Klinkhart Hall Arts Center, Inc. presents

2019 Sharon Springs Poetry Festival

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October 18 - 19, 2019

About the 2019 Festival . . .

Klinkhart Hall Arts Center is pleased to continue the tradition established by Festival founder Paul Muldoon of featuring distinguished poets to read, talk about their work, and conduct poetry workshops, all free to the public.

This year, we welcome award-winning California-based poet, nonfiction writer and educator Ellen Bass, Princeton University faculty member and award winning poet Michael Dickman, and best-selling novelist and poet Erica Jong.
(Click here to learn more about the poets.)

Complete Festival Events

All of the Festival events are free and open to the public.

  • The always popular Friday night readings by our visiting poets will take place at the Sharon Springs Central School Auditorium at 7:00 PM. (Click here for directions.)

  • On Saturday, October 19, Ellen Bass and Michael Dickman will join Paul Muldoon at 10:00 AM at the Sharon Springs Free Library to conduct free community workshops. (These workshops are always fully subscribed so pre-registration is required; watch here for details as the date approaches. )

The workshops will be followed by a full afternoon of special programming:

  • at 2:00 PM Ellen Bass will deliver a talk, “Strange Angels: Discovery in Poetry.”

  • at 3:00 PM, Michael Dickman will also deliver a talk, “Surprising Images and Lyric Moments in a Handful of Contemporary Poems.”

  • and at 5:00 PM, join us forErica Jong in Conversation with Jean Hanff Korelitz.”

All three of these events will take place at the Roseboro Hotel in historic “downtown” Sharon Springs. (Click here for directions.)

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SPECIAL NOTE: The Sharon Springs Poetry Festival always begins with one very special event that is not open to the public.

Prior to the public events of the Festival, Mr. Muldoon and the three visiting poets spend an entire day with middle and high school students and teachers from across the region. They read, they talk, they discuss the students' own poetry and conduct workshops.

Why are such well known poets willing to do this? Because, like us, they know it is important.

We believe that the arts are essential and that opportunities to learn and practice them contribute to the well being and development of diverse and democratic societies. What better way to show our commitment to these lofty ideals than to support the work and enthusiasm of our students?


Support for the 2019 Sharon springs poetry festival

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

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered in Schoharie County by The Greene County Council on the Arts.

Additional funding is provided by The Albert H. Shaheen Memorial Fund, through the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc.

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By Walmart, Cobleskill Supercenter, and Walmart Distribution Center, Sharon Springs.

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And by Sterling Insurance in Cobleskill.

Major support for the event is also provided by the American Hotel, with additional support from 204 Main Bistro, the Black Cat Cafe, the Roseboro Hotel, and from the many Friends of Klinkhart Hall.


2018 Sharon Springs Poetry Festival 

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About the 2018 Festival . . .

Thanks to the efforts of our festival founder, Paul Muldoon, the 2018 festival featured 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.

complete festival events

All of the Festival events were free to the public; here is a complete listing:

  • On Friday, October 19, the poets began their day conducting free poetry workshops with middle and high school students and teachers from Sharon Springs, Canajoharie, Cobleskill-Richmondville, and Cooperstown.

  • Friday, October 19 at 7 PM, there was a free public reading by all three visiting poets in the Sharon Springs Central School Auditorium.

  • On Saturday, October 20, Paul Muldoon and Billy Collins offered free poetry writing workshops at the Sharon Springs Free Library, 10 AM - 12 PM. Both workshops were fully subscribed with a waiting list.

  • Also on Saturday, October 20, Anne Waldman gave a talk to a full house at the Sharon Springs Free Library Community Room on her new book, Trickster Feminism (Penguin 2018).

  • Also on Saturday, October 20 at 2 PM a packed house at the Sharon Springs Free Library heard  Billy Collins in Conversation with Paul Muldoon; two great poets in talking about anything they wanted to talk about!

  • And finally, also on Saturday October 20 at 7 PM, "Your Poem or Mine," a new free event that gives members of the community a chance to share a favorite short poem or part of a longer one — their own or one by someone else. This event took place at the Roseboro Hotel.


Support for the 2018 Sharon Springs Poetry Festival

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

The 2018 Sharon Springs Poetry Festival was made possible by generous grants from the A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, Adelphi Paper Hangings, LLC, Sterling Insurance, Stewart’s Shops, and the Walmart Distribution Center.

Major support for the event was provided by the American Hotel, with additional support from 204 Main Bistro, the Black Cat Cafe, the Roseboro Hotel, and from the many Friends of Klinkhart Hall.


2017 Sharon Springs Poetry Festival . . .

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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 workshops (limited to twelve participants) with Paul Muldoon and Major Jackson 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.