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ringShout returns for a 4th year to the Brooklyn Book Festival!

This year’s lineup includes readings from Sheri Booker (Nine Years Under ); Rachel Kaaszi Ghansah (reading from her work-in-progress); and Kiese Laymon (Long Division).

Franklink Park is located at

618 St. John’s Place (bet Franklin & Classon)


Sheri J. Booker is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, photographer, and teacher. She is the author of the poetry book, One Woman, One Hustle (Book Her 2003) and vook I am the Poem (Vook 2011).  She is currently writing a memoir, Nine Years Under (Gotham 2013), based on her nine-year experience in the funeral business. She has traveled the U.S. reciting and performing her poetry.

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah is an essayist and critic whose writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Observer, Bookforum, Transition, Rolling Stone, and The Best Music Writing of 2012. She has taught at Columbia University, Bard College, and Eugene Lang College.

Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA from Indiana University and is the author of the forthcoming novel, Long Division in June 2013 and a collection of essays,  How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America in August 2013. Laymon is a contributing editor at gawker.com. He has written essays and stories for numerous publications including Esquire, ESPN.com, NPR, Gawker, Truthout.com, Longman’s Hip Hop Reader, Mythium and Politics and Culture. Laymon is currently an Associate Professor of English, Creative Writing and co-director of Africana Studies at Vassar College.

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