Aracelis Girmay & Patrick Rosal

Thursday, May 12, 8:00 PM
Joint Book Launch:
Aracelis Girmay presents The Black Maria
Patrick Rosal presents Brooklyn Antediluvian
Hosted by Angel Nafis
Wine reception to follow

Please note: this event begins at 8:00 instead of our usual 7:30. Greenlight celebrates the launch of two exciting new collections from young Brooklyn poets! The recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award for Poetry, Aracelis Girmay elegizes and celebrates life in her new collection The Black Maria, while wrestling with the notion of seeing beyond: seeing violence, seeing grace, and seeing each other better. Taking its name from the moon’s dark plains, misidentified as seas by early astronomers, The Black Maria investigates African diasporic histories, the consequences of racism within American culture, and the question of human identity. Ignited by the frictions of our American moment, Patrick Rosal brilliant fourth collection Brooklyn Antidiluvian examines race in America and explores the possibilities and limitations of untapped multi-racial histories. Channeling DJ culture, family history, soul music, dance, and Galeanoesque myth-making, Brooklyn Antediluvian appeals to poetry devotees and novices alike, as well as the serious critic of Asian American culture and contemporary literature. Joins us for an evening of powerful poetry followed by a celebratory wine reception.

Event date: 

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 8:00pm

Event address: 

686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
The Black Maria By Aracelis Girmay Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942683025
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: BOA Editions - April 12th, 2016

Brooklyn Antediluvian: Poems By Patrick Rosal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780892554744
Availability: Not In Store / Available To Order (allow for shipping time to bookstore or direct-to-home)
Published: Persea - May 3rd, 2016