Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival to offer readings, panels, and craft talks with prominent writers

The Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival, New York State’s largest free poetry festival, will be held on April 25, 26, and 27 at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York. The student-run festival will offer readings, panels, craft talks, and a small press fair. All events are open to the public. For more information please visit http://pofest.tumblr.com or contact slcpoetryfest@gmail.com.

Among the 13 featured poets are Kim Addonizio, Bob Hicok, Eileen Myles, and Paisley Rekdal. The festival will also include a Spoken Word event with performances by students, faculty, and a spoken word performer. An event for high school students from Westchester and New York City schools, who will read their work, is a highlight of the festival, as is a rapid-fire poetry reading, where writing students from New York City-area MFA programs will share their work. A two-day book fair with several small presses and literary magazines offering books, magazines, and other goods for purchase will also take place during the festival.

Kate Knapp Johnson, Writing faculty member and a featured reader from last year’s festival, described the festival as, "…three days of more language and discovery and discussion than one can possibly take in all at once. By Sunday evening you will find yourself filled to the very brim with wonder. And afterward you'll see the deepening in your own work and be energized to read and reread those poets who so seriously dazzle all of us."

Student director Katie Longofono said that the Sarah Lawrence students are delighted to be able to make the festival a celebration for the College and wider communities. “We invite students, writers, teachers, librarians, children, and any other folks who rejoice in poetry to join undergraduate and graduate students at Sarah Lawrence. Together we read and write, and meet working poets from around the country, from all backgrounds, aesthetics, and career points as a way to share the wide and varied tradition of poetry.”