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 3, 2019

In With the New: Poets Laureate Read at Florence Poetry Carnival

In With the New: Poets Laureate Read at Florence Poetry Carnival

Outgoing Northampton poet laureate Amy Dryansky will introduce the new laureate to the community at the first Florence Poetry Carnival on Saturday, April 27 at 4:30pm. Dryansky will welcome the new laureate, Karen Skolfield, at an event that will feature a reading by both poets, followed by a conversation and Q & A with the audience.

The Florence Poetry Carnival is an all-volunteer event presented in conjunction with Massachusetts ArtWeek. The Carnival will take place on the grounds of the Florence Civic building at 90 Park Street. For this inaugural year of the Carnival community participants include Forbes Library and the Emily Dickinson Museum. Local poets will also share impromptu readings and engage the community in playful ways to listen and write as Florence closes out National Poetry Month.

The Poet Laureate position is funded by the Northampton Arts Council, an organization supported by the city of Northampton and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Florence Poetry Carnival is supported by a suggested donation of $5.00 per person, private donations and local businesses.

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