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      May 29, 2019

      Wednesday   7:30 PM

      15400 Montalvo Road
      Saratoga, California 95070

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      The Crazy Bunch

      Join critically acclaimed poet and LAP Fellow Willie Perdomo in conversation with award-winning journalist, author, and cultural critic Jeff Chang.ABOUT THE CRAZY BUNCH

      “A vivid, kaleidoscopic portrait of a 'crew' coming of age in East Harlem at the beginning of the 1990s” --NPR

      From a prize-winning poet, a new collection that chronicles a weekend in the life of a group of friends coming of age in East Harlem at the dawn of the hip-hop era – Hailed as “New and Noteworthy” in this month’s New York Times Book Review. Perdomo, a native of East Harlem, has won praise as a hip, playful, historically engaged poet whose restlessly lyrical language mixes “city life with a sense of the transcendent” (NPR.org). In his fourth collection, The Crazy Bunch, Perdomo returns to his beloved neighborhood to create a vivid, kaleidoscopic portrait of a “crew” coming of age in East Harlem at the beginning of the 1990s. In poems written in couplets, vignettes, sketches, riffs, and dialogue, Perdomo recreates a weekend where surviving members of the crew recall a series of tragic events: “That was the summer we all tried to fly. All but one of us succeeded.”ABOUT WILLIE PERDOMO

      Willie Perdomo is the author of The Crazy Bunch, The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon, Smoking Lovely, and Where a Nickel Costs a Dime. He is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; a winner of the International Latino Book Award; the winner of the PEN Open Book Award; and a finalist for the Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award. Perdomo's work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, Poetry, Bomb Magazine, and African Voices. He is currently a Lucas Artists Literary Arts Fellow and teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy.

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