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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
Jul 10 2015 to Jul 11 2015

E.E. Cummings at Silver Lake~A Weekend of Celebration

Mark your calendars. Friends of Madison Library present a weekend of art, music, poetry, and history exploring the relationship between the American poet and artist E.E. Cummings and the people and town of Madison, New Hampshire. Friday night will feature a “non-lecture,” art show, and Cummings’ poetry set to music. On Saturday view eight local sites, including the Cummings Family Collection at the Madison Historical Society and the poet’s beloved “Joy Farm.”Tickets are $20 per person or $15 if purchased before June 30. Tickets include both the Friday night events and the Saturday tour.Joy Farm will host a Friday afternoon tea with limited seating by separate additional $10 ticket purchased in advance.All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Friends of Madison Library.www.cummingsatsilverlake.com

Admission fee: $20.00
7:00pm to 3:30pm
Madison Library
1895 Village Road
03849 Madison, New Hampshire
Jul 09 2015

A CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL POETRY: NEW GENERATION AFRICAN POETS

AMY LUKAU, TSITSI JAJI, LADAN OSMAN, VIOLA ALLO, AND WARSAN SHIREThe Poetry Society of America continues its 2015 national series, A Celebration of International Poetry, at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. The series will travel to six cities and focus on major international poets from any era, including Octavio Paz (Mexico), Alda Merini (Italy), Li Po (China), among many others.In this third installment, we will celebrate several emerging poets from Africa, Amy Lukau, Tsitsi Jaji, Ladan Osman, Viola Allo, and Warsan Shire, whose work has been recently published in the New Generation African Poets chapbook series. Editors Chris Abani, Kwame Dawes, and Matthew Shenoda will discuss the project and introduce the emerging poets, who will then read from their work. 

Co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.

7:00pm
The Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Jul 07 2015

ANNENBERG BEACH HOUSE: Mahogany Browne, Dean Kostos, and Richard Siken

ANNENBERG BEACH HOUSE:
Mahogany Browne, Dean Kostos, and Richard SikenAs part of the Beach=Culture series, the PSA presents a reading and moderated discussion with an eclectic mix of acclaimed contemporary poets.

Co-sponsored by American Composers Forum, Los Angeles, The City of Santa Monica, and Red Hen Press.

Admission is free. Please make reservations online at beachhouse.smgov.net or call (310) 458-2257

6:30pm
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
90402 Santa Monica, California
Jun 24 2015

2015 Poetry Festival

Hill-Stead Museum’s renowned Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is a unique outdoor arts event located on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington. The 2015 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival begins on June 24, with the first of five performances, scheduled for three Wednesday nights and two Sunday afternoons during the summer (with workshops on Saturdays prior to Sundays’ performances.)  The community cherishes this series of readings and music concerts in the informal outdoor setting of the Hill-Stead estate.Visitors can come early to tour the museum’s world-class Impressionist art collection, walk the trails, or attend the prelude conversations with headlining poets.  Picnics are welcome and food and wine can be purchased from festival vendors.  Guests bring their own chairs and blankets and relax among the flower beds in the historic Sunken Garden, surrounded by eight foot stone walls and the sounds of nature.The Festival opens with United States Poet Laureate (2004-2006) and Pulitzer Prizewinning Poet Ted Kooser.Admission:  $12 advanced on-line purchase, $15 at the door, ages 18 and under free.For more information: http://www.hillstead.org/sunken-garden-poetry-festival/2015-sunken-garden-poetry-festival/

Admission fee: $12.00
4:30pm
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road
06032 Farmington, Connecticut

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This evening, walking along the long field
My eye was drawn to a living shimmer in the sky:
Three aspens alone alive in a world of almost motionless 
Cottonwood and willow and Chinese elm trees.

The breeze that barely stirred the others
Sprang it free, spangling leaves like light on water,
An electric flutter,
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Everyone knows that the moon started out
as a renegade fragment of the sun, a solar
flare that fled that hellish furnace
and congealed into a flat frozen pond suspended
between the planets. But did you know
that anger began as music, played
too often and too loudly by drunken performers
at weddings and garden