Poetry Night: People’s State of the Union

Right to left: Poet Max Blagg, Poet Star Black

Come listen to live poetry based on real-life stories! Ten poets will read original works they wrote after being invited to listen to stories told by East End residents at the Parrish’s USDAC* Story Circle in January, when members of diverse communities shared personal experiences reflecting
the current state of the nation, addressing topics such as belonging,
racism, violence, patriotism, and the elections. Don’t miss the poetic interpretations of their stories by East End poets Tyler Armstrong, Star Black, Max Blagg, Megan Chaskey, Scott Chaskey, Sandra Dunn, RJT Haynes, Joe Lamport, Kathryn Levy, and Tyler Penny.

About the poets:

Tyler Armstrong is an ecologist, poet, and educator. A champion of local artists and poets, he has hosted poetry nights, wine and poetry series, and celebrations of National Poetry Month on the East End. He is an East Hampton Village Trustee.

Star Black has authored six collections of poetry and her poems have been anthologized in The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, 110 Stories: New York Writers After September 11, and The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1880 to The Present. She teaches Creative Writing and Literature in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.

Max Blagg is a widely published poet, author, and performance artist. He has authored four collections of poetry, chapbooks, and other literary ephemera. He has collaborated with artists including Larry Clark, Alex Katz, Jack Pierson, Richard Prince, and Keith Sonnier.

Megan Chaskey is a healer, author, and musician. In her recent book, Birdsong under the Wisdom Tree, Chaskey interweaves poem, journal entries, and memoir.

Scott Chaskey, a pioneer of the community farming movement, is the “poet farmer,” a published author, and farm director at the Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett.

Sandra Dunn is a poet and the immigration and civic engagement program director at the Hagedorn Foundation. She co-edited and co-translated Latinas Write/Escriben (2011), a bilingual anthology of memoirs by women in Herstory’s Spanish-language workshops.

RJT Haynes is a visual artist who spends his time between Cornwall, UK, and the East End, and whose paintings were in the Parrish’s 2016 Artists Choose Artists exhibition.

Joe Lamport is a writer and translator. Reading and translating the great Tang poets of China has been the single most important experience and influence in his life. His most recent book is an all-verse translation of classic Chinese novel The Adventures of Monkey King.

Kathryn Levy is author of the poetry collections Losing the Moon and Reports. Her work has appeared in Slate, Hanging Loose, and The Seattle Review, as well as the anthologies The Light of City and Sea, We Begin Here and Adventures in the Spirit. Her writing fellowships include awards from Yaddo, MacDowell and VCCA.

Tyler Allen Penny is a poet within the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton and a contributing editor for TSR: The Southampton Review. His poems have appeared in Columbia Journal, SALT JOURNAL, Deep South Magazine, and OF ZOOS.

*About the USDAC People’s State of the UnionThe People’s State of the Union is an invitation to anyone to host a national conversation in their homes, schools, houses of worship, cultural institutions, and community centers. Between January 27-February 5, 2017, hundreds of individuals and organizations across the U.S. hosted Story Circles. The concept was created by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC), an artists’ collective that is neither an official agency nor affiliated in any way with the federal government. The USDAC defines itself as “a people-powered movement dedicated to cultivating empathy, equity, and social imagination.” A collectively composed poem based on these stories was performed at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco on March 11 http://usdac.us/psotu

Advance reservations are encouraged. 

Admission is free for those who participated in the original USDAC Story Telling event. 

Friday nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group, Bridgehampton National Bank, and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.
Poetry Night: People’s State of the Union
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 6:00pm
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$12 | Free for Members, Children, and Students
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