WestportREADS 2018: Poetic Inspirations—Readings and Reflections

Thursday, Feb 1, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Ward Shelley and Douglas Paulson, “The Last Library,” (Installation view), 2016, Paper, ink, wood, 72 x 26 x 2". Courtesy the Artists, Pierogi Gallery and Westport Arts Center

Join an evening of poetry and art set within Ward Shelley’s What Keeps Mankind Alive exhibit at the Westport Arts Center. Adults and high school poets are invited to submit their work for consideration, by Friday, January 26, via email, waac [at] westportct [dot] gov. More information on submissions...

Community partners: Westport Arts Center and Westport Arts Advisory Committee
Location: Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Avenue 

Pat Barker’s novel combines both fictional and real characters seeking to make sense of World War I and their changed world, centering on Siegfried Sassoon, noted poet and decorated war hero. Sassoon was among the prominent British poets whose response to WWI changed the landscape of modern poetry.

In honor of this legacy, this program invites modern poets to respond to our times and the challenges we all face. Poets interested in sharing their work, should submit poetry for consideration by Friday, January 26 via email: waac [at] westportct [dot] gov. Participating poets will be notified by Friday, January 26 and will read their poem at the February 1 program, which is free and open to the public at the Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Avenue.

This evening of readings will accompany an introduction to Shelley’s exhibit, an ideal setting for this collaboration of spoken work and visual art. Like the poets, the artist, “seeks to tease out narratives from history and culture.” The exhibit includes The Last Library, (an ongoing collaboration between Shelley and artist Douglas Paulson), a room sized installation of bookcases and 3,000 books that according to the artists “should have been written, but haven’t.”

Ward Shelley’s What Keeps Mankind Alive will be on exhibit through March 2, 2018 at The Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

The Westport Arts Advisory Committee is committed to increasing public awareness of the Town of Westport's cultural resources: its artists, artworks and institutions. The committee members are appointed by the First Selectman to serve a two-year term.

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