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Poets Creating Conversation

Race in America

April 30, 7P
Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield
[Free]

For this event, the poet’s challenge is to use their art to explore and share personal journeys around race and xenophobia - issues that are inexorably wrapped around the history of America and reflected in much of the current discourse. By sharing personal stories, observations, moments of inspiration, and hope, we look to create a broad poetic tapestry with a goal that the resulting “conversation” between creative voices will make us stronger. Information for poets interested in sharing their work.

Poets Creating Conversation is a multi-part series that asks poets to help us unpack and navigate through issues that we are all inexorably wrapped in. Expect hard truths and humor; cautionary tales and inspirational stories all rolled into a fast paced program.

Poets Creating Conversation

Incarceration in America

May 21, 7P
Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield
[Free]

“[P]risons do not disappear problems, they disappear human beings. And the practice of disappearing vast numbers of people from poor, immigrant, and racially marginalized communities has literally become big business.” - Angela Davis

The poet’s challenge: In the US, there are nearly 7 million persons under correctional supervision. Multiply that by friends and family and there’s a lot to talk about. During the month of May, The Whit will host an exhibit of art created by incarcerated persons offering a powerful physical context for this event! Information for poets interested in sharing their work.

Poets Creating Conversation is a multi-part series that asks poets to help us unpack and navigate through issues that we are all inexorably wrapped in. Expect hard truths and humor; cautionary tales and inspirational stories all rolled into a fast paced program.

Poets Creating Conversation

Working in America

June 25, 7P
Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield
[Free]

For this event, the poet’s challenge is to use their art to explore and share personal stories centered around working in America - the challenges, triumphs and realities - from work we love to work that doesn't love us back. Information for poets interested in sharing their work

“Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying." - Studs Terkel

Poets Creating Conversation is a multi-part series that asks poets to help us unpack and navigate through issues that we are all inexorably wrapped in. Expect hard truths and humor; cautionary tales and inspirational stories all rolled into a fast paced program.

Poets Creating Conversation

We invite poets to join us for a series of four events focusing on important themes/issues in our current national discourse. Find out more >