Thank you Pamela Laskin for inviting me to be one of the published poet readers
The 47th Annual Spring Poetry Festival
Friday, May 3rd, 2019 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Theater B of Aaron Davis Hall, 135th St. and Convent AvenueManhattan
Poets and City College faculty Estha Weiner and David Groff to read at 47th annual poetry festival
New York’s longest-running poetry celebration, the annual City College Poetry Festival, will take place on Friday, May 3, at the college’s Harlem campus. CCNY’s own accomplished faculty members David Groff and Estha Weiner will be the featured guest poets.More than 150 students from as many as 50 schools are expected to recite their poems at the day-long event. Now in its 47th year, some children who participated in the festival’s early years are now teachers who bring their classes.
The event includes readings by elementary school students, followed by junior high school poets. The winners of the festival’s citywide high school poetry contest then recite their poems, with the top three winners receiving the Knopf Publishers Prize.A reading by Groff and Weiner will follow. The festival concludes with college students, alumni, faculty and published poets from around the country reading their works.The all-verse event runs from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Aaron Davis Hall’s Marian Anderson Theater.Groff’s book Clay was chosen by Michael Waters for the Louis Bogan Award. His first book Theory of Devolutionwas selected by Mark Doty for the National Poetry Series. He teaches in the M.F.A. creative writing program at The City College of New York.
Weiner’s newest poetry book is at the last minute. Winner of a Paterson Prize and Visiting Scholar at Shakespeare Institute, Stratford, England, she is a professor at City College and Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute.