H & H Events—Spring 2008.
 

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— Spring 2008 —

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News! Update on National Poetry Out Loud Contests

Spring is here, with poetry readings in central and northern New Jersey, a gala improvisational poetry, dance, and music event in New York City, a reading at an art gallery opening in Connecticut, a new poetry workshop for adults, work with the New Jersey participants in the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, and residencies for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Arts in Education Program and the New Jersey Writers Project. Click on the links for more information. For an overview of our activities over the past several seasons in New Jersey, New York, Canada, Japan, and the American West, please visit the Past Events Index page. The page contains links to our online scrapbooks and archives of many events. (For information on many of our books, with sample pages from several, go to From Here Press.)

Poetry Readings in New Jersey

West Caldwell Public Library
30 Clinton Rd.
West Caldwell, New Jersey
973-226-5441

Event conceived and coordinated by Diane Lockward. For information and directions, visit her web site: http://www.dianelockward.com/about1.html.

Saturday, 15 March 2008, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Community Room
West Caldwell Public Library
Free Admission, Refreshments

Girl Talk: A Women's Poetry Reading
Featuring Penny Harter & Others
followed by a Tea Party

In honor of Women’s History Month, 24 women poets from throughout New Jersey will read their published poems that deal with women’s issues.

Tea Party Following the Reading—Please join the poets for coffee, tea, cookies, and conversation.

Books by the poets will be available for sale and signing, including Penny's new collection, The Night Marsh, and the new anthology of poems by members of the Wom-Po Listserv, Letters to the World.


Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble
Clifton Commons
395 State Route 3 East
Clifton, NJ 07014
973-779-5500
Link here to directions.

Thursday, 3 April 2008, 7:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble, Clifton
Free Admission

Celebrating Lips Magazine, Issue 28/29:
Poetry Reading Featuring Penny Harter & Others

Laura Boss's Lips magazine has been a constant on the New Jersey poetry scene for well over twenty years, publishing the poems of a wide variety of Beat, New York Metro, and nationally prominent poets. This event will feature a number of contributors from the current issue, a memorial to Michael Benedikt, which includes work by Robert Bly, Emanuel di Pasquale, D. M. Dutcher, Maria Maziotti Gillan, Gloria Healy, Mark Hillringhouse, Charles H. Johnson, Adele Kenny, Richard Kostelanetz, Lyn Lifshin, Diane Lockward, Charlotte Mandel, Edwin Romond, Carole Stone, Madeline Tiger, and a dozen more. Copies of Lips will be available for sale.


Barnes & Noble

Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon St.
Princeton, NJ 08542
609-924-9529
For directions, the library suggests Yahoo! Maps.

Sunday, 6 April 2008, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Princeton Public Library, Princeton
Free Admission, Refreshments

Publication Party, U.S. 1 Worksheets,
featuring Penny Harter, William J. Higginson, & Others

Help us all celebrate the publication of the newest annual U.S. 1 Worksheets, Volume 53. U.S. 1 is one of the oldest poetry publishing collectives in the country—maybe the oldest—and a vibrant community of poets who meet in small workshop groups throughout the year. Their annual issue is a high spot in the NJ poetry year.

This will be a gala event, with refreshments.

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Barnes & Noble

Jefferson Township Public Library
1031 Weldon Rd. Oak Ridge, NJ 07438
Phone: (973) 208-6115

Come to the Jefferson Township Public Library! Get directions on their web site at http://www.jeffersonlibrary.net/.


Tuesday, 29 April 2008, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Jefferson Township Public Library, Oak Ridge, NJ
Free Admission

National Poetry Month Reading:
Penny Harter & Workshop Poets

Penny will offer a number of poems from her just-published collection, The Night Marsh (and perhaps a few favorites from earlier books), copies of which will be available for purchase.

The evening will also feature poets who have workshopped their poems with Penny and fellow poets at the library earlier in the month. See below for details on how to participate in the free workshop.

For more information, contact Christine O'Brien by e-mail or phone: 973-208-6115.


Bill reading at
The Poetry Center
(Click on the photo for an album of photos
from the event, by Anthony Buccino.)
Hamilton Club Building
Passaic County Community College
32 Church Street
Paterson, NJ 07505
(973) 684-6555
Directions to the Poetry Center.

Saturday, 10 May 2008, 1:00 p.m.
The Poetry Center, Paterson, NJ
Free Admission, Refreshments

Poetry Reading Celebrating
North Jersey Anthology
Featuring William J. Higginson & Others

Join Bill and other poets reading from the new anthology William Carlos Williams and the Poetry of Place: North Jersey. The anthology consists entirely of previously unpublished poems and essays "honoring the legacy of William Carlos Williams" and celebrating urban northern New Jersey. Copies of the new anthology will be available for sale.

History and art buffs will not want to miss the opportunity to visit the historic Hamilton Club of Paterson, a landmark building and a fascinating gallery of 19th century American art.

The Poetry Center strives to maintain a barrier-free facility including complete access for patrons using wheelchairs, large print materials, sign-interpreted programs, FM listening systems and open-captioning. Please contact (973) 684-6555 for availability of services.

New York City Performance

See Sachiyo Ito, poets, and muscians in action:

Tenri Cultural Institute
47A East 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
212.645.2800

Sunday, 1 June 2008, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Tenri Cultural Institute, New York City
Tickets: $15 (Student / Senior $10)
Information and Tickets: Sachiyo Ito and Company at 212-627-0265

Renku & Dance:
Improvisational Poetry with William J. Higginson, Penny Harter, and John Stevenson
Improvisational Dance with Sachiyo Ito, plus Masayo Ishigure on koto, James Nyoraku Shlefer on shakuhachi, and Yukio Tsuji on percussion

This will be the third time that Higginson, Harter, and Stevenson have teamed with Sachiyo Ito and musicians to produce a live improvisational event based in contemporary, American adaptations of three Japanese art forms: dance, poetry, and music. Sachiyo Ito is noted for her fusion of classical Japanese and modern dance; the three poets are all leaders in the global movement for collaborative writing in the Japanese style known as "renku" (linked verse), and they will be joined by a group of musicians trained in classical Japanese instruments who work in the New York area's burgeoning Jazz-fusion scene.

These are one-of-a-kind events, 90% improvisational in all three art forms. You have to be there to grasp it! Attend, and have a chance to see and hear dance and music improvisation based on your own haiku. Contact Bill for more information.

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Connecticut Reading

"The Church at Taos Pueblo"
Stained glass by Gloria Casale

"Warrier Shield"
Mixed media by K. D. Fullerton

Visions Toward Wellness Gallery
116 Thimble Island Road
Branford, CT 06405
203-535-3203

Click here for Google Maps locator, which will allow you to get directions and map from your location..

Sunday, 8 June 2008, 2:00–5:30 p.m.
Visions Toward Wellness Gallery,
Branford, Connecticut
Free Admission

Art Opening: Works by New Mexico Artists Gloria Casale and K. D. Fullerton with Poetry reading and book-signing by Penny Harter and William J. Higginson

Gloria Casale, M.D., has worked in many art media including photography, stained glass, fused glass, watercolor and acrylic painting, and needle art. New Mexico provides inspiration for the creation of her works in fused glass and stained glass, and her semiprecious gem jewelry. Each unique piece is created in her home studio in Sandia Park, New Mexico. Her stained glass piece commemorating the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11 is on permanent exhibition in the New York and New Jersey Port Authority offices on Park Avenue in NYC. She has also received awards from the New Mexico State Fair. Her work is on exhibit at Amapola Gallery in Old Town, Albuquerque, and at War Dancer Gallery in Las Vegas, NM.

K. D. Fullerton draws inspiration for her work from the rock art and ancient potters of her New Mexico homeland. Found metal pieces add dimension to her shields, masks and whimsical pieces. Using two different colored clay bodies and a minimum of two different firing techniques K. D. develops intriguing shapes and unusual designs. Her masks, shields, tiles and whimsical pieces are available at Amapola Gallery in Old Town, Albuquerque, Stephenson Gallery in Santa Fe, and El Prado Gallery in Sedona, Arizona.

From 3–4 p.m., Penny and Bill will read from their works, especially emphasizing poems which deal with healing, reflect their own New Mexico experience, or which link to the art by Gloria and K. D.

Contact Bill or Penny for more information.

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Poetry Workshops

Jefferson Township Public Library
1031 Weldon Rd. Oak Ridge, NJ 07438
Phone: (973) 208-6115

Come to the Jefferson Township Public Library! Get directions on their web site at http://www.jeffersonlibrary.net/

Two Thursdays, 17 & 24 April 2008, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Jefferson Township Public Library, Oak Ridge, NJ
Free Admission

National Poetry Month Workshop with
Penny Harter

Poetry Workshop: A three-session writing and sharing class for beginning and experienced poets. The third session (see above) will feature a public reading by the workshop leader, poet Penny Harter, and by students who wish to participate.

Those wishing to participate in the Poetry Workshop with Penny Harter must sign up for either or both dates. (All participants in the workshop may read at the 29 April reading, but signing up for the workshop does not obligate you to read at that event.) Sign up here for 17 April and here for 24 April. You may also register in person at the workshop, though prior registration is encouraged to ensure that space is available..

For more information, contact Christine O'Brien by e-mail or phone: 973-208-6115.

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New Jersey Poetry Out Loud

The Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Competition is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The competition begins at the classroom level, with winners advancing to schoolwide, and then regional and statewide contests. The New Jersey winner will recite three poems at the national finals in Washington, D.C., in late April, where substantial scholarships and school prizes will be awarded. See our Winter 2007–2008 Events page for our previous work in POL this academic year. Bill has also served as accuracy judge for the three regional POL contests in Rutherford, Red Bank, and Camden, and will do so again at the New Jersey State Poetry Out Loud Contest at New Jersey Network Studios, Trenton, on Thursday, 27 March 2008. News Flash! Allison Strong, a student we worked with at Union Hill High School, Union City, is the 2008 New Jersey State Poetry Out Loud Champion! See the official announcement here: http://www.jerseyarts.com/poetry/outloud.asp, and enjoy a video of the entire state finals program on the New Jersey Network web site, here: http://njn.net/artsculture/poetryoutloud/. In D.C. on 29 April, Allison was one of 5 national finalists selected from the 52 contestants! See the story of Allison's advance to the finals on the USA Today web site. (Follow the "Audio Slide Show" link, or click on Allison's photograph, and go to the second poet to see and hear Allison deliver Sylvia Plath's "Fever 103°"—chilling!) (back to top)

New Jersey Arts in Education Residencies

Commemorative Throw
Produced by the Kenilworth Historical Society
to honor the borough's 100th anniversary, 2007.
Click on the image for the Historical Society's web site.

January–May 2008
David Brearley High School,
Kenilworth, New Jersey

"Kenilworth History Now"—with
Nanci Hersh, printmaker, and
Penny Harter, writer

Under a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts administered by Arts Horizons, David Brearley High School is hosting a long-term artist residency program joining printmaking, photography, business, and writing. The program is co-sponsored by the Kenilworth Historical Society.

The purpose of the grant is to document the history of Kenilworth as it is being made by capturing its present-day culture. Photography classes are documenting Kenilworth in photographs. Students in printmaking and ceramics classes are creating prints of their favorite images from these photographs, with the help of visiting printmaker Nanci Hersh. Penny is coaching literary magazine students as they compose writings to accompany the prints. The entrepreneurship class is collecting recipes from the school community and will compile a cookbook to include them along with the prints, writings, and photographs. The resulting cookbook will be a record of the town in 2008. Proceeds from cookbook sales will benefit Bears in Business and the Art Department at the school.

Further information can be found on the school's Art Department web site, with links to student prints from the project. DBHS art teacher Janice Marsili is coordinating the program. (If you are interested in having Nanci, Penny, or other teaching-artists at your school, learn more about residencies in the New Jersey Arts in Education program by contacting Maggie Hunter at Arts Horizons through their web page.) (back to top)


River Dell Regional High School

Joining two New Jersey communities, Oradel and River Edge, River Dell Regional High School provides outstanding teachers and a positive environment for its ethnically diverse student body.

From Japanese

to

American Poems

While haiku and other Japanese-derived poetries are the heart of this residency, we will also explore short poems from other cultures, such as the Korean sijo, the classical Chinese quatrain, and short poems in Spanish and other languages. Just as America and River Dell High School welcome people from many countries, so also American poetry accepts and adapts poetry styles from many cultures.

This program concluded with a public performance and exhibition at the school of works produced during this long-term Arts in Education residency, on the afternoon of 15 April 2008.

For more information on materials and lessons used in this residency, contact Bill. (Delete slants from the e-mail address.)

November 2007–April 2008
River Dell Regional High School,
Oradell, New Jersey

"Haiku and the American Dream"—with
William J. Higginson, poet,
Eileen Foti, printmaker, and
Ron McBee, percussionist

Under a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts administered by Arts Horizons, River Dell Regional High School is hosting a long-term artist residency program joining poetry, printmaking, and performing arts.

Writing by the students focus on American adaptations of haiku and related poetries originating in Japan, and include short poems from other cultures, with Spanish, Chinese, and other models. The program demonstrates that American poetry, like all of American culture, involves adoption and adaptation of many different elements from around the world. Bill is the master artist in this residency program.

Following a planning meeting with teachers and school administrators, Bill is visiting the sophomore English classes at River Dell High School, preparing students for a substantial public exhibit and performance of their writing in April, National Poetry Month. In each class, he encourages students to write new poems, to revise, edit, and perform their work.

As students progress in their writing, they will also receive instruction in printmaking with visual artist Eileen Foti, and in embellishing their performance with persussionist Ron McBee. The project will conclude with a public performance and exhibition of student writings, percussion compositions, and art prints. (Note that Eileen has been practically commuting to South Africa for a decade, where she was instrumental in establishing paper- and printmaking programs in numerous places. Recently, she has written and co-produced a movie about this work and one of the African printmakers involved, A Ripple in the Water.)

Bill's residency included a faculty workshop in creative writing strategies for the classroom, and he and the other visiting artists are working with English teachers Kathy Franzino, Carolyn Krzastek, and Demetra Stathis, as well as art teacher Gale Sasson and music teacher Lisa Smith. Supervisor Matthew Cahn is coordinating the program at RDHS. (If you are interested in having Bill, Eileen, Ron, or other teaching-artists at your school, learn more about residencies in the New Jersey Arts in Education program by contacting Maggie Hunter at Arts Horizons through their web page.) (back to top)

New Jersey Writers Project Residencies

Cedar Hill School

Cedar Hill School, Towaco

Click on the image above to go to the school's web site at http://www.montville.net/cedarhill/.

25–29 February 2008
Cedar Hill School, Towaco, NJ

NJWP: Penny Harter & William J. Higginson

In an intensive residency week, Bill and Penny conducted workshops in prose writing with students in all of Cedar Hill's third, fourth, and fifth-grade classes. We visited each class four times, providing writing lessons and guidance. During our final lessons with each group, we assisted students in identifying their best work and editing it into final drafts. Student writing from the residency will be displayed in the school or published in class anthologies. Parent Keri Spitz coordinated the residency.

If you are interested in having Penny Harter or Bill Higginson as poet-in-residence at your school, learn more about residencies in the New Jersey Writers Project and contact Playwrights Theatre through their web page at http://www.ptnj.org/NJWP/NewJerseyWritersProject.htm.


Deerfield School

Lincoln-Hubbard School. Click on the photo to visit their web page at http://www.summit.k12.nj.us/sps/lincoln-hubbard/Lincolnmain.html.

March 2008
Lincoln-Hubbard School, Summit, NJ

NJWP: Penny Harter

This is the third year Penny has been the writer-in-the-classroom at Lincoln-Hubbard. During her four-day residency, she will encourage fifth-grade students to write new poems each day, along with revising, editing, and sharing their work.

Penny's residency is coordinated by Michelle Ehrich.

If you are interested in having Penny Harter as poet-in-residence at your school, learn more about residencies in the New Jersey Writers Project and contact Playwrights Theatre through their web page at http://www.ptnj.org/NJWP/NewJerseyWritersProject.htm.


Deerfield School

Deerfield School. Click on the photo to visit their web page at http://www.mountainsideschools.org/index.php/Deerfield.html.

March 2008
Deerfield School, Mountainside

NJWP: Penny Harter

After a planning meeting and workshop with the language arts teachers, Penny will conduct poetry workshops with the fifth-grade classes.

Penny's residency is coordinated by Barbara Dubno.

If you are interested in having Penny Harter as poet-in-residence at your school, learn more about residencies in the New Jersey Writers Project and contact Playwrights Theatre through their web page at http://www.ptnj.org/NJWP/NewJerseyWritersProject.htm.


Chatham Middle School, left

Chatham Middle School, left

Click on the photo to visit one of their web sites at: http://sdoc.schoolwires.com/cms/site/default.asp.

May 2008
Chatham Middle School, Chatham

NJWP: Penny Harter

On two days, Penny will work with gifted and talented students, conducting poetry workshops as part of an enrichment program coordinated by Monica Guinan.

If you are interested in having Penny Harter as poet-in-residence at your school, learn more about residencies in the New Jersey Writers Project and contact Playwrights Theatre through their web page at http://www.ptnj.org/NJWP/NewJerseyWritersProject.htm.


Cedar Hill School

Washington Elementary School
Washington Township
Bergen County, NJ

Click on the image above to go to the school's web site at http://www.wwrsd.org/washingtones/.

May 2008
Washington Elementary School
Washington Township , NJ

NJWP: Penny Harter & William J. Higginson

Penny is conducting workshops in poetry writing with all of Washington School's third and fourth-grade students, with Bill's assistance. We are working with special classes set up for this residency, which focuses on giving these students a creative writing experience, regardless of academic achievement or special needs. During our final lesson with each group, we will assist students in identifying their best writing from the residency and editing it into final drafts. Student writing from the residency will be displayed in the school or published in class anthologies. Speech teacher Marilena Damiani is coordinating the residency.

If you are interested in having Penny Harter or Bill Higginson as poet-in-residence at your school, learn more about residencies in the New Jersey Writers Project and contact Playwrights Theatre through their web page at http://www.ptnj.org/NJWP/NewJerseyWritersProject.htm.


Chatham Middle School, right

Chatham Middle School, right

And for another, click this photo to see the site at: http://sdoc.schoolwires.com/cms/site/default.asp.

June 2008
Chatham Middle School, Chatham

NJWP: William J. Higginson

Following a planning meeting, Bill will conduct four days of poetry workshops for students in seventh grade, and a workshop for language arts teachers. The residency is coordinated by Megan Anderson.

If you are interested in having Bill Higginson as poet-in-residence at your school, learn more about residencies in the New Jersey Writers Project and contact Playwrights Theatre through their web page at http://www.ptnj.org/NJWP/NewJerseyWritersProject.htm.

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