First Global Poetry Festival Thrives in a Virtual Setting

by Ryan Clinesmith

The first annual Global Poetry Festival took place over five days and hosted over 25 literary artists across four continents. Adapted from an in-person festival to a virtual one, the Global Poetry Festival served to bring together a scattered community. Throughout the five-day festival, students had the chance to interact with poets from countries all over the globe. The festival hosted readings and workshops from Mahogany L. Browne, Marie Howe, Mark Doty and many more. We would like to send a special thank you to our BWL students for completing poetry readings and projects with ease and skill, regardless of the virtual setting. We are grateful to Shared Studios and all of the guest poets that took the time to share their work and craft with Birch Wathen Lenox students and teachers. We hope that some part of the Global Poetry Festival has inspired you to write, sing, or express what's core to you.

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