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Sep 10 2015 to Sep 12 2015

The 10th Annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

The festival begins Thursday night with a film about the creation of the US Forest Service. Friday and Saturday almost 30 authors including NC Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson, Sara Gruen and Wiley Cash will present free readings.

The Friday night banquet with Jay Erskine Leutze and Saturday night's "Conversation With Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett" are ticketed events. Four writing workshops and a nature walk require registration and tickets.  More information is at cmlitfest.org

7:00pm to 10:00pm
Burnsville Town Center
6 South Main Street
28714 Burnsville, North Carolina
Aug 16 2015 to Aug 21 2015

Live Free and Write

Join us in New Hampshire for a supportive writing retreat. Enjoy the refreshing New England summer with plentiful writing time, encouraging workshops, homemade meals and time to relax. Spend the week in either "Writing and Publishing Retreat" with Amanda Morris or "Free-Writing Intensive" with Douglas Goetsch; retreat hosted by Peter Murphy.Learn more: www.murphywriting.com/nh

Admission fee: $695.00
4:00pm to 11:00am
Dexter's Inn
258 Stagecoach Rd.
03782 Sunapee, New Hampshire
Aug 11 2015

Summer Reading Series: Parneshia Jones, Patrick Phillips, and Jean Valentine

This summer the Academy of American Poets continues its tradition of offering poetry readings featuring a diverse lineup of poets sharing their latest work at the historic New York Public Library. Our readings are made possible in part by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Free and open to the public. Capacity is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

6:00pm
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
2nd Floor, Room 227
10018 New York, New York
Aug 09 2015

Celebration of Asian-American Poetry at Hill-Stead Museum: Li-Young Lee and Tina Chang

Hill-Stead Museum presents a culturally rich weekend of Asian poetry, art, music, and conversation. On Sunday, August 9, Tina Chang will lead a community reading at 12 p.m.  with participants of her poetry workshop from the previous day. She will perform at 3, followed by a performance of Chinese classical and folk music by the Celadon Youth Ensemble at 3:30. Finally, Li-Young Lee will perform at 4:15. During this weekend, Hill-Stead will be open for self-guided tours. A special display will feature rarely-seen, original Japanese woodblock prints from the museum’s collection. Hill-Stead’s Asian collection also includes porcelain, fine and decorative arts, and other collectibles amassed by the museum’s founders during their travels. 

Admission fee: $12.00
12:00pm
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road
06032 Farmington, Connecticut
Aug 08 2015

Poetry Writing Workshop with Li-Young Lee

Li-Young Lee will be leading a 2 hour poetry writing workshop on Saturday, August 8. Lee is the author of four books of poetry, including, most recently, Behind My Eyes. His earlier collections are Book of My NightsRose, winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award; The City in Which I Love You, the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and a memoir entitledThe Winged Seed: A Remembrance, which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and will be reissued by BOA Editions in 2012. Lee’s honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Lannan Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, as well as grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Admission fee: $60.00
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road
06032 Farmington, Connecticut

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poems

poem
You can only hunker down so long & then the wind dies
   or rushes on to some other place to do its damage
   & all that time you've been huddled there together
        holding your breath, hoping against
		 
        wildest hope that up aboveground
          nothing you love has been
              blown
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   Light flows our war of mocking words, and yet,  
Behold, with tears mine eyes are wet!  
I feel a nameless sadness o'er me roll.  
   Yes, yes, we know that we can jest,  
We know, we know that we can smile;     
But there 's a something in this breast,  
To which thy light words bring no rest,  
And thy gay
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I like walking on streets as black and wet as this one
now, at two in the solemnly musical morning, when everyone else
in this town emptied of Lestrygonians and Lotus-eaters
is asleep or trying or worrying why
they aren't asleep, while unknown to them Ulysses walks
into the shabby apartment I live in, humming