Acclaimed poets Janine Joseph (above) and Matthew Olzmann (below) will host a free presentation in Lincroft on February 20, as part of Brookdale Community College’s 2017 Visiting Writers Series. (Photos courtesy of the authors)

Press release from Brookdale Community College

Award-winning poets and authors, acclaimed screenwriters and an internationally recognized journalist and historian will headline the 2017 Visiting Writers Series, which kicks off Monday, February 20 at 7 p.m. at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft.

The free lecture series will begin with a 7 p.m. presentation by award-winning poets Janine Joseph and Matthew Olzmann. Joseph is the author of Driving Without a License, the award-winning 2016 poetry collection focusing on the poet’s experiences as an undocumented American immigrant. Olzmann authored the 2013 Kundiman Prize-winning collection Mezzanines and the 2016 book Contradictions in Design.

The series will continue on March 28 with a presentation by renowned Jamaican-born journalist, historian and essayist Garnette Cardogan. Co-editor of  The Oxford Handbook of the Harlem Renaissance and author of the acclaimed essay “Walking While Black,” Cardogan will discuss his work and experiences as an American immigrant.

The series will conclude on April 17 with presentations by Iranian-born poet and playwright Sholeh Wolpe (pictured right; photo by Bonnie Perkinson) and Bangladeshi-American screenwriter Sharbari Ahmed.

Wolpe, recipient of a 2014 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant and winner of the 2013 Midwest Book Award, has authored four poetry collections, a play, three books of translations and three anthologies. Ahmed is a writer, director and short story author best known as the screenwriter for the hit television series Quantico.

All talks begin at 7 p.m. in Brookdale’s Warner Student Life Center, 765 Newmans Springs Road, Lincroft. Parking is in lots 6 and 7. All programs are free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. A suggested donation of $3 can be made to support the Brookdale Creative Writing Club.

For more information call Suzanne Parker at (732)224-2650 or visit