After two years of virtual presentations, the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival (BCLF) is excited to return to in-person programming this fall. 

The 4th annual BCLF is set to take place on Sept. 9 to 11. This year the festival’s theme is We Outside! 

Fittingly, the We Outside theme helps capture the joyous feeling of reunion experienced by the entire world after a protracted and challenging lockdown. 

As a declaration, invitation and direction, We Outside is a characteristically Caribbean expression. It invites lovers of literature to join the BCLF at six events spread over three days at various iconic venues in Brooklyn. 

The three-day festival aims to uphold, enjoy and celebrate Caribbean storytelling and its writers whose work continue to point the way forward during the most uncertain of times. 

One of this year’s festival’s main attractions is the launch of King of Soca – a somewhat biography of Machel Montano, penned by his mother Elizabeth ’Lady’ Montano. 

Machel is indisputably, the best and most prolific artiste in soca – a genre of music birthed in his native Trinidad & Tobago – this book’s release is part of the celebration of his remarkable 40-year tenure in the music industry in 2022. 

BCLF is pleased that The Center for Fiction and Rogers Garden are continuing in this journey of partnership, providing spaces for programming, further made possible by the generous contributions of other sponsors including, Akashic Press.

The festival will also announce the winners of its short story contest on Sept. 2. 

For festival details, schedule and invited guests, please visit the BCLF website at

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