Poetry Night: People’s State of the Union 2018

Poets Maggie Bloomfield, Kathy Engel, Cornelius Eady, and flutist Marya Martin

Join the Parrish Art Museum to kick off the Hamptons Arts Network Weekend (THAW) Fest with a program of original poetry by nine renowned writers, preceded by a solo flute performance by Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director Marya Martin

Poets Star Black, Max Blagg, Maggie Bloomfield, Megan Chaskey, Scott Chaskey, Cornelius Eady, Kathy Engel, Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan, and Lukas Ortiz will read original work inspired by personal experiences shared by community members at the Museum’s Story Circle in January that addressed topics such as belonging, racism, #MeToo, violence, patriotism, and more. 

Martin will perform Debussy’s Syrinx, a piece for solo flute, as a complement to the Parrish Story Circle. There is a Greek myth in which the nymph Syrinx escapes the lustful pursuit of Pan by turning herself into a reed, only to be made into a flute by Pan from that same reed. In the same way that the Story Circle stories become poetry, so too does myth inspire music.

The Story Circle and the Poetry Night are part of the USDAC People's State of the Union, an invitation to anyone to host a national conversation in their homes, schools, houses of worship, cultural institutions, and community centers. Between January 25-February 4, 2018, 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 not affiliated with the federal government but “a people-powered movement dedicated to cultivating empathy, equity, and social imagination.”

Advance reservations are encouraged. 

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

Friday nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group, BNB Bank, and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.
Poetry Night: People’s State of the Union and Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival performance
Part of the Hamptons Arts Network THAW Fest Weekend
Friday, March 23, 2018 - 6:00pm
ticket group
$12 | Free for Members, Children, and Students
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