Klinkhart Hall Arts Center, Inc. presents

2018 Sharon Springs Poetry Festival 

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October 18-20, 2018

Sorry, you missed it! The 2018 Festival was a spectacular success so we will be back next year. In the meantime, we will leave the complete description of the 2018 event here for you to enjoy. Check back in the Spring or Summer for details of the 2019 Festival . . .

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About the 2018 Festival . . .

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.

Full details on Festival events are below, but first an important message: The Poetry Festival is free thanks to our generous donors — which can include you! How? Join us for . . .

A Fundraiser to support the Festival: Dinner with the Poets 

On Thursday October 18 at 6:30 PM at the American Hotel in Sharon Springs.

  • $75 ticket price INCLUDES a fabulous four course American Hotel dinner (dinner & gratuity included; cash bar available). Seating will be "family style."

  • Also includes an opportunity to meet the poets in advance of the public events.

  • Plus, each of the visiting poets -- Billy CollinsTracy K. Smith, and Anne Waldman -- will offer a special reading from their work. Festival founder Paul Muldoon will also be there!

  • 100% of the ticket price goes to support the Festival, thanks to the generosity of the American Hotel!

Tickets for the event are ONLY available through Brown Paper Tickets. This is the easiest, fastest and most secure way for us to insure that ALL of your contribution goes directly to support the Poetry Festival.

SEATING is limited!!! Click the “Buy tickets” image here to securely purchase tickets through the BPT site, or follow this link to make your secure purchase:


complete festival events

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

  • On Friday, October 19, the poets begin their day conducting poetry workshops with middle and high school students and teachers at Sharon Springs Central School. Students from Sharon Springs, Canajoharie, Cobleskill-Richmondville, and Cooperstown will participate (not open to the public: invited students & teachers only).

  • Friday, October 19 at 7 PM, a free public reading by all three visiting poets in the Sharon Springs Central School Auditorium (click here for directions.)

  • On Saturday, October 20, 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. (Click here for directions.)

JUST ADDED: Two new free events added for Saturday October 20:

  • at 9 AM at the Sharon Springs Free Library, Anne Waldman will talk about her recent book Trickster Feminism (Penguin 2018), a collection of writing rituals for protest and resistance. She will discuss the “trickster" as a mythic figure and claim it for women, and will suggest a creative “prompt” for those wishing to try their hands at writing such a “ritual” poem.

  • Also at the Library on Saturday, Billy Collins will offer a second poetry workshop (same time as the Muldoon workshop listed above; signup with the Library also required)
    • Also on Saturday, October 20 at 2 PM 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 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. The event will take place at the Roseboro Hotel, 205 Main Street in Sharon Springs, and will be emceed by Sharon Springs' mayor and American Hotel owner, Doug Plummer. (Click here for directions to the Roseboro Hotel.)

    Interested? here’s what you need to know:

    • Sign up to read at the door — first come first served on Saturday October 20 at 7 PM.

    • Keep it short — about 3 minutes max — so as many as possible can participate. Tell us briefly what it is, who wrote it, and why it’s important to you — or just read it, if you prefer.

    That’s it! Just show up with your favorite poem in hand (or in your head) and join in.

    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 is 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 is 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.

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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.