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Our annual literature series goes virtual this Fall featuring 6 evenings curated by local, independent bookstores. Each program will include a reading and Q&A with the authors. Registration required.

Join us online for the first evening of Books Beneath the Bridge on Monday, September 14!

Curated by Books Are Magic of Cobble Hill, this event will feature authors and poets Mark Eisner, Tina Escaja, Idra Novey, and Carlos Aguasaco reading from Resistencia: Poems of Protest and Revolution.

Each program is free and features a reading and Q & A with the authors. Click here to register for this event.

Access the book list and purchase the books for this event here.

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      About Books Beneath the Bridge

      In this moment where social justice is at the fore of our collective consciousness, it is vital more than ever to listen and learn from one another. This year’s Books Beneath the Bridge series will feature presenters reflecting on current events and centering marginalized voices, through the lens of their lived experience as well as their communities’.

      We will feature a range of perspectives and navigate themes of protest poetry, migrant voices, gender-queer perspectives, the richness and resilience of black girl culture, modern-day parenting, and more.

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Carlos Aguasaco, [Bogota 1975], one of the central figures of the new Hispanic American Poetry in the US, is an Associate Professor of Latin American Cultural Studies at the City College of New York (CUNY). He has edited eleven literary anthologies, published six books of poems, a short novel, and an academic study of Latin America’s prime superhero: El Chapulín Colorado. His latest book is The New York City Subway Poems / Poemas del metro de Nueva York (2020).




Co-editor of Resistencia, Mark Eisner has spent most of the past two decades working on projects related to Pablo Neruda. Neruda: The Biography of a Poet was a finalist for the PEN/Bograd Weld Prize for Biography. Eisner also conceived, edited, and was one of the principal translators for City Lights’ The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems. Eisner leads Red Poppy, a literary non-profit focused on Latin American poetry, and is at work on a new book about the revolutionary photographer Tina Modotti.




Co-editor of Resistencia, Tine Escaja is a Spanish American author, digital artist, and Distinguished Professor of Romance Languages and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Vermont. She has published extensively on gender and Latin American and Spanish poetry and technology, and is considered a pioneer in electronic literature. Her collection of poems, Manual Destructivista / Destructivist Manual (2016), translated by Kristin Dykstra, was named a top ten bilingual read by Latino Poetry Review for 2017. Among other recognitions, she won the 2003 the Dulce María Loynaz Poetry Prize for her collection Caída Libre, later translated by Mark Eisner and published by Fomite Press.




Idra Novey is the author of the novel Those Who Knew, a finalist for the 2019 Clark Fiction Prize, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and Best Book of the Year with over a dozen media outlets, including NPR, Esquire, BBC, and Kirkus Review. Her first novel, Ways to Disappear, received the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize, the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Prize, and was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her poetry collections include Exit, Civilian, selected for the 2011 National Poetry Series, The Next Coun­try, a final­ist for the 2008 Fore­word Book of the Year Award, and Clarice: The Visitor, a collaboration with the artist Erica Baum. Her works as a translator include Clarice Lispector’s novel The Pas­sion Accord­ing to G.H. and a co-translation with Ahmad Nadalizadeh of Iranian poet Garous Abdolmalekian, Lean Against This Late Hour. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.

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