Parachute: the Coney Island Performance Festival” consisted of renowned NYC poets and writers at the NY Aquarium’s Alien Stinger’s exhibit during the evenings of October 13-14, 2012. Among those who recited poetry was Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang and Charles Denson, executive director of the Coney Island History Project, who read historical Coney Island poetry. Free poetry workshops also took place for adults and children, as well as a special poetry workshop entitled “Memory Arts Café” for people liv- ing with Alzheimer’s disease and their family members. The workshop was co-produced by New York Memory Center and the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. Amanda Deutch is the founder and artistic director of the performance festi- val and a published poet. Astella Development Corp. was a sponsor of the event.