2018 Sharon Springs Poetry Festival

presented by Klinkhart Hall Arts Center, Inc.

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October 18-20, 2018

We are very pleased that the Sharon Springs Poetry Festival is back for another year. Thanks to the efforts of our festival founder, Paul Muldoon, this year's festival features former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Current Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, and Anne Waldman, acclaimed poet and cultural activist. Click here to learn more about the poets.

That's a lineup of talent and literary awards you won't find just anywhere -- only in Sharon Springs, as a matter of fact.

This year's events will begin with a gala fundraising dinner with the poets at the American Hotel on Thursday October 18 (details forthcoming -- be patient!).  On Friday, October 19, the poets begin their day conducting poetry workshops with middle and high school students at Sharon Springs Central School and end it with a free public reading at 7 PM in the School Auditorium. On Saturday, Paul Muldoon will again conduct a free poetry writing workshop at the Sharon Springs Free Library, 10 AM - 12 PM (pre-registration required; contact the Library at 518-284-3126 to sign up).

At 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 20 in the Sharon Springs Free Library, you can attend another free event: Billy Collins in Conversation with Paul Muldoon; a unique opportunity to hear two great poets talk about -- anything they want to talk about!

Also on Saturday October 20 at 7 PM, "Your Poem or Mine," a new free event for members of the community to read a favorite poem. Details are still being worked out, but the event will take place at the Roseboro Hotel and will be emceed by Sharon Springs' own"Fabulous Beekman Boys," Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell. 

We'll keep you posted on details for all these events by email, on the website, and on Facebook, but be sure to mark your calendar now -- you do not want to miss this!

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All about the 2017 Sharon Springs
Poetry Festival . . .

Due to unexpected circumstances,  Marie Howe (named on the poster) was forced to cancel her appearance at the Poetry Festival. But we were fortunate to find an equally exciting and much-honored poet to step in: Monica Youn joined the lineup for the Friday reading at the Sharon Springs Central School Auditorium.

To accommodate demand, a second free poetry workshop has been added on Saturday, October 21. The additional workshop was conducted by Major Jackson at the Sharon Springs Free Library, 10 AM - 12 PM.

This was no ordinary event! Pulitzer Prize winner, internationally known poet and Sharon Springs resident Paul Muldoon came to us with the idea and was instrumental in making it happen. Festival events included:

  • Student workshops at Sharon Springs Central School and Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School. 
  • Free public reading Friday, October 20, 6:00 - 7:30 PM by three nationally recognized poets: Major Jackson, Robert Pinsky, and Monica Youn at the Sharon Springs Central School Auditorium. 
  • Plus, a free poetry workshop (limited to twelve participants) with Paul Muldoon at the Sharon Springs Free Library on Saturday October 21.
  • To read more about the poets click here.
It's was all free to the public thanks to our generous donors (see below).


Donors for the 2017 Sharon Springs Poetry Festival

Klinkhart Hall Arts Center depends on donations from individuals, foundations, corporations and public agencies to support its programming activities.

This event is made possible by a generous anonymous grant, with additional funding from the Sharon Springs Walmart Distribution Center, Cherry Valley-Springfield Endowment Foundation, Lappeus Funeral Home, and from Poets & Writers, Readings and Workshops program, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Generous in-kind support was received from 204 Main Bistro, the American Hotel, and the Black Cat Cafe, all in Sharon Springs, NY.