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Long Island University Professor Bryonn Bain to Release New Hip Hop Book at Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival on Aug. 20

In “The Prophet Returns,” Bain honors legacy of poet Kahlil Gibran


Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 780-4137

Bryon BainBrooklyn, N.Y. – Hip hop writer and prison activist Bryonn Bain, a professor and artist-in-residence at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus, will celebrate the Brooklyn release of his new book at the 7th annual 2011 Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival.

The book, "The Prophet Returns: The Hip Hop Generation Remix of a Classic," honors the legacy of poet and author Kahlil Gibran. What would a modern-day prophet say on the day he returned home from Rikers Island? Bain tackles this question while reimagining the mystical 1923 work, "The Prophet," by Gibran, who was from Lebanon.

The Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival is a culmination of six weeks of outdoor creative writing workshops for young people offered by the New York Writers Coalition. The festival will feature young writers from the free summer workshops reading alongside Bryonn Bain, R. Erica Doyle, Bernice McFadden, Rick Moody and Jon Sands. The emcee is Laurie Cumbo of MoCADA.

The readings will take place Saturday, Aug. 20, at 3 p.m. at the Fort Greene Park monument. The event is free and open to the public. An after-party and book signing for Bain's book will take place at 6 p.m. at Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street.

Professor Bain, a Nuyorican Grand Slam Poetry Champion and Blackout Arts Collective founder, was wrongfully imprisoned during his second year at Harvard Law, and later sued the police department and won. He has lectured and given performances on hip hop, spoken word and the prison crisis at more than 100 campuses and correctional facilities nationwide.

During the spring 2011 semester at the University’s Brooklyn Campus, Bain taught a groundbreaking course that combined hip hop, writing and performance.
For more information on his book, visit

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Posted 08/04/2011

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