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Skywriting: Poems & Planes

  • Poetry Barn 1693 New York 28A West Hurley, NY, 12491 United States (map)

The Poetry Barn is the former home of the Harry Everett Smith Memorial Library.  Smith, an important member of the Beats, and close friends with Allen Ginsberg, was an avant-garde artist, filmmaker, musicologist, and collector. Smith donated the largest known paper airplane collection in the world to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.

At this event, we’ll honor the Barn's cultural heritage by reading and writing poems about wings, flight, and transformation. Poets will be provided with templates to construct paper airplanes out of the poems they write, to either keep as objets d’art or to launch on a flight to be found someday by someone who needs to read it at that very moment in time.

$25 / includes materials, mid-day break & refreshments
Limited to 8

Closed to registration
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12:00-1:30: Introductions, readings, discussion
1:30-3:00:  Lunch & free writing time
3:00-5:00: Workshop

Teaching artist: Lissa Kiernan