The Block Island Times

Block Island Poetry Project gears up for 2014

Mar 10, 2014

The following was sent in by Eileen Miller of the Block Island Poetry Project after it was announced the group had received a $2,000 grant for 2014:

We are so fortunate to have received another grant from the Roosa Foundation for this year’s program. This is the third year in a row that the Roosa Foundation has supported our creative workshops and helped to bring teachers of many different cultural and creative traditions to the Block Island community.

This season’s events begin at the Harbor Baptist Church on Thurs., April 10, at 7 p.m. and conclude at the Hygeia House on Sunday morning, April 13.

Participants may choose from a variety of workshops offered throughout the day on Friday and Saturday:
- “Cultivating the Habit of Art” and “Generative Workshop” with Marjory Wentworth and Carol Ann Davis
- “Who is in a Name?” with Nancy Anne Miller
- “Story, Dance, and Movement” with international performer and teacher, Zuleikha (see
- “Walking the Medicine Wheel” with Jen Lighty
- “Dancing with Resistance: Partnering with those who ‘Cut In’ when we are creating” with Sue Littlefield
- “Poetry on the Wing” with Kim Gaffett and Maggie Komosinski
- “Photography and a Creative Life” with Grace Luddy
- “Rock Balancing” with Mark Bailey
- “African Drumming” with the Block Island Drummers
- Morning Song Circle with the Block Island Singers

The Friday and Saturday evening events may be attended even if you choose not to take any workshops:

Friday Evening: Common Ground Coffeehouse: Poetry Reading, Music, Song, Open Mic.

Saturday Evening Performance:
“Favorite Poems: Voices from the Village” with Nancy Greenaway. Favorite poems read by members of Block Island  community.

“The Path of the Beloved: A Celebration of Rumi, Story, Dance and Movement” with Coleman Barks, Zuleikha, David Darling and John de Kadt

Please visit for more info, to register, or to donate. (Any contributions greatly appreciated.) We are working with Block Island School Friends to fund an interactive dance/movement program with Zuleikha at the Block Island School on Thursday, April 10, with the elementary and middle school students — and hopefully some of the high school students too.

Also, we plan on putting poems up in various places such as stores, the ferry, Washington Trust, and others around the island. Lisa Sprague was inspired by an idea from an article in Yankee magazine. Montpelier, Vermont, did a similar event and received a great response from the community.

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