The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Eli Todd: A Life in Poetry and Prose

Eli Todd: A Life in Poetry and Prose
April 29, 7:00 pm: Readings and Visual Art
April 30, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm: Fiction Workshop, 1:00 - 3:30 pm: Poetry Workshop
A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton MA 01060

A two-day celebration of the life and work of Eli Todd and his impact in the writing and arts community. Saturday evening will feature readings of Eli’s work and works by others inspired by or about him, as well as visual and other art produced or inspired by Eli. Light refreshments will be served. On Sunday we will hold two consecutive writing workshops – one for fiction, led by critically acclaimed novelist Meg R Wolitzer (The Interestings, The Wife) and the other for poetry, led by two accomplished poets and friends of Eli, Jack Nachmanovitch and Northampton’s own Chris Gonzalez. We plan to turn the writing workshops into annual events in Eli's memory, sponsored by the Northampton Center for the Arts, to promote and inspire emerging writers. The events on both days are free.

About Eli Todd
For one so young, Eli Todd created an unusually substantial body of work before his tragic death in October 2016 at the age of 23. His stories won the Fiction Prize the year he graduated with a BFA from Pratt University and have been published in The Agriculture Reader and The Literary Review. He was intensely engaged with the arts, writing and poetry community in Brooklyn where he lived following graduation from Pratt in 2015, giving readings at well-known venues like the Book Court (for the Literary Review) and the Zinc Bar, as well as numerous, more intimate settings; passionately engaging in the Brooklyn DIY music scene, including fronting for Luxury Condos at Shea Stadium, HECK and other DIY venues; and collaborating with friends in the visual arts, many of whom can testify to the influence Eli had on their thinking and work. More about his life can be found here::

Participation in the Workshops
The Fiction Workshop will run from 10:00am to 12:30pm. The Poetry Workshop will run from 1pm to 3:30pm. Participation in each of the Workshops is limited. Details on how to register are available on the website for the Northampton Center for the Arts:

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