The Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival April, 20-22 2012
The SLC Poetry Festival is the largest free poetry festival in New York State. Organized entirely by students, the festival has become a vital event for the New York literary community, drawing attendees from the College, New York City, and surrounding area.
Each featured guest reads for 25 minutes with two student openers (one undergraduate and one graduate), and may be paired with another feature poet. This year we hosted a book fair featuring a number of small presses from around the area, panel discussions, as well as a number of receptions and other social events.
OUR FEATURE READERS INCLUDED:
Caroline Bergvall, Monica de la Torre, Craig Dworkin, Farrah Field, Nikky Finney, Vievee Francis, Suzanne Gardinier, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Li-Young Lee, Ben Lerner, Bernadette Mayer, Rachel McKibbens, Kevin Pilkington, Mathias Svalina, John Whitworth and Joshua Marie Wilkinson
((to learn more about the Featured Poets click here))
All photos © Margarida Malarkey, 2012
Day 1: Friday April, 20th
The events of the evening included the Public School Initiative Poetry Contest Winners, high school students whose poetry was selected to be read during the festival. Readings by undergraduate Rebecca Shepard, graduate Joshua Lazarus and Suzanne Gardinier. Suzanne read a tribute to Adrienne Rich. Readings by undergraduate Hannah Sabet, graduate Bettina Harriman, Monica de la Torre and Bernadette Mayer.
PSI High School Initiative Contest Reading:
Reading: Rebecca Shepherd, Joshua Lazarus and Suzanne Gardinier
Reading: Hannah Sabet, Bettina Harriman, Monica de la Torre and Bernadette Mayer
Day 2: Saturday April, 21st
The events of the Saturday afternoon and evening included the book fair, coordinated by Michelle Campagna, a first-year graduate student and volunteer of the festival. Here’s a list of some of the presses//shops in attendance: Ugly Duckling Press, Toadlily Press, Barrow Street, Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, Slapering Hol, Octopus Books, Four Way Books, Roof Books, Deadly Chaps Press, Black Lawrence Press and Kin. Afternoon readings began with undergraduate Vani Ramaraj, graduate Micaela Mascialino and features Farrah Field and Kevin Pilkington. A panel moderated by Jamie Agnello followed. The panel included: Caroline Bergvall, John Whitworth, Craig Dworkin, and Joshua Marie Wilkinson. Caroline & Craig didn’t really see eye-to-eye. The last reading of the afternoon began with openers Annie Robertson (undergraduate) and Sophia Starmack (graduate), Vievee Francis and Joshua Marie Wilkinson. The evening began with the Rapid Fire, a series of five poets who each read one poem in quick succession, followed with readings by Pearl Quick (undergraduate), Arhm Choi (graduate), and Rachel McKibbens. The last readings of the night were Jordan Sjol (undergraduate), Nikay Paredes (graduate) and features, Caroline Bergvall and John Whitworth.
Reading: Vani Ramaraj, Micaela Mascialino, Farrah Field and Kevin Pilkington.
Panel: Caroline Bergvall, John Whitworth, Craig Dworkin, and Joshua Marie Wilkinson. Moderator: Jamie Agnello
Reading: Annie Robertson, Sophia Starmack, Vievee Francis and Joshua Marie Wilkinson.
Reading: SLC Spoken Word Collective, Pearl Quick, Arhm Choi and Rachel McKibbens.
Reading: Jordan Sjol, Nikay Parede, Caroline Bergvall and John Whitworth
Day 3: Sunday April, 22nd
The afternoon began with a Conversation with Bernadette Mayer in Slonim House, in which festival guests and students had the opportunity to get to question Bernadette Mayer and listen to her read a few more poems. After “Brunch w/ B.” guests remained in Slonim where undergraduate Raven Matthews and graduate student G Taylor Davis read with features Ben Lerner and Mathias Svalina.
“Brunch with Bernadette”
Reading: Raven Matthews, G Taylor Davis, Ben Lerner and Mathias Svalina
Reading: Joseph Quintela, Sarah Levine and Craig Dworkin
Reading: Maria Snellings, Mya Green and Nikky Finney
Reading: Rachel Wilson, Janelle Vega, Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Li-Young Lee
Following these readings, the party returned to Slonim House where LUMINA celebrated the release of VOL XI. Featuring readings by: JESSICA CUELLO, MARIELLE PRINCE, RICK MOODY, LIZ TASHIRO, KENNETH CALHOUN, ANNE-E. WOOD, CHLOE CALDWELL, MICHAEL KLEIN and work by yours truly.
for information on next year’s festival click the link below