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— Winter 2007–2008 —

Please note: This is an archived file. The events it describes are past. Also, our web sites and e-mail have moved since this page was created. Links within this page work, and those to various organizations will also, so long as their sites remain as they were in the winter of 2007–2008.

During the winter of 2007–2008 we will give poetry readings in central New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and visit a number of New Jersey schools for the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Arts in Education Program . Finally, come erase the January doldrums with a poetry writing workshop with Penny and Bill at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. 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

The Johnson Education Center is housed in a circa 1900 barn on the former Robert Wood Johnson estate in Princeton, New Jersey.

Johnson Education Center
One Preservation Place
Princeton, New Jersey

Click here for a PDF file with directions to the program and exhibit space.

For more information on the exhibit that inspired the poets, visit the D&R Greenway web site at: http://www.drgreenway.org/art_show.html.

Tuesday, 18 December 2007, Reception at 5:30, Reading at 6:00 p.m.
Marie L. Matthews Gallery, Johnson Education Center,
D&R Greenway Land Trust, Princeton, New Jersey

Poets' and Artists' Reception and Reading: Penny Harter & 25 Others

Free, RSVP required (see below).

Twenty-six poets will read their winning works selected in a competition for poems written in response to works in the exhibit, "The Road Not Taken—Journeys into Nature". The art works in the exhibit were inspired by images the artists encountered while out on the trail.

This event is free and open to the public. For information, please contact: Carolyn Foote Edelmann at 609-924-4646, X 131. Please RSVP to Jeanette Hooban at 609-924-4646, X 132.

Note: This event was originally scheduled for Thursday, 13 December, and has been rescheduled because of inclement weather.


Morrisville Library

Morrisville Free Library Association
300 North Pennsylvania Ave.
Morrisville, PA 19067
Phone: 215-295-4850

Click here for directions to the Morrisville Library., just west of Trenton, NJ.

Saturday, 2 February 2008, 2:00 p.m.
Morrisville Library, Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Poetry Reading: Penny Harter & William J. Higginson

Free, join us for an open reading

Penny and Bill will read from their books and new work. We will be celebrating the publication of Penny's new book, The Night Marsh, just published by WordTech Editions. Copies of it and many of our other books will be available for sale.

The reading is part of a monthly series, coordinated by Gloria delVecchio. (back to top)

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. Our residencies in NJ high schools are part of a statewide effort administered by Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. Any New Jersey public or private high school can participate in Poetry Out Loud. To explore options for your NJ high school, visit the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Poetry Out Loud pages on Discover Jersey Arts. (Note: The application deadline for involvement in the Poetry Out Loud program in New Jersey this year is October 30, 2007.) For more information on the national program, see the Poetry Out Loud web site, at http://www.poetryoutloud.org/. Between us, we are visiting Union Hill High School, Teaneck High School, and Madison High School, working with some fine performing artists.

Union Hill High School is a high-powered inner city school with an enthusiastic student body and many programs to meet their diverse educational needs. Click the image above for the cool school web site. This will be the Hiller's first year in Poetry Out Loud.

November 2007–January 2008
Union Hill High School, Union City, New Jersey

Poetry Out Loud Residency: William J. Higginson, Penny Harter, & Natasha Yannacañedo

Bill and Penny and performance artist Natasha Yannacañedo will conduct a faculty workshop, visit several classes over the course of the program, and judge student recitation contests, as students deepen their understanding of poetry and select specific poems to memorize and perform while participating in the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Competition. The POL program is coordinated by Jack O'Connor, Teacher of English and Theater at UHHS. Click here for a Poetry Out Loud overview. (If you are interested in having Bill, Penny, or Natasha visit your school to give workshops, contact Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey at http://www.ptnj.org/.) (back to top)


The Teaneck High School building is on the National Register of Historic Sites, and the school has been growing and adapting to the needs of its students since 1928. Click on the image above to go to their web site. This will be Teaneck's second year in Poetry Out Loud.

November 2007–February 2008
Teaneck High School, Teaneck, New Jersey

Poetry Out Loud Residency: Penny Harter, William J. Higginson, & Natasha Yannacañedo

Penny and Bill and performance artist Natasha Yannacañedo will conduct a faculty workshop, visit several classes over the course of the program, and judge student recitation contests, as students deepen their understanding of poetry and select specific poems to memorize and perform while participating in the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Competition. The POL program is coordinated by English Teacher Matt Lynskey at THS. Click here for a Poetry Out Loud overview. (If you are interested in having Penny, Bill, or Natasha visit your school to give workshops, contact Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey at http://www.ptnj.org/.) (back to top)


Madison H. S.

Madison High School provides "a rich, broad, and diverse educational program," according to the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. This will be their third

year in Poetry Out Loud. Click on the photo to go to the school's web site.

November 2007–January 2008
Madison High School, Madison, NJ

Poetry Out Loud Residency: Penny Harter & Duayne Maynard

Penny will work with performance artist Duayne Maynard visiting several classes over the course of the program, as students deepen their understanding of poetry and select specific poems to memorize and perform while participating in the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Competition. Click here for a Poetry Out Loud overview. (If you are interested in having Penny or Duayne visit your school to give workshops, contact Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey at http://www.ptnj.org/.) (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.)


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.

If you are interested in attending the performance and exhibition of works produced during this long-term Arts in Education residency, on 15 April 2008, check our Spring '08 events listing, here.

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, Korean, 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.)

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