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Living Poetry at the Library is an unusual collaboration between four local arts-and-education organizations: the New York State Writers Institute, Fence, the Hudson Area Library, and the Poetry Home School.
Douglas Kearney is a poet, performer and librettist whose work defies labels and expands boundaries by bridging themes such as politics, African-American culture and hip-hop music while employing nontraditional layouts he calls “performative typography.” The Los Angeles Times said Kearney is “using a multicultural voice inflected with the concerns of what it means to be a young black man at this time and at this place.” Kearney’s book Mess and Mess and (2015) was a Small Press Distribution Handpicked Selection that Publishers Weekly called “an extraordinary book.” He was the guest editor for 2015’s Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan). He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, residencies/fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others. Kearney received his BA from Howard University and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley and teaches at CalArts.
Harmony Holiday is the author of three groundbreaking books of poetry that push at the elasticity of language and memory, poems and prose. Publishers Weekly described her debut volume Negro League Baseball (2011) as “chaotic and mesmerizing, with sex, violence, music, history and semantics moving at breakneck speed.” Holiday is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation in 2013. She earned a BA in rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA at Columbia University. She is a choreographer who has taught dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She lives in Los Angeles and is the founder of Mythscience, an arts collective devoted to cross-disciplinary work and to creating an Afrosonics archive of jazz and everyday diaspora poetics.
The New York State Writers Institute and its affiliate, the University at Albany-based literary press Fence—publisher of Holiday and Kearney—are cosponsoring the poetry event along with the Hudson Area Library and Poetry Home School, an annual poetry conference which takes Hudson, NY as its home.
This program is free and open to the public and will be taking place in the community room which is wheelchair accessible.
We are excited to be kicking off our free Summer Reading Program. Led by children’s librarian Janice Scali and Marlene Parmentier, MC Smith Intermediate teacher, our Summer Reading Program for kids includes book readings and stories, lessons on a variety of topics, arts and crafts projects and fun physical activities for kids! There will also be guests reading with the children and making special presentations throughout the summer.
The Summer Reading Program will run from July 5 through August 11, meeting daily Tuesday through Friday from 10am-noon. Recommended for pre-k to elementary school aged children. All ages are welcome.
We will also be bringing the Summer Reading Program for kids to Greenport Town Park this summer. Library staff will visit with children Monday mornings during the Greenport Summer Recreation Program. The Park’s Summer Recreation Program runs for six-weeks from July 5 through August 12, Monday-Friday from 8AM – 2PM. Registration is required. Visit http://greenport.yourtownhub.com/4602-2/ for more info.
Library members are also invited to log their reading this summer. Let’s see how many books we can read as a community! Each time you read a book this summer, submit your book info via our online Summer Reading Book Log or pick up a paper book log at the library, the Greenport Town Park Little Free Library or the Greenport Town Hall Little Free Library. Happy Summer Reading!
Join us for a reading by local author, Sam J. Miller, on July 29 from 2-3:30 pm in the library’s teen room as we celebrate the release of his YA novel, inspired by his childhood in Hudson, NY, The Art of Starving. There will be a Q &A after with light refreshments.
Inspired by Miller’s childhood growing up in Hudson, NY, The Art of Starving tells the tale of Matt, a young boy coming to terms with his sexuality while battling an eating disorder. The book has been described by Book Riot as “Funny, haunting, beautiful, relentless and powerful,…a classic in the making.” Kirkus (in a starred review) says, “Matt’s sarcastic, biting wit keeps readers rooting for him and hoping for his recovery….A dark and lovely tale of supernatural vengeance and self-destruction.”
Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. His debut novel The Art of Starving (YA/SF) will be published by HarperCollins in July 2017, and will be followed by Blackfish City from Ecco Press in 2018. His stories have been nominated for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards, and have appeared in over a dozen “year’s best” anthologies. He’s a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Workshop, and a winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. He lives in New York City.
This event is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. Copies of the books will be available for purchase.
We are pleased to present your turn: a collaborative art project, two collaborative art workshops, one for adults and another for teens with artists Jacinta Bunnell
and Cindy Hoose.
Saturday, July 22, 1-4pm (Ages 10 and up)
The program will conclude with an art exhibition in the library’s Community Room, with an opening reception on Friday, August 4, 5-7pm.
Jacinta Bunnell and Cindy Hoose are Hudson Valley-based artists who have been collaborating for over a decade on various artistic projects. From 2013-2014, Hoose and Bunnell spent a year making art with repurposed game boards as canvases, taking turns on the works in a manner reminiscent of Exquisite Corpse. In keeping with their commitment to making art from recycled materials, they scavenged yard sales and thrift stores for the games and framing materials that became this collection. At year’s end, they titled the original 52 pieces of artwork your turn, dear. Their work directs our attention to the reasons we play games: to explore the world imaginatively, free of the hope for success or the fear of failure, and to connect with each other in the spirit of joy and sentimentality. They would like to share this process with YOU.
Hoose and Bunnell are inviting you to join them in the practice of making communal artwork. In addition to showing a selection of their artwork from your turn, dear, they will provide two workshops at the Hudson Area Library and share their process of making collaborative art. Through a series of exercises and game-inspired prompts, participants will experience collaborative artmaking using a mix of recycled materials and traditional artmaking techniques. There is an element of play and adventure in the design of the workshops, where participants take turns, take chances, develop trust, and learn to make art without judgment.
Come play, make art, make friends, and be inspired. We are also asking people to drop off your old board games to be turned into art for the workshop. No Artistic Experience Required. To register for the program email : firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.
This program is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund.
Thanks to a Humanities NY and Hudson Community Schools’ matching fund grant, the students of Hudson High School’s Writing Center studied primary source documents, photos, and places about the abolition and suffrage movements in our local area and New York State. We created a zine showcasing their creative work based on their study, which you can download as a PDF through the link below.
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Bound By Books Youth Radio Show
Dates: Mondays 3:30-4pm
Location: WGXC Hudson Studio, at 7th St. and Columbia St.
The Bound By Books youth radio show broadcasts on WGXC 90.7FM every Monday from 3:30-4pm from the WGXC Hudson Studio. On the show, tweens and teens discuss books they have been reading and other bookish topics. Those interested in joining the Bound By Books radio crew should contact Emily at the library.
Battle of the Books Trivia Team
Dates: 2016 dates TBD
Ages for tween program: youth entering grades 6-9 or homeschooled youth of equivalent ages
Ages for teen program: youth entering grades 9-12 or homeschooled youth of equivalent ages
The Battle of the Books is a yearly trivia contest where teams of young readers from throughout the Mid-Hudson Library System read the same 8 titles over the summer and compete in a trivia contest in September. Contact Emily at the library to sign up for the 2016 Hudson Battle of the Books Team.
New in 2016: There will now be two Battle of the Books programs, one for tweens and one for teens!