Pawtucket, RI — The Pawtucket Arts Festival is pleased to announce the first literary event for the arts festival, Pawtucket Celebrates Poetry with the “The Three Amigos” will take place Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Forget-Me-Not Gallery, 67 Park Place.
Supported by a grant from the Pawtucket Arts Panel in conjunction with the recent Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest. Patti McAlpine, contest coordinator, stated that 36 poets from around New England submitted over 90 poems to the contest. “I am thrilled with the response to the contest and look forward to announcing the winners at poetry event.”
This free event will honor the memory of poet Galway Kinnell. Born in Providence, Kinnell was raised in Pawtucket. He received Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1983, awarded awarded a National Book Award and was recipient of a McArthur Fellowship. He served as F.B. Morse Professor of Arts and Sciences at New York University and was Vermont’s state poet laureate. He passed away on October 28, 2014.
Three poems have been selected by the judges and winners will read winning poems at along with Rhode Island state poet laureates: Rick Benjamin, current state poet laureate; Lisa Starr, recent state poet laureate emerita and Tom Chandler, state poet laureate emeritus. Benjamin, Starr and Chandler also served as the contest judges.
It is hopeful that the contest and literary event will grow each year and serve as a memoriam to one of New England’s and Pawtucket’s most outstanding poets.
For more information, please contact Patti McAlpine, at 401-996-8678 or visit pawtucketartsfestival.org.