Reginald Dwayne Betts is featured poet at milestone CCNY Poetry Festival, May 6

Pleased to be a guest poet at this festival on Friday, May 6

Reading with friends:

Robert GibbonsEve PackerJeff WrightThaddeus RutkowskiEllen LytleSteven Koenig

CCNY’S   50TH ANNUAL               

POETRY FESTIVAL

Division of Humanities and the Arts

Co-promotional sponsors:

The American Academy of Poets &

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

FRIDAY, MAY 6th, 2022

9:15 AM TO 5:00 PM

 Featured Guest Poet:

              Reginald Dwayne Betts

READINGS:

ELEMENTARY & JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

9:15 AM – NOON

HIGH SCHOOL POETRY WINNERS

NOON – 1:30 PM

GUEST OF HONOR:

Reginald Dwayne Betts

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

CCNY ENGLISH STUDENTS & INVITED GUESTS

2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

AARON DAVIS HALL

MARIAN ANDERSON THEATER

133RD STREET AT CONVENT AVENUE

CONTACT:

Pamela Laskin

(212)650-6356

http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/poetryoutreachcenter

Poet Reginald Dwayne Betts will be the featured guest poet for the 50th annual City College Poetry Festival held at the Marian Anderson Theater at Aaron Davis Hall (160 Convent Avenue). Dubbed “the Woodstock of the Spoken Word,” the festival has become New York’s longest-running poetry celebration.

“The City College Poetry Festival is the democratic voice of poetry in New York City public schools,” said Pamela Laskin, a lecturer in the City College English department and director of the CCNY Poetry Outreach Center, which produces the festival. “Its assumption is there are many poets, and they all have terrific stories to tell. This would make Walt Whitman proud.”

Upwards of 150 students from as many as 50 schools are expected to recite their poems at this year’s festival. The festival is “something the children always look forward to,” said Deborah Newman, a former teacher at P.S. 368 in Brooklyn, who had been attending the festival for over 13 years.  “It’s a blessing, something that is real to them, and it’s an entire year of poetry for the children, leading up to this celebration.  The teachers and the administrators love it, too.”

Some of the children who participated in the festival’s early years are now teachers who bring their classes. “In 1975, I introduced a third grade student to the audience of 400 cheering students, teachers, friends and family; in 1996, this same individual returned to the festival at City and introduced the readers from her fourth grade class,” recalls Barry Wallenstein, CCNY professor emeritus and former festival director.

“Over the past four decades, this event has become a place of reunion and affirmation for City College alumni, returning teachers, student-poets and friends of the College. I hope it and the important activities of the Poetry Outreach Center continue long beyond 2020.”

In addition to the readings by students, each year the festival invites one or more prominent poets to read their work. Among those who have appeared are Paul Simon, Allen Ginsberg, Gwendolyn Brooks, Muriel Rukeyser, Adrienne Rich, Philip Levine, Billy Collins, Major Jackson, Kimiko Hahn, Cornelius Eady, Patricia Smith, Richard Tillinghast, Tom Sleigh , Marilyn Nelson, Elana Bell and Aracelis Girmay, Tracy Smith, Marilyn Nelson, Jacqueline Woodson, Nicole Cooley  David Groff, Estha Weiner and, most recently (on ZOOM), Nathalie Handal.

The event commences with readings by elementary school students, followed by poets from junior high schools. Beginning around noon, the winners of the festival’s citywide high school poetry contest will recite their poems, with the top three winners receiving the Poetry Prize, which are cash prizes.

A reading by Reginald Dwayne Betts will conclude the day.

The festival presents a special award for the best poem in a language other than English.  Submissions have come from 20 different languages over the festival’s history, reflecting the diversity of both New York City and of CCNY.

This year, for the first time ever, The American Academy of Poets has agreed to be a co-promotional sponsor. As always, we are fortunate to have the Division of Humanities and the Arts sponsor our event, under the wonderful tutelage of Interim Dean Renata K. Miller. In addition, Andrew Rich’s  Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership has lent its vital support and publicity.

Festival Sponsors

  • Axe-Houghton Foundation
  • Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
  • Poets & Writers, Inc.
  • David and Harianne Wallenstein
  • CCNY President, Dr.Vince Boudreau
  • DeeDee Mozeleski, Office of Institutional Advancement
  • Interim Dean Renata K. Miller,  Division of Humanities and the Arts
  • Provost, Dr. Tony Liss
  • Interim Deputy Dean of School of Education, Andrew Ratner
  • CCNY English Department, Mikhal Dekel,  Interim Chair
  • CCNY MFA, Michelle Valladares, Director, Creative Writing
  • CCNY Office of Government and Community Affairs, Karen Witherspoon, vice president
  • The Foundation for City College, Annika Luedke and Diana Ward
  • South Wind Foundation
  • Andrew Rich, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Poet Reginald Dwayne Betts

Renowned poet Reginald Dwayne Betts. Photo credit: Giancarlo Valentine

Celebrated poet, memoirist and educator Reginald Dwayne Betts is the featured poet at the 50th annual City College Poetry Festival on May 6 in  CCNY’s Marian Anderson Theater. Dubbed “the Woodstock of the Spoken Word,” New York’s longest-running poetry celebration will also include Ukrainian essayist and translator Vasyl Makhno as guest poet. The all-day event that features budding poets from up to 50 public schools, runs from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

“The City College Poetry Festival is the democratic voice of poetry in New York City public schools,” said Pamela Laskin, a lecturer in CCNY’s English department and director of the CCNY Poetry Outreach Center, which produces the festival. “Its assumption is there are many poets, and they all have terrific stories to tell. This would make Walt Whitman proud.” 

Upwards of 150 students from as many as 50 schools – both elementary and junior high — are expected to recite their poems, with the top three winners receiving the Poetry Prize. 

The festival is “something the children always look forward to,” said Deborah Newman, a former teacher at P.S. 368 in Brooklyn, who had been attending the festival for over 13 years.  “It’s a blessing, something that is real to them, and it’s an entire year of poetry for the children, leading up to this celebration. The teachers and the administrators love it, too.”

Some of the children who participated in the festival’s early years are now teachers who bring their classes. “In 1975, I introduced a third grade student to the audience of 400 cheering students, teachers, friends and family; in 1996, this same individual returned to the festival at City and introduced the readers from her fourth grade class,” recalls Barry Wallenstein, CCNY professor emeritus and former festival director. 

“Over the past four decades, this event has become a place of reunion and affirmation for City College alumni, returning teachers, student-poets and friends of the College. I hope it and the important activities of the Poetry Outreach Center continue long beyond 2022.”

The festival concludes with a reading by Reginald Dwayne Betts. He continues the tradition of notable poets who’ve graced the festival since 1972. They include Paul Simon, Allen Ginsberg, Gwendolyn Brooks, Muriel Rukeyser, Adrienne Rich, Philip Levine, Billy Collins (read all).

About Reginald Dwayne Betts
In October 2018, The New York Times Magazine published Betts’ long essay “Getting Out.”  Several months later, the piece was awarded a National Magazine Award.  The publication was another example of Betts entering into a new genre and bringing the same depth and richness of self-reflection and exploration of the central problem on this generation: incarceration and its effects on families and communities. Read more.

About Vasyl Makhno 
Based in the U.S., Vasyl Makhno’s numerous honors include the Encounter Award, The Ukranian-Jewish Literary Prize; and the Uri Shevelov Prize (twice). He was also twice a finalist for the BBC Book of the Year Award. Makhno is the author of 11 collections of poetry. His most recent, “A Paper Bridge,” appeared in 2017. He has also published two book of essays: “The Gertrude Stein Memorial Cultural and Recreation Park”  and “Horn of Plenty.” Read more.

The American Academy of Poets debuts this year as a co-promotional sponsor. Click here for a list of all the sponsors.

For more information about the 50th CCNY Spring Poetry Festival, please contact Pamela L. Laskin at ccnypoetryoutreachcenter@gmail.com .

About the City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high-quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. CCNY embraces its position at the forefront of social change. It is ranked #1 by the Harvard-based Opportunity Insights out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index. This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at CCNY can move up two or more income quintiles. In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.8% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. Labor analytics firm Emsi puts at $1.9 billion CCNY’s annual economic impact on the regional economy (5 boroughs and 5 adjacent counties) and quantifies the “for dollar” return on investment to students, taxpayers and society. At City College, more than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself. View CCNY Media Kit.

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47th Annual CCNY Poetry Festival Convenes May 3


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.

https://www1.cuny.edu/mu/forum/2019/04/12/47th-annual-ccny-poetry-festival-convenes-may-3/

46th Annual Poetry Festival at City College

POETRY OUTREACH CENTER

46th Annual Poetry Festival at City College
Initiated in 1972 and known as New York City’s “Woodstock of the Spoken Word,” the Spring Poetry Festival brings to the stage New York City public school students, college students, CCNY faculty and alumni, and guest artists of every poetic stripe, all reading their own work.

The Festival is held each year in Theater B of Aaron Davis Hall, 135th St. and Convent Avenue in Manhattan, from 9-5. The public is invited to attend. Early in the afternoon, the winners of the all-city-public-high school poetry contest read their winning poems.

The 46th Annual Spring Poetry Festival
Friday, May 4th, 2018 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

FEATURED GUEST POET FOR 2018: Nicole Cooley

n_cooley

 

http://www.nicolecooley.com/bio.html

Rosalie Calabrese, Patricia Carragon, and others to read one poem

Hosted by Pamela Laskin, Director for Poetry Outreach

Free admission. 

The City College of New York, Marian Anderson Theatre, Aaron Davis Hall, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY, 10031- Subway A, B, C 135th Street, A, B, C, D to 125th Street, #1 to 137th Street.