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.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Forbes Library Announces Next Writer in Residence



Forbes Library has selected Art Middleton as its new Writer in
Residence. Mr. Middleton will begin a two year term in July succeeding
Naila Moreira who has held the post for three years.

The Writer in Residence is a professional writer who furthers the
library’s fundamental mission by volunteering approximately five hours
each week creating, offering and promoting library programming. The
intention of the WIR program is to further the engagement between the
library and the community’s writers and readers. “We are so fortunate
to live in an area with such a rich literary community. Having a
Writer in Residence at the library allows us to reach out to writers
as well as to readers in our community in innovative and meaningful
ways,” said Lisa Downing, Library Director.

Art Middleton is a writer, educator, and parent interested in
exploring the experience of work, time, care, and community, themes
that have shown up in his zines, fiction, prose, performance, and
curation. His work has been published and performed in many
independent presses and spaces, most recently a collaboration with
poet Nicole Trigg in the zine Macaroni Necklace out of Oakland, CA. In
2011, he organized the Magic Child Repository, a gallery exhibit
celebrating small press and handmade book culture in Providence, RI.
Informed by his experience as a nursing/personal assistant, adjunct
professor, and food service employee (a wide but not entirely
tangential resume), his fiction draws from the mundane and the
everyday to ask questions about how individuals orient themselves in
history and place. He currently works as a writing instructor and
English lecturer with a focus on utopian longing in politics and
literature.

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