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Woodstalk: Live Presents Poetry & Power with Elana Bell

Join us on October 14 for an intimate reception and reading with ELANA BELL.

Elana Bell is a bridge builder, walking compassionately through this complex world where many things are true at once. Whether through her soul-stirring poetry, her dynamic performances on the stage, or through her inspiring talks & workshops, she creates a space where all people’s voices and stories are heard and deeply valued.

Elana’s debut collection of poetry, Eyes, Stones (LSU Press 2012), was selected as the winner of the 2011 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, and brings her complex heritage as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors to consider the difficult question of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Brooklyn Arts Council.

Elana, 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. 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!

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.                 


  • Oct 14 , 2016
  • The Conservatory at Bethel Woods
  • 5:30PM Doors
    6:00PM Start
  • $10 Teen and Older
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