June: 24: Catskill Interpretative Center Book Fair
The Catskill Interpretive Center Book Fair is a working collaboration between the Catskill Center, Writers in the Mountain and Poetry Barn. An exhibitors’ tent will feature books from such regional publishers as Black Dome Press, Bushwhack Books, Calling All Poets, Hope Farm Press, McPherson & Co., Post Traumatic Press, Purple Mountain Press and WoodstockArts.
Come with friends, family and your picnic baskets to listen to the finest Catskill authors discuss the glories of the Hudson River Valley!
"We shall not wilt. Let a thousand flowers bloom." — Abbie Hoffman, Workshop in Nonviolence, May 1967
The expression "flower power" was coined by the American beat poet Allen Ginsberg as a way to re-visualize war protests into peaceful affirmative spectacles. Although war has not gone away despite exhortations of the peaceful, affirmations from its experience can be realized.
Dharma Bums: Hiking & Haiku
"A real haiku’s gotta be as simple as porridge and yet make you see the real thing, " Japhy Ryder (aka Gary Synder, in The Dharma Bums).
Jack Kerouac's 1958 novel TheDharma Bums is a chronicle of some of the greatest Beat and Americana authors of all time. Poets like Kenneth Rexroth, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, among others, are all fictitiously portrayed in The Dharma Bums.
This two-day workshop will adopt one of the novel's central points of inspiration—mountains. Although it will be impossible to take a tour of the famous mountains Ray Smith does in The Dharma Bums, we will challenge ourselves, in the pursuit of inspiration, with a moderate hike on the Catskill's Ashokan High Point Trail, near the Poetry Barn.
Significant Others: The Women Beats
Though largely overlooked and unknown in comparison to their male counterparts, to those who would delve deeper, the women at the core of the Beat movement -- Anne Waldman, Joanne Kyger, Joan Vollmer, Diane di Prima, Joyce Johnson, and Carolyn Cassady, and Denise Levertov -- were literary superstars in their own right.
What were their contributions to the literary canon? Did they embrace the freedoms of sex, drugs, and the open road as wholly as their male peers? Why were they not as celebrated as they should have been?