Poets Honor the African-American Literary Tradition as Part of Black Artstory Month

Work by the artist Steven Mosley. Photo via Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership


All month long, you can celebrate the rich tradition of African-American art in Brooklyn.

As part of the sixth annual Black Artstory Month — a series of exhibitions and walks that introduce visitors to the work of 10 artists along Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill — a number of local poets will honor the tradition of past writers with “Literary Heroes,” a free event on February 9.

Keisha Gaye Anderson, Sokunthary Svay, Randall Horton. Courtesy of Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership

Keisha Gaye Anderson, Sokunthary Svay, Randall Horton. Photos via Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership

Roberto Carlos Garcia, Keisha Gaye Anderson, Sokunthary Svay and Randall Horton will read pieces by poets whose work inspires them and share their own work.

This year’s series of events has the title SANKOFA: GO BACK AND GET IT, chosen by the artist Ramona Candy. “Sankofa is an opportunity to go back and fetch that which makes us ‘us’ and brought us to where we stand today,” she said in a press release. “Honor our past, celebrate our history, teach each other, about those on whose shoulders we now stand.”

Other events later in the month include visual artists and dancers.

The poetry evening takes place on Friday, February 9 at 7 pm, at Leisure Life NYC at 559 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill. For more information, click here.

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