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Sapphire, Author of “Push” to Speak at Brooklyn Campus on March 28

Free event is part of the “Voices of the Rainbow” reading series


Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1014

Brooklyn, N.Y.—Noted poet and fiction writer Sapphire will read from her work during the “Voices of the Rainbow: Celebrating the Oral Tradition” series at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus on Monday, March 28, at 11:00 a.m.

Sapphire’s works include the poetry collections “American Dreams” and “Black Wings & Blind Angels.” She is also the author of the best-selling novel, “Push,” about a brutalized Harlem teenager. “Push” has won many awards and was the basis for the Golden Globe-nominated film, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” Her work has been translated into thirteen languages and has been adapted for the stage in the United States and Europe.

Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus is located at 1 University Plaza at the intersection of Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues in downtown Brooklyn. The event will take place in the Health Sciences Building, room 119.

“Voices of the Rainbow” is funded by the Office of the Provost and co-sponsored by the English Department and Africana Studies Department. For more information contact Professors Louis Parascandola or Maria McGarrity at (718) 488-1050 or visit

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Posted 03/18/2011

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