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Franklin Park Reading Series

February 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

| Free

In February, the Franklin Park Reading Series presents a night of socially engaged fiction and poetry, featuring N.K. Jemisin, who in 2016 became the first black author to win the prestigious Hugo Award for science fiction and fantasy writing. She’ll be joined by acclaimed novelists Kaitlyn Greenridge, Marcy Dermansky, and Jonathan Lee and thought-provoking poet Tony Iantosca. The authors address the urgent themes of racial injustice, oppression, income inequality, and self-determination in their groundbreaking work.

N. K. JEMISIN is an author of speculative fiction who lives and writes in Brooklyn. In 2016, she won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for The Fifth Season, which was also a New York Times Notable Book. She previously won the Locus Award for her first novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and her short fiction and novels have been nominated multiple times for Hugo, World Fantasy, and Nebula awards and shortlisted for the Crawford and the James Tiptree, Jr. awards. She is a science fiction and fantasy reviewer for the New York Times, and you can find her online at nkjemisin.com.

KAITLYN GREENIDGE is the author of the debut novel We Love You, Charlie Freeman. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Elle.com, Buzzfeed, Transition Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, the Believer, American Short Fiction, and other places. She is a contributing writer for LENNY Letter. She received her MFA from Hunter College. Originally from Boston, Kaitlyn now lives in Brooklyn.

MARCY DERMANSKY is the author of the novels The Red Car, Bad Marie, and Twins. Bad Marie was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and Twins was a New York Times Editors’ Choice pick. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Salon, Guernica, the Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She lives in New Jersey with her daughter.

JONATHAN LEE is a British fiction writer living in Brooklyn and a senior editor at Catapult. His latest novel is High Dive, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, an IndieBound bestseller, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Published in the US by Knopf, it has been translated into over a dozen languages. High Dive was named a best book of 2016 by publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, Electric Literature, Lit Hub, the Center for Fiction, the Guardian, the Observer, and the Sunday Independent.

TONY IANTOSCA is the author of the poetry collections Shut Up, Leaves (United Artists Books) and Naked Forest Spaces (Third Floor Apartment Press) and the chapbook Team Burnout (Overpass Books). He is a graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at Long Island University, and his poetry has appeared in Lungfull, 6×6, Poems by Sunday, Talisman, Brooklyn Paramount, and elsewhere. He teaches at Long Island University and the Borough of Manhattan Community College.


February 13
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Franklin Park
618 St. John's Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States


Penina Roth