Join us for an evening of Poetry in the Park with a distinguished group of local poets reading from their works in our amphitheater, surrounded by the lovely nature of the Berkshires.
From funny to transcendent, these poets explore a variety of diverse genres and weave creativity out of their own experiences.
Friday, July 12th @ 6pm
Rain date Sunday, July 14th at 1pm.
Suggested Donation $15 which includes admission to the park before the event. Members: free.
About the Poets:
Laura Didyk www.lauradidyk.com received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama in 2001, and her work has been published in Diagram, Fence, New Orleans Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Sun, and other journals. She has also been a resident writing fellow at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Her artwork and illustrations have been printed in Orion Magazine, No Tokens, Nelle, and others, and her series of fictional portraits, It Takes All Kinds, appears sporadically in The Berkshire Edge.
Lauren Ledoux is a native New Yorker living in Western Mass and is the assistant judge of the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest, and the North Street Book Prize. Her poetry has been published in Nerve House, Bareback, Feel the Word, Read This, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Kosmosis, One Night Stanzas, and other literary magazines. In 2015 she received her MSW at the University of Chicago, is a graduate of Bard College at Simon's Rock and an attendee of the New York State Summer Writer's Institute at Skidmore College. She has self-published three chapbooks, and received an honorable mention in the 2011 Wergle Flomp contest. In addition to her creative interests, Lauren works as a psycotherapist and runs a small private practice out of Florence, MA. Lauren lives with her husband, two dogs, and terrorist cat in the Pioneer Valley, and can pretty much quote the X-Files. For booking or friendly correspondence, she can be reached at SingerLaur@gmail.com
A poet of upstate New York, Steven Amash began his career with the release of his first collection Monotone World Celebrations (2015), a book that took him five years to compile. This release was followed by his more adventurous take on a lost love and an attempt to come to terms in Blonde (2016). The Warm Wind (2017) brings to question the necessity of companionship and the price of the faithful. Amash now resides in the Berkshires with his wife, the playwright, Theresa Speziale.
A poet, performance artist, and painter, Miss Expanding Universe questions stereotypes with sincere irreverence. Her most recent solo shows include Dreams Really Do Come True at Flux Factory in Long Island City, New York; Time Isn’t Real, Whiteness is a Lie, and Your Money Doesn’t Mean Anything at Chinatown Soup Gallery in New York City; and What Do Hairy Balls Have To Do With the Infinite Nature of the Universe? at Malba Arts Project in Flushing. Prior to that she has been included in shows in New York City, Taiwan, Chile, and Philadelphia. She has performed at MoMA and the bathroom stalls of the New Museum, and she is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Equity Fellowship. She has been awarded residency fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center, Ox-Bow, and The Wassaic Project.
Kristen Hewitt recently received her MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. Her writing has been published in Orion magazine, Kestrel, Terrain.org, Whitefish Review, and the Berkshire Edge. She’s been the Stonecourt Writer-in-Residence at the Berkshire Waldorf High School, and is an editor at Princeton Architectural Press in Hudson. She lives in Housatonic.