Poetry Corners PLUS 2017

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Poetry Corners PLUS promises a full month of island poetry events throughout April

Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, in collaboration with Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bloedel Reserve, Humanities Washington and other organizations, presents a full month of poetry events throughout the month of April.

Poetry Corners PLUS expands on AHB’s longtime celebration of National Poetry Month. Guest poets from around the state, including several offered through the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, will give live readings, presentations and classes.

The month begins April 2 with a presentation by Whidbey Island poet Judith Adams, and culminates on April 30 with a screening of the award-winning poetry-slam documentary “Louder Than a Bomb,” with both events in the BIMA auditorium.

Poetry Corners LIVE, the annual reading by winners of the Poetry Corners juried contest, will be held April 27 at BIMA.

“Poetry Corners is a celebration of our island writers’ creativity and expression,” said Kellie Shannon Elliott, Poetry Month coordinator for AHB. “Thanks to our partnerships with so many other local cultural organizations, this may be the most expansive month of poetry events the island has enjoyed.”

Poetry Corners PLUS events include:

APRIL 2 – Judith Adams, “A Fierce Language: Falling In Love With Poetry,” 3 pm at BIMA. The Whidbey Island poet takes us on a journey to rediscover the music, power, humor and strength of poetry to transform lives. Presented by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge and Humanities Washington, with support from BIMA and Kitsap Regional Libraries. Admission is free, but seating is limited; reserve your seat at www.biartmuseum.org/calendar.

APRIL 16 – Shin Yu Pai, “The Written Image: Blending Poetry with the Visual Arts,” 3 pm at BIMA. The Seattle writer helps us discover the fascinating work that can result when the visual arts an poetry collide. Presented by AHB and Humanities Washington, with support from BIMA and Bainbridge Arts & Crafts. Admission is free, but seating is limited; reserve your seat through www.biartmuseum.org/calendar.

APRIL 20 – An Evening of Poetry with Linda Bierds & Tod Marshall, 7 pm at BIMA. Admission: $10 through BIMA website, biartmuseum.org. Bainbridge resident Linda Bierds uses a framework of scientific knowledge, art history and historical reference to create forceful, scholarly poems. She is joined by current Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, whose work is marked by lingual agility, narrative complexity, and an obvious delight in the beauty and versatility of the English Language. Presented by Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

APRIL 22 – “A Day of Writing” with Natalie Goldberg, Karen Finneyfrock, and Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel, all day at Bloedel Reserve. Three writers lead walks through Bloedel Reserve, with lunch in the Residence and afternoon breakout sessions. For information, email lcounsel@bloedelreserve.org.

APRIL 27 – Poetry Corners LIVE, Community Poetry Reading and Reception, 6-9 pm at BIMA. Winners of the Poetry Corners Juried Competition present their works to a live audience. Copies of this year’s chapbook of winning poems, “Expression,” will be offered for sale. Presented by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, with support from BIMA.

APRIL 30 – “Louder Than A Bomb,” the award-winning, feature length documentary, 6 pm at BIMA. Admission: $10 through BIMA website, biartmuseum.org. LTAB drops us into the world’s largest youth poetry slam, where more than 600 Chicago teens compete, share the joy of being young, and the pain of growing up. It’s about speaking out, making noise, finding your voice, and poetry. Includes a special live performance by a Seattle Youth Speaks poet. Presented by Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

Ongoing through the month of April:

Poetry Corners Around Town – Winning poems from the 2017 Poetry Corners juried competition will be displayed in storefronts throughout Winslow and around the island, presented by AHB.

Poetry Panels at Bloedel – Bloedel Reserve welcomes the return of Poetry Month with an installation of poetry panels on scenic trails throughout the Reserve. Bloedel will honor the 90th birthday of poet W.S. Merwin, with a sprinkling of his work among the panels. Visitors can pause to enjoy more than 15 poems as they stroll the grounds. Information: www.bloedelreserve.org.

Poetry Windows at BIMA – BIMA celebrates Poetry Month with a Museum Store window display that uses language, shape and form to celebrate the art form, with poems appearing digitally throughout the month at www.biartmuseum.org.

For more information on the Poetry Corners PLUS events, email admin@AHbainbridge.org.