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August 4, 7 pm
Word for Word Poetry: JP Howard, Brian Gilmore and Angel Nafis

Ross Gay

Spend an evening in the park enjoying the poetry of three Cave Canem fellows. Jewelle Gomez calls JP Howard’s debut, SAY/MIRROR, “a raw reminder of the experience of motherhood and daughterhood…”  Brian Gilmore, a Pushcart Prize nominee and Kimbilio fellow, is the author of two collections, most recently Jungle Nights and Soda Fountain Rags: A Poem for Duke Ellington.  The poems in Angel Nafis’s BlackGirl Mansion have been praised by Rachel Eliza Griffiths for “undoing gravity with their shine and holler.” Free and open to the public.

Bryant Park Reading Room
1065 Avenue of the Americas (plein air)
New York, NY 10018

In case of rain, this event will be held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.


August 18, 12:30-1:30 pm
Lunchtime Poems in Military Park with Cortney Lamar Charleston, Joel Dias-Porter & Naomi Extra

Take a break from your workday with a lunchtime reading showcasing New Jersey-based Cave Canem fellows Cortney Lamar Charleston, Joel Dias-Porter and Naomi Extra. Charleston is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Crab Orchard Review and Kweli Journal. Dias-Porter (aka DJ Renegade) has performed on The Today Show, the documentary SlamNation, and in the feature film Slam. Extra is a poet and essayist whose writings have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Weird Sister and Bitch Magazine. Free and open to the public. Newark’s Summer Reading Series, also featuring CantoMundo and Kundiman poets, is co-sponsored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and the Military Park Partnership.

Military Park
920 Broad St.
Newark, NJ 07102

Rain venue: New Jersey Historical Society at 52 Park Place.