Pulitzer Prize-winning poet John Ashbery was honored this weekend at the 5th annual Brooklyn Book Festival in New York City.

The Brooklyn Book Festival “BoBi” award, given each year to an author whose body of work exemplifies or speaks to the spirit of Brooklyn, was given to Ashbery on Saturday night at the Festival Gala.

Ashbery once worked as a librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, and co-directed the poetry MFA program at Brooklyn College. From 2001 to 2003, he was poet laureate of New York State. Previous BoBi recipients include Walter Mosley and Paul Auster.

The weekend’s events included over 100 parties, music showcases, film screenings, children’s theatre, literary games and author appearances by some of our favorite authors including Mark Doty, T Cooper, Sarah Schulman, Monique Truong, and Rakesh Satyal.

Photos: Kathryn Kirk


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