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Camille Rankine To Moderate Poetry Panel at Brooklyn Book Festival
Thursday, 20 September 2012 13:30

Camille Rankine bucketCamille Rankine, assistant director of the MFA in Writing program, is moderating a panel, "Nothing Ever Breaks But the Heart," at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 23. Rankine is also the co-chair of the poetry committee for the festival.

"The panel will be a conversation on genre and form with three incredibly intelligent and talented writers who've done important work in both genres. We'll explore the possibilities of each genre, and their reasons for choosing one form over another to relate a narrative or delve into a particular topic," Rankine said.

Poet novelists Ben Lerner (Leaving the Atocha Station), Eileen Myles (Inferno: A Poet's Novel) and Sapphire (Push) will explore the boundaries, possibilities, divergences and intersections of poetry and prose during the panel. The event will be held at the St. Francis McArdle Auditorium (180 Remsen Street) in Brooklyn at 5 p.m.

"I'm especially excited about this topic of discussion because it connects to the cross-genre emphasis in the curriculum of the Manhattanvile MFA program," Rankine said. "I think examining and interrogating our expectations and hopes for a certain genre can give valuable insight into why we read, and why we write."

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest literary event in New York City. It runs September 17-23, 2012, and presents an array of writers in all genres. It brings together thousands who appreciate literature. Participating authors include Esmeralda Santiago, Paul Auster, and Carol Higgins Clark.

"Literary festivals are a great way of giving people in our community the opportunity to engage in a discourse with world-renowned writers, as well as a chance for people to discover emerging voices and new ideas in literature, culture and politics," Rankine said.

Manhattanville's 36-credit Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program is open to graduates of accredited colleges and universities who demonstrate a strong potential in writing and critical thinking. Manhattanville welcomes writers and aspiring writers to join its dynamic literary community.