Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival Announces Spring 2018 Lineup

The festival will feature readings and panels by acclaimed poets and starts on April 20.

The Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival has announced its 2018 lineup, which will include former New York Poet Laureate Marie Howe, National Book Critics Circle Award winner D.A. Powell, and Chen Chen, the author of “When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities,” which was longlisted for the National Book Award.

This year’s other featured poets are 2015 Kundiman Poetry Prize winner Rajiv Mohabir, 2016 Walt Whitman Award winner Mai Der Vang, The Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award winner Tyree Daye, former Brooklyn Poet Laureate D. Nurkse, Fulbright Senior Research fellow Patrick Rosal, Lambda Literary Award winner Rigoberto González, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship recipient Angel Nafis, and performance poets Nia & Ness, who were the winners of the 2017 National Women's Music Festival Emerging Artist Contest. The festivities will conclude April 22 with a reading and conversation between D. Nurkse and Patrick Rosal.

The festival will run from Friday, April 20 through Sunday April 22, at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York.

“The Poetry Festival is a wonderful space and experience,” said Paige Lockard, who is co-director of the 2018 festival alongside Tara Jayakar. “It’s an opportunity to interact with poets that we’ve read, that we’ve studied, that we hold in our hearts. They bring their work to our community to share and explore what’s possible in poetry. I can’t express what an impact it had on me as an attendee last year, and I’m beyond thrilled to be a director this year.”

The Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival began in 2003, dedicated to bringing a wide array of emerging and established poetic voices to campus and to celebrate the art form with the Sarah Lawrence community as well as the surrounding area.

The Festival begins on Friday, April 20 with a reading by Nicole Sealey, Executive Director of Cave Canem and author of “Ordinary Beast,” one of NPR’s Most Anticipated Poetry Books of 2017.

In addition to readings and panels, the Festival will include student readers, who will open for the featured poets, as well as craft talks, book signings, receptions, dancing, and much more. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the Festival, please contact Festival directors Paige Lockard and Tara Jayakar at 914.395.2371 or via e-mail.


About Sarah Lawrence College

Founded in 1926, Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, coeducational liberal arts college that consistently ranks among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country. Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, the historic campus is home to an intellectually curious and diverse community.