CADMAN PLAZA — New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will host “Poetry on the Plaza,” an evening of poetry featuring Willie Perdomo, City Tech Peace Officer David Edwards, aka Poetic Justice, and City Tech students, faculty and alumni, on Thursday, Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m., in Cadman Plaza Park. A Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event, “Poetry on the Plaza” is free and open to all.
“Poetry on the Plaza places City Tech’s talented students solidly within the arts community in Brooklyn,” says English Professor Caroline Hellman, who is organizing the event. “We’re thrilled to partner with spoken word poet Willie Perdomo, and to be a part of the Brooklyn Book Festival, which takes place right outside our campus.
“Our students know that they are not only part of a collegiate community, but also part of the larger communities of The City University of New York and of New York City,” she adds. “This public event at the site of Brooklyn’s war memorial is a wonderful way for all of these demographics to come together in a celebration of the arts.”
Willie Perdomo is the author Where a Nickel Costs a Dime and Smoking Lovely, which received a PEN America Beyond Margins Award. He has also been published in The New York Times Magazine, Bomb, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood and Centro Journal. His children’s book, Visiting Langston, received a Coretta Scott King Honor. He is a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, an Urban Artists Initiative/NYC grant recipient and was recently a Woolrich Fellow in Creative Writing at Columbia University. He is currently an artist-in-residence at Workspace, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He is co-founder/publisher of Cypher Books.
David Edwards, peace officer at City Tech, is Poetic Justice. Born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Edwards combines his love of life, pursuit of justice, and profound knowledge of African and African-American history in his poetry. “Poetic Justice represents the extraordinary talent emanating from students, faculty and staff alike that is sometimes rendered invisible at a college of our size. David Edwards protects our campus during the day and regales us with poetry in the evening,” notes Hellman.
Among the students who will perform is AceDaGod, aka Anthony Clark, who has transformed his poetry into music that speaks of his Brooklyn roots and the struggle to be an artist in a material world. Spoken word artist Honest Abe, aka Abraham Benjamin, a City Tech alumnus whose works include “Ode to the Poet” and “Brooklyn’s Lost Son,” is on the bill, as well as City Tech Professors George Guida and Monique Ferrell.