Parachute: The Coney Island Performance Festival is a community-based literary organization. The cornerstone of Parachute's work is a free two-day festival featuring renowned poets and writers reading at the New York Aquarium after hours, in the Alien Stingers Jellyfish Exhibit. Throughout the year, Parachute also offers creative writing workshops and innovative poetic events.
Parachute celebrates Coney Island’s vivid literary present and past through readings, letterpress broadsides, workshops and attention to the literary luminaries that have walked across Coney’s shores and been inspired by it—Walt Whitman, Muriel Rukeyser, and Henry Miller, to name but a few.
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