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Let's talk literature, poetry, writing… This group is for anyone interested in getting together for inspiration and literary conversation. We meet for shared writing time, for trips to nearby literary and arts events, for open mic readings, and for workshop-style discussions. Looking forward to meeting more word-obsessed friends!

Upcoming events (2)

Ekphrastic Poetry workshop series at the Edward Hopper House Museum

Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center

An opportunity for poets to write about, talk about, and create visual art. I am leading the two plein air sessions, on Sept. 20 and Oct. 4, and I hope to see you! RSVP here, and I will send you the registration link.

Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center is pleased to present a multi-part Ekphrastic Poetry workshop.

Virtual sessions only: $50; Outdoor sessions only: $50; BOTH Virtual AND Outdoor sessions: $75.

While ekphrastic poetry is often defined as writing about works of art such as sculptures, paintings, or photographs, the tradition is simply rooted in the practice of close, careful attention to objects and experiences and intersects with writing about land, nature, and environment.

A two-part VIRTUAL writing workshop on September 27 and October 18, 2021 offers participants an understanding of the traditions of ekphrasis and contemporary interpretations of the practice. Each virtual session is an hour and a half long, beginning with a close study of poetry, a discussion of themes from the lives of Edward Hopper and his family as well as writing generated from his paintings, and a block of time to generate and exchange new writing before we part.

A two-part PLEIN AIR workshop on September 20 and October 4, 2021 will also be held in the garden at Edward Hopper House alongside the virtual sessions for participants who would like to go deeper into the practice and engage with the intersections of plein air painting and study. This workshop will explore the intersection of poetic practice with plein air painting. Participants will engage in a circular artistic mode, in which writing poetry and creating visual art can together generate a multifaceted expression. Students provide their own materials.

Pollinator poetics: writing workshop with Mary Newell and A. Anupama

Home garden of Mary Newell


In this outdoor writing and/or drawing workshop, participants can explore spaces including pollinator-friendly gardens, open woods, flowing creek, labyrinth, and a quiet nook in a witch-hazel grove.

Try out different perspectives to decenter your view from an assumption of human primacy. How can we receive impressions of nature as an ever-adapting complex of life-forms interacting with each other and with non-animate components of the environment? How can we combine our knowledge with the felt experience of a terrain? We can explore writing from factual knowledge (e.g., knowledge of bee’s vision, mapping areas) as well as writing from not knowing and learning in process of interacting. We will discuss and share works-in-progress, and talk about opportunities for eco-poetics publication.

The workshop will be held in Mary Newell's historic property in Garrison, New York, weather permitting. Proof of Covid19 vaccination is required for participation in this event.

About the facilitators:
Mary Newell authored the poetry chapbooks RE-SURGE and TILT/ HOVER/ VEER as well as poems in journals, essays, and ecocritical encyclopedia entries on Whitman and Dickinson. She is co-editor of Poetics for the More-than-Human-World: An Anthology of Poetry and Commentary. A former Assistant Professor, she curates the Hudson Highlands Poetry Series. Newell is also a certified practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education and a dedicated gardener focusing on natives and pollinator-supporting species. https://manitoulive.wixsite.com/maryn

A. Anupama is a Tamil-American poet, visual artist and translator whose work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Tupelo Quarterly, Numéro Cinq, and elsewhere. Her new poetry chapbook, Saffron Threaded, is available from Dancing Girl Press. Anupama lives with her family in Upper Nyack, New York. More about her at aanupama.com.

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