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WordXWord Festival 2016

Tuesday / August 9
3-4:30P
The Art of the Un-Love Poem workshop with Eve Ewing
Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA
5:30P
Poetry sCrawl
Starts at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, 444 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
A multi-stop poetry stroll through the Historic Cultural District of Downtown Pittsfield. Starts at Dottie’s and ends at the Berkshire Museum.
7:30P
Feature Night
Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street
Marquee performance introducing WXW 2016 poets-in-residence Eve Ewing, Safia Elhillo and Jayson P Smith.

photo: Safia Elhillo
Wednesday / August 10
3-4:30P
The Presence of Absence workshop with Safia Elhillo
Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA
5:30P
bSpoke! / Cadavre Exquis
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield, MA
Featuring the work of a variety of Berkshire poets, plus Exquisite Corpse - a massive multi-voice collaboration. Globally sourced, locally crafted. With Lisken Van Pelt Dus, CD Nelsen, Bruce Garlow, Kate Abbott, Carmen Major, Seth Brown, Jeanne Matthew Johnson, Stan Spencer, Curtis Asch & Melissa Quirk Cairns.
7:30P
WXW Poetry Slam Finals
Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, 444 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
Four finalists from the WordXWord Poetry Slam series go head to head vying for prizes and the title. With Curtis Asch, Grace Rossman, Cory Desmond & Caitlin Powers. Hosted by Melissa Quirk Cairns.
Thursday / August 11
1-4P
Teen & Young Adult Workshops
Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA
A round robin of workshops with Eve Ewing, Safia Elhillo, and Jayson P Smith. Open to ages 13 - 25
5P
Outspoken Youth Poetry Slam
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield, MA
Poets ages 13 - 25 speak their minds in friendly competition.
7:30P
#Kahoots: two minds/two voices plus guest feature by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA
Multi-voice pieces by young poets plus a guest feature by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib in celebration of his book release. With Grace Rossman, Cory Desmond, Sierra Desmond, Jonathan Stinson, Epiphany Thomas, Cassie Peltier, Ollie Kipp, Adam May, Lucy Burnett & Haley Couch.
Friday / August 12
3-4:30P
I Didn't Come Here To Make Friends: On Image & The Limits of "Reality" workshop with Jayson P Smith
Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA
6P
WXW Story Slam Finals
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield, MA
Four finalists is the WordXWord Story Slam series spin 5-minute true stories. The grand prize and bragging rights are on the line! With Curis Asch, Michael Kingsbury, CD Nelsen & Jennifer Holey. Hosted by James Burden.
8P
The Ragged Edge of Truth
Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA
Poets-in-residence Eve Ewing, Safia Elhillo and Jayson Smith join with a cast of regional voices in an attempt to grab truth by its ragged edge and pin it to the ground.

“Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its ragged edges; hence the conclusion of such a narration is apt to be less finished than an architectural finial.” - Herman Melville, Billy Budd

With Ty Allan Jackson, Stan Spencer, Nancy Garzon, Maya & Manju Bahl, Seth Brown, Miss Julian Gray, Izzy Nunes & Curtis Asch.

Saturday / August 13
8P
Festival Finale
Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA
The finale is truly a “best of the festival” meets-new-stuff, surprise cameos and recently discovered bits of genius. Featuring Eve Ewing, Safia Elhillo, and Jayson P Smith.
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