Join us for a special collaboration between the Westport Arts Center, the Westport Library, and the Westport Arts Advisory Committee. Poetic Inspiration – Readings and Reflections is an evening of art and poetry in the context of Ward Shelley’s What Keeps Mankind Alive and The Last Library (a collaboration with Douglas Paulson), on view at WAC through March 2, 2018.
The event will feature curated poetry readings by members of the public that reflect interpretations of history, just as Shelley’s paintings are narratives of events over time.
Poetic Inspiration – Readings and Reflections is in conjunction with the WestportReads program, currently focused on Pat Barker’s novel, Regeneration. The book 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 Sunday, January 21 via email: email@example.com.
Adults and high school poets welcome to submit! Participating poets will be notified by Friday, January 26 and will read their poem at the February 1 program (7pm), which is free and open to the public at the Westport Arts Center.