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Jul 08 2016

Dave Day

Dave, born into slavery, lived for the first three-quarters of the 19th century in the Edgefield District of South Carolina. Thirsty for knowledge, he dared to challenge anti-slave-literacy laws by learning to read and write. He left an indelible record of his life and times in a series of original poems inscribed on his pots. This is the moment to celebrate him, for David Drake, as he was known after Freedom came, has just been inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame!

The celebration begins in Aiken at 6:00 pm on Friday, July 8 at the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. SW. At the opening reception, experts on Southern Folk Pottery will exhibit examples from their collections and discuss them with attendees. Author Lucinda Clark will offer a program of local children reading poems inspired by Dave’s writings. Filmmaker George Wingard will present the prize-winning documentary film “Discovering Dave.” Refreshments will be served.

On Saturday, July 9, the celebration moves to Edgefield’s historic Courthouse Square. Festivities will begin at 11:00 am with live bluegrass music. Area artisans, including award-winning woodcarver Ike Carpenter, will demonstrate their skills. Master potter Justin Guy will recount the story of Edgefield Pottery in his newly opened studio, The Phoenix Factory. A blacksmith, painters, and other artists will exhibit their work.

6:00pm
Aiken County Historical Musuem
433 Newberry St. SW
29801 Aiken, South Carolina
Jul 10 2016

Golden Rose Award Presentation and Reading

New England Poetry Club’s Golden Rose Award, first awarded in 1919, is one of the oldest poetry prizes in the United States. The rose is awarded to “the poet, who by their poetry and inspiration to and encouragement of other writers, has made a significant mark on American poetry.” Past honorees include Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winners and some of the most famous names in American poetry. This year’s winner is Fanny Howe.

Fanny Howe is the author of more than 20 books of poetry and prose; she grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and studied at Stanford University. Howe’s collections of poetry include Second Childhood (2014), Come and See (2011), On the Ground (2004), Gone (2003), Selected Poems (2000),Forged (1999), Q (1998), One Crossed Out (1997), O’Clock (1995), and The End (1992). She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Poetry Foundation, the California Council for the Arts, and the Village Voice, as well as fellowships from the Bunting Institute and the MacDowell Colony. Her Selected Poems won the 2001 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. In 2001 and 2005, Howe was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. In 2008 she won an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2009; Second Childhood (2014) was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award.

3:00pm
Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
105 Brattle Street
02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jul 10 2016

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival: Brian Turner and Doug Anderson

The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is a unique outdoor arts event located on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington.  Beginning on June 22, the festival presents the first of five performances, scheduled for three Wednesday and two Sunday evenings throughout the summer.  Adding to the humanities-rich content of the festival, Hill-Stead offers poetry writing workshops prior to all 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 pre-performance Prelude conversations with the headlining poets.

Brian Turner earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and lived abroad in South Korea for a year before serving in the U.S. Army for seven years. He was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000 with the 10th Mountain Division. Then in November 2003 he was an infantry team leader in Iraq for a year with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. His first book, Here, Bullet, chronicles his time in Iraq.Turner has been featured on National Public Radio, the Newshour with Jim Lehrer and the BBC. He has received a NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship and a fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. Turner has taught English at Fresno City College.

Poet Doug Anderson served as a combat medic in the Vietnam War. He has written about his experiences in the Vietnam War in both poetry and non-fiction.  He is the author of the poetry collections The Moon Reflected Fire (1994), the winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Blues for Unemployed Secret Police (2000). In 2000 he published his memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery.  

Admission fee: $15.00
4:30pm
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Rd
06032 Farmington , Connecticut
Jul 14 2016

24th Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reading with Patricia Spears Jones, Alicia Jo Rabins, Camille Rankine, and Stacy Szymaszek

Readings by poets Patricia Spears Jones (A Lucent Fire: New & Selected Poems - White Pine Press), Alicia Jo Rabins (Divinity School - American Poetry Review), Camille Rankine (Incorrect Merciful Impulses - Copper Canyon Press), and Stacy Szymaszek (Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals - Fence Books) open the 2016 Poets House Showcase, our free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses.

7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Jul 17 2016

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival: Ed Hirsch and Clare Rossini

The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is a unique outdoor arts event located on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington.  Beginning on June 22, the festival presents the first of five performances, scheduled for three Wednesday and two Sunday evenings throughout the summer.  Adding to the humanities-rich content of the festival, Hill-Stead offers poetry writing workshops prior to all 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 pre-performance Prelude conversations with the headlining poets.

Edward Hirsch is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry. He was born in Chicago in 1950—his accent makes it impossible for him to hide his origins—and educated at Grinnell College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D. in Folklore. Edward Hirsch’s first collection of poems, For the Sleepwalkers (1981), received the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University and the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets. His second collection, Wild Gratitude (1986), won the National Book Critics Award.  Since then, he has published six additional books of poems.

Clare Rossini has published 3 collections, the most recent of which is Lingo.  Work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, and the Best American Poetry series and has been featured on NPR and the BBC.   She is Artist-in-Residence in the English Department at Trinity College in Hartford. 

Admission fee: $15.00
4:30pm
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Rd
06032 Farmington , Connecticut

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Arriving at last

It has stumbled across the harsh
Stones, the black marshes.

True to itself, by what craft
And strength it has, it has come
As a sole survivor returns

From the steep pass.
Carved on memory's staff
The legend is nearly decipherable.
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The season turned like the page of a glossy fashion magazine. 
In the park the daffodils came up 
and in the parking lot, the new car models were on parade.

Sometimes I think that nothing really changes—

The young girls show the latest crop of tummies, 
        and the new president proves that he's a dummy.
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Lie to yourself about this and you will
forever lie about everything.

Everybody already knows everything

so you can
lie to them. That's what they want.

But lie to yourself, what you will

lose is yourself. Then you
turn into them.

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For each gay kid whose adolescence

was America in