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.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Florence Poetry Carnival

WHAT: Florence Poetry Carnival
WHEN: Saturday, April 27th from 2-6 pm
WHERE: Florence Civic building, 90 Park Street, Florence, MA 01062

On April 27th from 2-6 pm the first Florence Poetry Carnival will take place on the grounds of the Florence Civic building, 90 Park Street. As part of Massachusetts ArtWeek events in Hampshire County, the Poetry Carnival is an inclusive community event. Through activities and talks, Florence and Northampton will engage in writing, reading and listening to poetry. We will close out National Poetry Month in style. At 4:30 the highlight feature of outgoing Northampton poet laureate Amy Dryansky welcoming the new laureate, Karen Skolfield, will feature a reading by both poets, followed by conversation and Q&A with the audience. This portion of the afternoon is co-hosted by the Noho Arts Council. For this inaugural year of the Carnival, community participants include Forbes Library and the Emily Dickinson Museum. Individual writers, artists and performers will lead interactive writing projects such as poet themed custom mad libs. There is a $5.00 suggested donation for the Florence Poetry Carnival. It is an all ages event. Rain or shine poem-ing will happen.

Perugia Press will be there with books, prizes & a poetry activity. Here are some other highlights: 

  • Add a verse to the Forbes Library's Poetree, and after the Carnival, a chapbook of the verses will be made by the Forbes Library Zine Club.
  • The Emily Dickinson Museum will provide poetry-inspired crafts and activities.
  • Storyteller and poet Rochelle Wildfong’s project "The Story Basket" prompts people of all ages to spin a poem. 
  • Poet MadLibs customized by poet Mike Mercurio. 
  • Elements of the poems2go (P2G) project will be at the carnival. 
  • Readings of poems from the book Paradise Found: A Walking and Biking Tour of Northampton, Massachusetts through Poetry and Art. 
  • Hedgerow Press will guide you to a poem that reflects the tone and mood you describe.
  • Artist JuPong Lin

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