Praise You Like I Should: Writing the Praise Poem
2:00 PM14:00

Praise You Like I Should: Writing the Praise Poem

What are you grateful for? A friend, your home, your pet, your favorite food? Spend an afternoon writing a poem that celebrates something you love. At the end of the workshop, you’ll share your poem with the group.

Storyteller, musician, poet, actor, and writer David Gonzalez will provide examples, prompts, and inspiration on writing poems of praise.

Ages 9-13

Limited to 15. Light refreshments will be served during a 1/2 break.

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Rebel Poet: Philippe Petit
4:00 PM16:00

Rebel Poet: Philippe Petit

Philippe Petit, WTC Walk, August 1974

Philippe Petit, WTC Walk, August 1974

“Suspended between the tangible and the ephemeral, I find myself pondering: Would anyone but a crazed bicephalous being, half engineer, half poet, willingly shackle himself to a venture of such magnitude? I am a prisoner of my dream.”

—Philippe Petit, Man on Wire

“Creativity takes courage.”

—Henri Matisse

Join renowned high-wire artist Philippe Petit in a lively impromptu conversation on creativity and risk-taking, and to hear him read his first published poem!

As chronicled in his Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire, Mr. Petit is best known for accomplishing what has been called the “artistic crime of the century,” a breathtaking, illegal high-wire walk between New York City’s former Twin Towers.

Petit says walking on that cable was an effort to “extend the boundaries of poetry.” Petit’s book Creativity: The Perfect Crime reveals new and unconventional ways of going about the artistic endeavor—from generating and shaping ideas to practicing and problem-solving to pulling off the coup itself—executing a finished work.

A limited number of tickets are available. Directions/parking Information provided upon registration.

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The Living Object: Image & Movement inside the Lyrical Narrative Poem


The Master Craft workshop during our Peak Color Poetry Retreat will revolve around a daily workshop led by Judith Vollmer titled “The Living Object: Image & Movement.” Participants will work with prompts and objects, do observational field work, and study poems by highly visual poets.

A poem’s invitation to explore its visual field means paying attention to image and how it works on its own dynamic motion. Image might arrive via observation, description, or odd perception, and then it takes off. Cesare Pavese praises the image’s magic in moving downward and through a poem, with a radiant force-field or sphere of its own making. 

Ms. Vollmer will open each workshop session with a micro craft talk, touching on poetic tradition(s) in which poets became obsessed with the image and/or the object and, in the process, changed poetry. Participants will work with prompts involving found objects, “tiny walks,” guided dialogue bits, and companion-objects that can accompany us during the weekend.

Ms. Vollmer will encourage participants to put themselves on automatic-writing-pilot in order to compose new poems and poem-drafts. On pilot-time, she says, "we'll both perceive and absorb where we are,  as well as pay close attention to our daydreaming, night-dreaming, and the light and shadows on the land we’re walking."

Poets who have registered for the retreat are invited to send 2-3 poems, or 3 pages maximum of poems, in a single Word Document, no later than Friday, September 28. (email address provided after registration). Ms. Vollmer will read the poems before the retreat and will select a poem from each poet for one of our workshop discussions. 


Judith Vollmer

Judith Vollmer is the author of five full-length books of poetry, including The Apollonia Poems, awarded the University of Wisconsin Press Four Lakes Prize (2017). Vollmer teaches in the Low Residency MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in Translation at Drew University. She is a recipient of the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of Pittsburgh and is a founding editor of the literary journal 5 AM. 

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Keep Exploring
6:00 PM18:00

Keep Exploring


Get ready for an evening of poetry and prose about place, discovery, and search!

This is the first Poetry Barn reading happening at the stunning new barn at The Forsyth B&B in Kingston, NY (one block from the marina in the burgeoning Rondout section). We’ll get started at 6 pm.

Because we know a good thing when we hear it, we’ve borrowed The Forsyth’s “Keep Exploring” theme for our evening. Each of the nine writers will have approximately 10-15 minutes to transport you!

The reading is offered free of charge, with any donations benefiting The Explorers Club for young adults ages 16-30. “The primary objective of the Club is to identify the next Henson, Hillary, or Heyerdahl and foster those traits of vision, courage, and tenacity that make exploration among the most compelling and relevant of high-risk enterprises.”


  • Th e r e s e  L. B r o d e r i c k
  • Ka r e n  H i l d e b r a n d
  • K a t e  H y m e s
  • C h r i s t o p h e r  Lo c k e
  • M a r c i a  B. Lo u g h r a n
  • Ja n a  M a r t i n
  • S u s a n  Pe t r i e
  • V i o l e t  S n o w
  • A n i q u e  S a r a  Ta y l o r

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Catskill Mountains Book Festival
10:00 AM10:00

Catskill Mountains Book Festival

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for at the Catskill Interpretive Center's third annual festival celebrating reading and writing in the Catskills! Meet acclaimed authors and see what's new from local small presses; enjoy panels and presentations on the past, present and future of Catskills lit, and engage with local libraries, art and literacy groups to try your hand at creative writing, illustration, and bookmaking.

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