Oct. 3, 2017: AWARD WINNERS’ READING, Part One
7:00 Yenching Library (open to the public
Anna Rabinowitz, Sheila Margaret Motton Book Award
Lynn Pedersen, honorable mention, Sheila Margaret Motton Book Award
Krysten Hill, Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize
Vivian Shipley, honorable mention, Barbara Bradley Award
D.G. Geis, Firman Houghton Award
Hilde Weisert, Gretchen Warren Award
HOWL, the series debut of Emmanuel Music’s Late Night at Emmanuel in Back Bay at Emmanuel Church (15 Newbury Street) on September 23 at 8 pm (and again at 10 pm).
We’d like to extend a 20% discount for NEPC MEMBERS! By simply entering code: SAVE20 while ordering tickets for either set at www.EmmanuelMusic.org, members will receive the discount.
Emmanuel Music’s Late Night at Emmanuel is a series of programs fully curated by members of its acclaimed ensemble and is complemented by fun nibbles, drinks and composer and artist talkbacks.
What is HOWL?
The evening will feature “HOWL,” a speaker and string quartet that sets the poetry of Allen Ginsberg to music by Lee Hyla, performed by baritone David Kravitz and the Arneis Quartet. In addition, there are twosettings of Ginsberg’s poem “A Supermarket in California,” from Andy Vores and Elena Ruehr, both written for Kravitz and the Arneis Quartet. This poem describes an imaginary encounter between the poet and Walt Whitmen, whom Ginsberg greatly admired, as Whitman wanders around a supermarket, then out into the night, and finally to the Greek underworld.
The evening will also feature the world premiere of “Schwartzsongs” from Pulitzer-prize winning composer John Harbison. The threeSchwartzsongs were written between 2015 and 2017 and are the composer’s effort to reproduce the reciting and reading voice of renowned poet, educator and WBUR contributor, Lloyd Schwartz, who will narrate the program. Harbison’s composition “The Right to Pleasure,” for mezzo-soprano and string quintet, will receive its Boston premiere of the orchestrated version. It will be performed by mezzo-soprano Lynn Torgrove, the Arneis Quartet, and double bassist Randall Zigler.
Over the last several months, New England Poetry Club member John Perrault has had poems published in Blue Unicorn, Commonweal Magazine, The Comstock Review, The Lyric, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, and the 3 Nations Anthology (Resolute Bear Press). John Perrault’s Ballad of Harriet Tubman, “Araminta Was Her Name,” is also now available on YouTube.
Francis Blessington, member of the New England Poetry Club, has a new book out titled Poems from Underground (Deerbrook Editions, 2017). For reviews and more information about his new book, please see the flyer below!
The Millay Arts and Poetry Festival is a three day series of 35 events and performances, featuring more than 80 performers, authors, presenters, poets, actors, musicians, and visual artists. It is a celebration of the art and legacy of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Individual event tickets are now on sale for the 2017 festival, happening over September 7th, 8th, and 9th in Rockland, Maine. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://millayhouserockland.org/.
Thanks to poets Sam Cha, Carmellite Chamblin, and Donald Vincent for a fantastic reading @Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters and thanks to the Stewards for organizing and hosting!