North of Invention: A Festival of Canadian Poetry (Day One)

Leading Canadian poets at the cutting edge of contemporary practice address the history of sound poetry and performance, multilingualism, activism and other topics.
Co-presented with the Kelly Writers House and funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts

"How Does a Bird Imagine? What Does a Tree Know?"

On view March 20 through June 19, 2010

For all ages, this exhibition documents the creation of poetic spaces by a public-school community in response to images of landscape and shared journeys: a bird, a tree, a labyrinth.

Part of Ecopoetic Futures, a series of events that examine poetry and the environment. Programs in this series are funded, in part, by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Council for the Humanities.

Choose Your Own Odyssey

Join Homer-in-residence Mike Romanos for a retelling of this epic tale complete with all the angry gods, flailing monsters and cunning heroes. With Odysseus's adventures as a model, children will get a chance to spin their own tapestries of heroic proportions in a writing workshop to follow.

Poems from the Sky

Children have the opportunity to be inspired by an exhibition of giant 'poetry balloons' inistalled in the gallery at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Art Center at Governors Island. Together they will explore the poetry and stories that come out of the great blue canopy of the earth's sky and them make books in the shape of blimps and float their own poetry upon them.

We Are Rivers

Based on his new book We Are Rivers, Richard Lewis and the Touchstone Center Theatre Ensemble will explore the life of a river, bringing it to life through dance and song. After the performance, we’ll make our own “river books” filled with the ever-changing waters of our thoughts and the world around us

Monstrology/Alienology 101 with Johan Olander

For Halloween this year, world-renowned Monstrologist and Alienologist Johan Olander lectures on the secrets, eating habits, and various levels of friendliness of monsters and aliens. Afterward there will be a workshop during which visitors can observe and report on the odd life forms of our own imaginations. Johan Olander is author and illustrator of the best-selling books A Field Guide to Monsters and A Field Guide to Aliens.

The Humpback’s Wail with Chrissie Gittins

Chrissie Gittins reads from her latest book of poems, The Humpback’s Wail, and shares the different ways in which she creates her poetry and writing. Gittins's poems have been called “imaginative snapshots taken with a quirky edge that appeals to children” (Pie Corbett). Gittins is the author of the poetry collections I Don’t Want an Avocado for an Uncle and Now You See Me, Now You… Her poems have been featured on BBC television and radio.

Breaking Open: Overcoming Barriers with Rachel Levitsky

The ecological, political and economic uncertainties of our times frighten us, but also present us with a great creative possibility. This workshop will consider that which confines us as people and how to use writing to overcome these barriers. Drawing upon the work of key thinkers, poets and artists, and through a series of guided exercises, participants will assess and “puncture” their current practice, attempting to break open their writing.

The Language of Music with Dave Johnson

This workshop focuses on the musical structures of poetry and the ways in which these structures create voice and meaning in a poem. Students will discuss poems with an eye and ear to the way music serves as a poetic muse, creating subject matter, and fostering a relationship between form and content. The students' primary goal in this study will be to produce original poetry with the purpose of finding their own music and voice within the poem.

Master Class with Anne Waldman

Anne Waldman is the author of over 40 books and small press editions of poetry and poetics, including, most recently, The lovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment, a 700-page epic poem 30 years in the making. She is the Distinguished Professor of Poetics at Naropa University

Application Deadline: Friday, November 18

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