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Woodstalk: Live Presents Poetry & Power with Roger Bonair-Agard

Roger Bonair-Agard is a renowned poet and spoken word performer from Trinidad and Tobago. He has published three books of poetry, is a two-time champion of the National Poetry Slam, a Cave Canem fellow, writer-in-residence with VisionIntoArt, and poet-in-residence with Young Chicago Authors.

He is the co-founder and artistic director of the The louderARTS Project and teaches poetry at the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Facility in Chicago. He leads workshops and performs spoken word internationally and is coming to Bethel Woods!

The Poetry & Power series welcomes three nationally award-winning, new generation poets-- renowned for their poignant presence, publishing records, and activism-- to visit our place and our people.  If you have never attended a poetry performance, or are an aspiring writer, or if beautiful words spur you to action-- this is the series for you!

Join us on September 16 for an intimate reception and reading with ROGER BONAIR-AGARD. Roger's lyrical and joyful Carribbean cadences illuminate hearts and minds. He is a local favorite, a 2015 National Book Award finalist and in demand at universities, conferences, and poetic gatherings all over the world. Roger, too, will read work inspired by the Bethel Woods Museum's Special Exhibit "RIGHTS, RACE & REVOLUTIONS: A Portrait of LIFE in 1960s America by Grey Villet."

Included in the evening's nominal fee is complimentary admission at a later date to the Special Exhibit for audience members, who, prompted by Roger's words, can then return to visit the Special Exhibit and try their own hand at writing a poetic repsonse. Then, on December 16-- all audience members who write responses to the special exhibit will gather to read and share their words!    


WoodsTalk: Live invites dynamic and engaging speakers to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to lead explorations into the power and possibilities of arts and humanities, inspiring us to think critically and provoking us to become active members of our communities.  These events are live conversations where music, the ‘60s, arts and humanities awaken the lessons of the past into their relevance today. Significant efforts have been made to weave WoodsTalk:Live programming into the collections in the Museum at Bethel Woods, the Grey Villet Special Exhibit, as well as other programming such as Harvest Festival and E3.  In 2016, art and its role in social justice is a common thread, an inspiring touchstone for WoodsTalk: Live visiting artists and audiences.                                 

Showings

  • Sep 16 , 2016
  • The Conservatory at Bethel Woods
  • 5:30PM Doors
    6:00PM Start
  • $10 Admission - Includes a Free Special Exhibit Ticket*
  • * Included in the evening's nominal fee is complimentary admission at a later date to the Special Exhibit for audience members, who, prompted by Roger's words, can then return to visit the Special Exhibit and try their own hand at writing a poetic repsonse. Then, on December 16-- all audience members who write responses to the special exhibit will gather to read and share their words!  

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