ARCHIVED: Second Annual Poetry Festival

The Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival, the weekend of April 22 - 24, returns to the beautiful campus of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, just a 25-minute train ride north of NYC. The festival, an opportunity to celebrate National Poetry Month, is free and open to the public.

This year’s festival will build on its past success offering a wide range of internationally known poets including Mark Doty, Thomas Lux, Sharon Olds, Galway Kinnell, as well as Brenda Hillman, Marie Howe, Tomas Salamun, Major Jackson, Sarah Manguso, Russell Edson, Mark Wunderlich, D. Nurkse, Terrence Hayes, Matthea Harvey, Monica Youn, Lynn Procope, Suzanne Gardinier, Sarah Messer and Jeffrey McDaniel. Sarah Lawrence undergraduate and graduate students will also read from their work; this creative interaction between emerging and established poets is one of the many things that makes this festival unique.

On the coattails of the Thursday, April 21st release of Sarah Lawrence College’s Graduate Literary Journal Lumina, the festival’s program begins in the evening on Friday April 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the brand-new Heimbold Visual Arts Center. After a brief welcome, celebrated poets Sharon Olds and Thomas Lux will kick off the festival by reading from their work. On Saturday, April 23rd, beginning at 11 a.m., there will be four concurrent readings, two in the morning and two after lunch. Saturday night will offer award-winning poets, Galway Kinnell and Mark Doty, again in the new Heimbold building, again beginning at 7:30 p.m. The festival continues on Sunday, April 24th, with three more sets of concurrent readings, beginning at 1 p.m.

About last year’s festival, poet Kim Addonizio has nothing but glowing remarks. "It was a great gift to be a part of the first Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival. The students who put together the proceedings were incredibly capable and dedicated, and I felt warmly welcomed by the audiences. Everyone I met seemed happy to be at Sarah Lawrence, making me feel this was a very hospitable place for poets, and for the creative spirit."Charles Martin, another participating poet, said, “Last year’s first Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival was an occasion that brought together an extraordinary range of poets for readings, workshops and panels that generated a great deal of energy over the entire weekend. It was a great pleasure to have been a part of this event, and it is an even greater pleasure to know that the festival will be celebrated once again this year, and, one hopes, for many years to come.”

Organized each year by a volunteer committee of graduate and undergraduate students, the Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival brings prominent poets to the college and the greater Tri-State community. This year’s committee includes Jeff Boyle, Richard Dirksen, Stacy Gnall, Chris Hansen-Nelson, Simon Lindquist, Xan Roberti, and Alli Shaloum.

This event is sponsored by Sarah Lawrence College, The Diana Leslie Fund, Friends of the Library, and Poets and Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The New York State Council on the Arts-supplement.

Parking is plentiful and free. There will be shuttle van service from the Metro North Bronxville train station to campus. For more information visit the Poetry Festival website or email .