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Belfast Poetry Festival Expanding!
October 11 - October 13
The 14th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival is expanding its programming this year with three days of events October 11 – 13. Artists, dancers, singers, big-stage puppetry, and more poetry than ever will be on tap. Venues include Waterfall Arts, Left Bank Books, The Crosby Center, and Troy Howard Middle School. Most events are free.
On Thursday the 11th, 7 p.m., there will be a reading with contributors from 3 Nations
Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers at Waterfall Arts. Friday will bring
Belfast Poet Laureate Thomas Moore and poet, teacher and editor John Rosenwald together at Left Bank Books for “A Conversation in Poetry” at 7 p.m.
The Crosby Center will be Festival Headquarters on Saturday starting with a Morning Reception in the Lounge at 10, coffee and tea from Bella Books, and Belfast Fiddlers for a rousing start.
Free-form book sales welcome for any poet who wants to sell copies of their book. Poets will be responsible for managing their own sales.
Three simultaneous poetry workshops will be on from 11:00 to 12:30: Poetry and the Ecstatic
Tradition with John Rosenwald; Poetry and Poetics with Joel Lipman; and Poetry in Panels:
Turning Your Daily Life into Poetic Comics with Laura Grover. Early registration on the website
is encouraged, but there will be signups that day if space is available. The cost for workshops is $25 and $5 for high school or college students.
From 1:30 to 3:00, there will be a Pop-Up Open Poetry Reading in the Crosby’s small
performance space. Any poet can sign up and read one poem. The listening public is invited to witness this diverse, engaging event.
The big show is at the Troy Howard Middle School at 6:30 p.m. showcasing the months-long
collaborations of poets with visual artists and performers. The trio Tremolino will open with
fado, a fiery, soulful Portuguese music and poetry form. Collaborative teams include Adrian
Blevins and Annie Kloppenberg; The Poet’s Table; Katherine Hagopian Berry and Inventing
Trees Puppetry Troupe; Becca Shaw Glaser and Suzanne Stone; Gary Lawless and Elizabeth
Sinclair; Doug Rawlings, Terry Grasse, and Robert Shetterly.
For more information about the Festival, check belfastpoetry.com. To register for workshops,