The Block Island Times

Block Island Poetry Project to celebrate 10th anniversary

Events scheduled for April 11 - 14
By Stephanie Turaj | Apr 08, 2013

Next weekend, near the intersection of Beach and Ocean Avenues, words will be flowing, rhymes will be humming and fun will be had.

The Block Island Poetry Project, coinciding with National Poetry Month, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and there will be a weekend of events scheduled for April 11 through 14.

“We have planned an amazing weekend for you with some of our favorite teachers from prior years and some new ones to make our time together particularly rich and diverse,” said Poetry Project founder Lisa Starr in a letter to event attendees.

There will be workshops and readings with poets such as Li-Young Lee and Coleman Barks. But the event is more than just about writing poetry — there will also be song circles, drumming circles, yoga classes and photography.

During the event, group organizers will also release a new book, “Where Beach Meets Ocean,” an anthology of poems and thoughts collected from the past 10 years of poetry workshops.

The book weaves together the work of first-time published poets with renowned poets such as Billy Collins, who attended last year’s Poetry Project. It is a labor of love from the group’s various organizers — who have hand-selected the poems, the book designer and the artwork.

“The book is so much more than I thought,” said Starr. The anthology is Block Island-themed, with each of the poems either connected to Block Island or the Poetry Project.

“The Poetry Project helps us discover what it’s like living here,” said Starr.

Poetry Project organizer Nancy Greenaway said the event has inspired her to write more poetry. “It got me back into poetry,” said Greenaway. Before the project, “I was lucky if I could write a poem a year.”

For more information and to register for the event, visit There is limited space and seats will be reserved for those who register.

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