Fort Greene Store:
Thursday, September 5, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Carlos Andres Gomez presents Hijito
Hosted by Angel Nafis
With special guests Patricia Smith, Mahogany L. Browne, and Jive Poetic
Reception to follow
In Hijito—selected by Eduardo C. Corral as winner of the 2018 Broken River Prize—Carlos Andrés Gómez, prize-winning poet and author of the memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood, writes of brutality and beauty with the same urgency and with a truth that burns readily. As a vital and tender exploration and deconstruction of contemporary society, his poetry engages with America’s ever-changing landscape and the ways in which race, gender, and violence coalesce. Called “powerful, truthful, and sublime” by Cornel West, Gómez’s words are a necessary paean to hope and courage in the modern world. Angel Nafis, founder and curator of the Greenlight Poetry Salon and author of the collection BlackGirl Mansion, joins Gómez to celebrate the book’s launch. Gomez is also joined by special guests Patricia Smith, author of the collection Incendiary Art; Mahogany L. Browne, author of Black Girl Magic and Woke Baby; and award-winning poet and educator, Jive Poetic!