Klinkhart Hall Arts Center, Inc. is proud to sponsor the first Sharon Springs Poetry Festival, October 20-21, 2017. 

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UPDATE: Due to unexpected circumstances,  Marie Howe has been forced to cancel her appearance at the Poetry Festival. We are fortunate to have found an equally exciting and much-honored poet to step in: Monica Youn will join the lineup for the Friday reading at the Sharon Springs Central School Auditorium.

NEWS! To accommodate demand, a second free poetry workshop has been added on Saturday, October 21. The additional workshop will be conducted by Major Jackson at the Sharon Springs Free Library, 10 AM - 12 PM. Call the Library at 518-284-3126 to register.

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

  • 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. (Click here for directions.)
  • Plus, a free poetry workshop (limited to twelve participants) with Paul Muldoon at the Sharon Springs Free Library (click here for directions) on Saturday October 21(Call the Library at 518-284-3126 to register.)
  • To read more about the poets click here.
It's all free to the public thanks to our generous donors (see below).

(And don't forget about next year: October 18-20, 2018; Sharon Springs Poetry Festival already has former and current U.S. Poet Laureates Billy Collins and Tracy K. Smith on board, so stay tuned! )


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.