Annual Poetry Festival 2018

Join us in celebrating the power of poetry at the Work Center’s 3rd Annual Poetry Festival. The Festival includes weeklong poetry and songwriting workshops by some of our nation’s most inspired and awarded poets. The week begins with a keynote address by Ross Gay and ends with Robert Pinsky’s Favorite Poem Project. Mid-week events include benefit concerts with Patty Larkin, Cornelius Eady Trio and Shaker/Flynn. Other evening events include faculty readings and artist talks, and student readings and open studios.

 

KEYNOTE

ROSS GAY

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 7PM
Stanley Kunitz Common Room

Ross Gay is the author of three books: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He is the co-author of the chapbooks Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens and River. He is a founding editor of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin’, and an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press.

Keynote is free for students attending a workshop this week. 
Tickets for the general public will be available at the door. 

 

WRITING FACULTY

TRACI BRIMHALL

BETWEEN CLARITY AND WILDERNESS: TUNING YOUR TENSION

Saudade
“Allows us brief visions, glimpses, of experiences more lush and raw than our own." The Rumpus

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CORNELIUS EADY

WHAT THE POEM WANTS

Hardheaded Weather
“Scintillating jazz lines recounting hard knocks and heartache with grace and élan.” Booklist

 

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NICK FLYNN

POETRY AS BEWILDERMENT

My Feelings
“Here he is again, writing as if his life depends on it, using every trick he can find to carve the tunnel through the mountain. I read Nick Flynn’s poetry to feel alive.” 

Marie Howe

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VIEVEE FRANCIS

THE SKY IS FALLING: ASCENDANT AND DESCENDENT GESTURES IN THE POEM

Forest Primeval
“These poems build a world we all want to inhabit.” 
A. Van Jordan

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ROSS GAY

MAKING A WAY TOGETHER: A POETRY WORKSHOP

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude
“Reaches again and again toward stating what's beautiful, what's sweet, what's most emotionally moving.” American Poetry Review

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PATTY LARKIN

LYRIC: A SONGWRITING WORKSHOP

Still Green
“Features her witty but heartfelt take on life, love, and the world in which we live.” All Music

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PATRICK ROSAL

THE SINGING IMAGE: A POETRY WORKSHOP

Brooklyn Antediluvian
“An earth-shattering performance.” Publishers Weekly

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BENEFIT CONCERTS

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POETS NIGHT

 

NICK FLYNN & KILLDEER

MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 8PM

A feast of music and poetry with critically acclaimed poet/ memoirist Nick Flynn and composer/soundartist Guy Barash, with video projections by Jared Handelsman


 

CORNELIUS EADY TRIO

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 8PM

National Book award winning poet Cornelius Eady sets his poetry to song, telling the story of passing time, the Black American experience and the blues.

 

 

 

PATTY LARKIN

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 8PM
Stanley Kunitz Common Room

“One of America’s most distinctive guitarists, Larkin matches her instrumental chops as a vocalist and gritty intelligent songwriter.” A New York Times Critic’s Choice


 

 

 

SPECIAL EVENT

FAVORITE POEM PROJECT
ROBERT PINSKY & FRIENDS

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 8PM
Stanley Kunitz Common Room

The Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in our lives. Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, founded the Favorite Poem Project shortly after the Library of Congress appointed him to the post in 1997. Our Poetry Festival’s Favorite Poem Project event will feature the readings of favorite poems by special guest poets (soon to be announced).

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