2008 Poetry Festival

Fifth Annual Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival
Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27
Heimbold Visual Arts Center

The largest free poetry festival in the east, the fifth annual Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival, will be held Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27. Organized entirely by students, the Festival will feature readings by more than forty poets including Ron Padgett, Sage Francis, Sonia Sanchez, Bob Hicok, Carl Phillips, and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge. All readings will take place on the Sarah Lawrence Campus, a short train ride from Manhattan, in either the Heimbold Visual Arts Center or the Slonim Graduate House. The festival is co-sponsored by Poets & Writers Magazine, with support from the New York State Council for the Arts. Free shuttles will run from the Bronxville train station and free parking is available.  Please visit the Poetry Festival Web site for a detailed schedule. For more information, please call (914) 395-2412.

In addition to the readings, craft talks, panel discussions, receptions, book signings, a dinner barbeque, and an open mic are open to all attendees. The roster of prize-winning, emerging, and established poets also includes Lynn Emanuel, Ilya Kaminsky, Alex Lemon, Tracy K. Smith, Brenda Shaughnessy, Patrick Rosal, and Matthew Rohrer, as well as Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Kurt Brown, Suzanne Gardinier, and Victoria Redel, Sarah Lawrence College writing faculty members. A Sarah Lawrence graduate and undergraduate student will open each reading with brief readings of their own.

The Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival was created in 2004 by graduate student Liz Irmiter to celebrate the broad variety of voices existing in contemporary poetry—from formalism to free verse, from the lyric to the narrative to the experimental. Previous readers include Yusef Komunyakaa, Philip Levine, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Paul Muldoon, Kimiko Hahn, Mark Doty, Brenda Hillman, Tony Hoagland, Major Jackson, Galway Kinnell, Tom Lux, Sharon Olds, Nick Flynn, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Tomas Salamun, Patricia Smith, James Tate, Edwin Torres, and Ellen Bryant Voigt.

Sarah Lawrence College, a co-educational liberal arts college with eight graduate programs, is nationally recognized for its writing programs. A reading and reception launching the 2008 issue of LUMINA, the College's literary magazine will close the Festival.