place at the monument in Fort Greene Park. Come join us for a fun day of music and poetry in the park!

The Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival is presented by NY Writers Coalition,Akashic Books, GTHQ and the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, with additional support from the Walt Whitman Project. Laurie Cumbo, Founder and Executive Director of MoCADA, returns as MC for the third time.

Sponsors include State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Time Warner, the Hot Topic Foundation, Independence Community Foundation, the Valentine Perry Snyder Fund, and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.

Colson Whitehead is the author of the novels The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, andApex Hides the Hurt. He has also written a book of essays about his home town, The Colossus of New York, and is a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a MacArthur Fellowship. His new novel, Sag Harbor, was published this spring. Whitehead’s reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, such as the New York Times, The New Yorker,Harper’s and Granta.

One of America’s leading young African-American journalists and critics, Touré is the author of three books: the novel Soul City, a collection of short stories The Promised Landand Never Drank the Kool-Aid, a collection of his work for magazines including The New Yorker and Rolling Stone, where he has served as a contributing editor for the past decade. In addition to his new TV role with TREASURE HD’s I’LL TRY ANYTHING ONCE, Touré is the host of BET’s “The Black Carpet” and regularly appears as a pop culture expert on NBC’s “TODAY.” He has also served as CNN’s first pop culture correspondent and has made appearances on “Dateline NBC,” CNN’s “American Morning,” “Anderson Cooper 360°” and “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Nelson George is an author, filmmaker, television producer, and critic with a long career in analyzing and presenting the diverse elements of African-American culture. Throughout the ’80s and ’90s George was an columnist for Billboard magazine and the Village Voice newspaper, work that led him to write a series of award winning black music histories: Where Did Our Love Go: The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound; The Death of Rhythm & Blues; and Hip Hop America. George co-wrote Life and Def, the autobiography of his old friend Russell Simmons. He’s also had a career writing fiction, including the bestselling One Woman Short, and the story, It’s Never Too Late in New York, which has been in several anthologies. His 2009 memoir, City Kid, is a look at the connections between childhood in Brooklyn and his adult career in Manhattan, Los Angeles and Detroit.

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