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Woodstalk: Live Presents Poetry & Power with Sean Thomas Dougherty

Join us on November 18 for an intimate reception and reading with poet SEAN THOMAS DOUGERTY.

Sean Thomas Dougherty-- a high school drop-out raised by an African-American father and a mother of Moldovan-Jewish descent who spent his life in blue collar neighborhoods soaking up the working class sounds and sights. That imagery and relentless search for beauty would influence much of his later work and earn him two PA Council for the Arts Fellowships, a Fulbright Lectureship, and nine nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Sean visits to celebrate his newly published and long-awaited collected works through BOA Editiions. Known for his electrifying performances, he has performed at hundreds of venues across North America and Europe, including the Lollapalooza Music Festival, and across Albania and Macedonia. He currently works at a Gold Crown Billiards in Erie, PA and tours for performances.

Sean, 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."

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.

Included in the evening's nominal fee is complimentary admission at a later date to the Special Exhibit for audience members, who, prompted by Sean'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.         


  • Nov 18 , 2016
  • The Conservatory at Bethel Woods
  • 5:30PM Doors
  • $10 Teen and older
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