The festival will include readings and workshops by Patricia Smith and Li-Young Lee, and offer a series of scholarly and creative panels that explore the legacy of Whitman, Williams, and Ginsberg or other American poets, who write in the same poetic tradition.
I’m Not Ready to Die Yet: Engaging the Past, Present, and Future with Our Youth
Artists: Ellen Hagan, David Flores
Scholar Respondents: Stephanie Troutman
As teaching artists, we are called to create art and build curricula that encourage our students to both engage with the current state of the world as well as disrupt the status quo through their own art and activism. In this session, we will share poems and art installation videos that address and respond to the murders of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Walter Scott, the historical context of white supremacy via the murder of Emmett Till and others, as well as the wide range of responses through protest and art. We will share community building techniques, pedagogical strategies, prompts and ideas for group art making in response to current events in relation to our history of racial oppression. We will discuss ways in which our young people begin to take ownership over studying, distilling and creating poetry as a dialogue and response to police brutality and racial profiling.
*Title from a poem by Aracelis Girmay
Join us for guest features: Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Cynthia Dewi Oka & Michele Kotler
Young Writers’ Workshop
Ellen Hagan on Contemporary Poetry
In this ongoing series, young writers are invited to join notable authors in exploring different genres. In honor of National Poetry Month, poet, performer, and teacher Ellen Hagan will lead a discussion on contemporary poetry and teach participants how writers turn ideas into poems. Children will leave this workshop with a broad view of poetry and the inspiration and knowledge to craft their own poems.
The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2016 conference featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. Join us in Washington, DC, in 2017 to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer.
*check back for specific schedule
Check the blog throughout our trip. We will be posting & sharing our poetry adventures with students from South Korea, Japan and the United States.
For the fourth time, the largest poetry event in North America comes to New Jersey’s largest city when the 30th Anniversary Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival return to Newark from Thursday October 20th through Sunday October 23rd, 2016. For four days Newark’s vibrant downtown Arts District will be transformed into a poetry village featuring some of our most celebrated, diverse and vibrant poets and spoken word artists.
Reading series curated by Ellen Hagan & DFlo - join us for featured poets, open mic & rowdy good times. BYOB
“Sunday Kind of Love” is a monthly open mic that features emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation.
LO KWA MEI-EN, CYNTHIA ARRIEU-KING, MICHELLE Y. BURKE & ELLEN HAGAN
Join us for Poetry & Pine night at CounterEvolution! We will have featured readings by LeConté Dill, Caits Meissner, Cydney Gray & Elizabeth Lara. Show starts at 8pm and we will have 10 spots for an open mic. Space is BYOB. Spread the word & hope to see y'all soon!
Affrilachian Poets: 25 Years of Redefining Appalachia. (Mitchell L. H. Douglas, Ricardo Nazario Colon, Ellen Hagan, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Keith Wilson) Central to the purpose of the Affrilachian Poets is redefining what it means to be from Appalachia. To that extent it has members from the 13 states found within the Appalachian region. This panel explores notions of place and culture within the group celebrating its 25th anniversary and allies it has made along the way.
Brave New Voices. (Bao-Long Chu, James Kass, Alise Alousi, Ellen Hagan, Deborah Mouton)
Performance poetry inspires diverse youth populations to produce dynamic writing influenced by rap, hip hop, popular culture, and oral cultures.Today spoken word and written word poetries share more in common than they once did. Panelists will explore the socio-political history of spoken word, the complexities unique to teaching performance poetry in schools and communities, and expanding opportunities for young performance poets, including slam competitions and Youth Poet Laureate programs.
Detals TBD - more info soon
Hemisphere: Mapping the Body
This emerging poetry workshop will focus on the roles & bodies of women--the way we split & break into other halves/ parts of ourselves. Our bodies will become poems, stories & maps of our lives.
Cost: $25 (includes a copy of Hemisphere by Ellen Hagan
Send form and tuition (check or money order only, please, if mailed) payable to The Wild Fig Books & Coffee to:
The Wild Fig Presents: Writing Workshop
c/o The Wild Fig Books
726 North Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
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New 10-minute play: Bitch | Goddess will premiere in the New Works Now Festival at UK
Reading in solidarity with #BlackPoetsSpeakOut
Details TBD & will post soon
Reading with Alecia Whitaker (co-creator of Becoming Woman) - back again!
Details TBD & will post soon
ConjureWoman reading with Kelly Norman Ellis & Parneshia Jones
MAD OVER YOU
& MALIA MILLS
invite you to shop for a cause join us for an afternoon of prosecco + shopping
in support of the DreamYardArt Center
in the Bronx.
saturday, august 22 4-6 pm
malia mills southampton boutique 53 jobs lane southampton, ny
artwork created by DreamYard students will be displayed and available to purchase throughout the event.
special poetry reading by
Ellen Hagan, chair of the poetry department at the DreamYard Project
prosecco provided by
rsvp to email@example.com or 212.510.8590
Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word
Founded and produced by longtime New York City journalist and former Village Voice columnist Mike Geffner, The Inspired Word is one of the hottest open mic/performance events in the country, happening every week in NYC and having featured some of the finest original performers in the country.
Ellen Hagan (Hemisphere, Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly), Parneshia Jones (Vessel, Milkweed Editions), Anne Marie Macari (Red Deer, Persea Books), and Jean Valentine (Shirt in Heaven, Copper Canyon Press)
Part of the Showcase Reading Series, featuring leading and emerging poets with books in this year's Poets House Showcase