City Life Org – Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival 2022

us out

September 9 – 11, 2022

4th Annual Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival, We Outside! Brings together leading Caribbean storytellers at Little Caribbean, Brooklyn NY September 9-11, 2022

The Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival is pleased to have legendary literary talents like Adrian Augier, Urayoan Noel, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa and Cheryl Boyce-Taylor this year.

As a showcase for Caribbean literature in the diaspora, the organization, itself made up of Caribbean expatriates, welcomes the opportunity to create a platform where lovers of Caribbean literature can revel in the language, culture, rhythm of wealth and diversity. Caribbean storytelling tradition. Rightly, the ‘us out!’ The theme captures the joyous sense of reunion felt by the whole world after a prolonged and difficult lockdown. As a declaration, an invitation and a direction, ‘We out!’ is a quintessentially Caribbean phrase and invites avid readers to come together for three days at various iconic Brooklyn locations to celebrate Caribbean writers whose work continues to point the way forward during the most uncertain times.

One of the main attractions of this year’s festival is the launch of King of Soca – a biography of sorts of Machel Montano, written by his mother Elizabeth ‘Lady’ Montano on September 9, when the festival kicked off. Machel is unquestionably the finest and most prolific artist of soca – a musical genre born in his native Trinidad and Tobago – the release of this book is part of the celebration of his remarkable 40-year tenure in the music industry in 2022.

Caribbean-owned businesses like The Rogers Garden have also been added to the organization’s roster of programming partners, which includes Brooklyn heavyweights like The Center for Fiction and the Downtown Brooklyn Merchants Association. These partnerships provide attractive, comfortable and accessible spaces for its events, made possible by generous contributions from other sponsors, including Akashic Press and Poets and Writers Org.

The Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival will also announce the winners of its annual short story competition in the Caribbean-American and Caribbean Writers categories on September 2. This year’s competition was judged by the Jamaican editor/publisher Tanya Batson-Savage, Ayesha Gibson-Gill Barbados-based Storyshyft (Regional Award) and NYU Professor/Writer Ifeona Fulani from Jamaica and Katia D. Ulysee, award-winning Haitian-American writer (diaspora). The competition awards two prizes on behalf of the Trinidadian-American writing giant and scholar, Dr. Elizabeth Nunez.

Other guests include Katia D. Ulysses, Francois Cherese and Amanda Choo Quan. For final festival details and schedule of events, please visit the BCLF website at www.bklyncbeanlitfest.com.

About BCLF

The Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival (BCLF) celebrates Caribbean literature and the history of storytelling in the region. It is a showcase of culture expressed through the pen of the storyteller and the voice of the poet. BCLF is keen to explore the richness of Caribbean culture and its centuries-old tradition of storytelling, in hopes of empowering and motivating the hidden storyteller of Caribbean descent to find the courage to tell their own story and write from of the unique the prism of this heritage. Our vision is to create a platform for community ownership of Caribbean oral and written histories. Thus, the BCLF is a tool for cross-cultural understanding (which can only strengthen a diverse society like NYC). We celebrate our differences and work to lift the Caribbean out of the shadow of exclusion to show the power of a collective platform to elevate our stories.

The cornerstone of the BCLF is an annual showcase of emerging and existing writers of Caribbean heritage for this purpose.

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