another festival

September 20, 2020

The Portland Book Festival is back and this year it’s online, November 5-21, 2020. The full schedule will be published in October, but there’s already an impressive lineup of presenters.

For updates, go to Literary Arts and sign up.

the border is open

September 16, 2020

Crossing into Canada will be no problem for those who attend this year’s Victoria Festival of Authors. The Festival will be held entirely online, Wednesday, September 30, through Sunday, October 4, 2020. Visit the VFA site for schedule and registration.

jazz plus poetry

September 15, 2020

City of Asylum is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, initiative that provides “sanctuary to endangered literary writers,” and offers “a broad range of literary programs in a community setting to encourage cross-cultural exchange.” This month, City of Asylum celebrates the 16th Annual International Jazz Poetry Month with a series of eight virtual concerts that join the sounds of jazz and poetry. See the list of upcoming events on the City of Asylum Crowdcast page and register to attend.

Word Vancouver

September 14, 2020

The first “Word On The Street Vancouver” festival was held in 1995. Rebranded as Word Vancouver in 2013, the festival celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. With that history, and the recent experience of scores of online readings, panel discussions, workshops, and other gatherings, Word Vancouver is ready for the 2020 all-virtual festival, Saturday, September 19, through Sunday, September 27. Word Vancouver is free, with donations gratefully accepted. See the Word Vancouver schedule here.

festival season, continued

September 12, 2020

With more annual festivals going virtual, the possibilities for armchair travel continue. The Utah Humanities Book Festival, now in its 23rd year, will be entirely virtual and feature scores of authors, events, and virtual conversations. The program starts today, Saturday, September 12, 2020, and continues through Thursday, October 22. The schedule is impressive and includes plenty of familiar names, such as Dayna Patterson. The events are free on Zoom with advance registration.

festival season

September 10, 2020

The 2020 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival (formerly the Amherst Poetry Festival) is a free event that celebrates the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson and the contemporary creativity of the Pioneer Valley (Massachusetts) and beyond. This year’s festival will be held remotely, and will take place September 14-20, 2020.

The schedule is out now and includes headliners Ada Limón, Jericho Brown, Kimaya Diggs, Franny Choi, Shayla Lawson, and as is tradition, the Emily Dickinson Marathon.

Space is limited, so make sure to sign up for individual programs in advance.

Montana Book Festival

September 9, 2020

The Montana Book Festival goes virtual for 2020 and it starts tomorrow, Thursday, September 10. There’s a whole slate of events scheduled all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, both recorded and live, plus a handful of workshops and consultations. Jory Mickelson, Susannah Nevison, and Molly McCully Brown will offer a Friday afternoon workshop, Dear Friend: Writing Letters, Writing Poems. To see a list of books by presenters, visit the Featured Titles page.

70 days of poetry

August 18, 2020

2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Medellín (Colombia) Poetry Festival. This year, instead of the enormous gathering that usually takes place, the Festival goes virtual. More than 180 poets and speakers from more than 100 countries will present their work and participate in conversations about poetry, culture, peace, and the environment.

To read selections, go to this page and click on any photo. To see videos, go to the Revista Prometeo YouTube page or the Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín Facebook page.

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Thanks to Roger Gilman for the heads up!

River To River is an annual summer festival created by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) in the aftermath of 9/11 “with the intention to heal and celebrate New Yorkers’ resiliency through the power of art.”

Responding to the challenges of the present moment, River To River 2020 presents the vision of four artists: Asiya Wadud (pictured above), Jean Shin, Muna Malik, and Mona Chalabi. A number of the projects are collaborative.

If you happen to be in New York August 15-18, Muna Malik invites you to fold a piece of paper into an origami boat and on it, write your answer to the prompt “We have an opportunity to set sail towards a new future. What society would you build and how do we get there?”, and bring your boat to Belvedere Plaza in Battery Park City. If you’re not in New York, you can also take a picture of your boat and email it.

The festival continues through August 30. Learn more about River To River Festival, the artists, and their projects on the LMCC website.

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photo by Ian Douglas

virtual Dodge

July 1, 2020

If you’ve ever longed to attend the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival but couldn’t quite swing a trip to Newark, New Jersey, 2020 may be your year. Festival organizers have just announced that this year’s events will stream live at no charge beginning Thursday, October 22, 2020. (Performances on-demand will be available for a nominal subscription fee.)

As usual, the Festival will feature individual and group poetry readings and performances, conversations and panel talks among several poets, and Q&A with Festival poets. Though many of the details are still being worked out, there is already an impressive list of confirmed poets. Stay tuned!

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