Calendar

Jul
14
Tue
2020
Online Book Talk with Mary Beth Norton
Jul 14 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Online Book Talk with Mary Beth Norton
1774: The Long Year of Revolution

On Tuesday, July 14 at 4:30pm, the West Tisbury Library presents an online book talk with special guest author and acclaimed historian Mary Beth Norton. This is a live event that will meet on Zoom. Mary Beth will discuss her newest book, 1774: The Long Year of Revolution (released February 2020). Please email wt_mail@clamsnet.org to receive your Zoom invitation to join. This event is free and open to the public.

About the book:

“From one of our most acclaimed and original colonial historians, Pulitzer Prize finalist, 2018 President of the American Historical Association, a groundbreaking book, the first to look at the critical, “long year” of 1774 and the revolutionary change that took place from December 1773 to mid-April 1775, from the Boston Tea Party and the first Continental Congress to the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

In this original and important book, Mary Beth Norton’s first in more than fifteen years, she looks at the sixteen months during which the traditional loyalists to King George III began their discordant ‘discussions’ that led to their acceptance of the inevitability of war against the British Empire and to the clashes at Lexington and Concord in mid-April, 1775.

Drawing extensively on pamphlets, newspapers, and personal correspondence, Norton reconstructs colonial political discourse as it happened, showing the vigorous campaign mounted by conservatives criticizing congressional actions. But by then it was too late. In early 1775, governors throughout the colonies informed colonial officials in London that they were unable to thwart the increasing power of the committees and their allied provincial congresses. Although the Declaration of Independence would not be formally adopted until July 1776, Americans, even before the outbreak of war in April 1775, had in effect “declared independence” by obeying the decrees of their new provincial governments rather than colonial officials.” (goodreads.com).

About the author:

Mary Beth Norton is the author of six books and co-editor of several others. Her textbook, A People and a Nation, a survey of U.S. history written with five other authors, has been published in ten editions and has sold more than 500,000 copies. Mary Beth is the Mary Donlon Alger Professor Emerita of American History at Cornell University. She lives in Ithaca, NY and West Tisbury.

Jul
15
Wed
2020
In the Poetry Garden: An Online Poetry Workshop
Jul 15 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Starting Wednesday, July 8 from 12-2pm, the West Tisbury Library will host “In the Poetry Garden,” a weekly online poetry gathering led by KT Herr. We’ll come together using Zoom for a more-or-less traditionally-structured workshop discussion of each poet’s work, finishing up with a reading by each poet of a finished, favorite poem of their own. This is workshop-style class, geared toward practiced poets with a degree of writing experience. Meets virtually through Zoom on Wednesdays at 12pm (7/8, 7/15, 7/22,  7/29). Join one, some, or all sessions. Each session will be limited to six participants. Free and open to the public!

Contact KT to register by emailing kt.herr@gmail.com, and please submit a single poem via email at least two days in advance of the workshop (sign up and submit a poem by Monday afternoon). KT will email the poems around to each participant, and everyone will have two days to make notes on the poems, keeping in mind the following analogy:

Poems are green, living things. What is the seed from which this poem grew? Where are the moments of blooming, fruiting? What is the structure of the stems supporting these blooms? How might the poet prune and train the foliage toward a more fruitful, more pleasing result? Good writing communities function like a healthy ecosystem; on the basis of exchange. Participants will be expected to give thoughtful feedback as well as receive it.

 

About the teacher:

KT Herr (she/her/hers) is a poet, songwriter, and grilled cheese enthusiast who grew up in Lancaster, PA and West Tisbury, MA. She is a 2020 MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College, where she is a Jane Cooper Fellow and 2019-2020 Thomas Lux Scholar. Previously, she lived in Grand Rapids, MI, where she was board secretary for Write616, poetry editor at The 3288 Review, and host of Electric Poetry on WYCE. While pursuing her graduate degree, KT has served as a Right-to-Write incarcerated writers workshop coordinator, Sunnyside college prep teaching artist, Firefly Podcast co-producer, Lumina Journal reader, member of the SLC Graduate Writing Program Diversity Committee, co-founder of the MFA Community Potluck series, and co-director of the 2020 Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival. The recipient of a 2017 Pushcart nomination and a 2019 Pabst Fellowship from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, KT was also named one of four 2018 Featured Women Poets with Punch Drunk Press. She currently works as a publishing intern for Black Lawrence Press, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Frontier Poetry (OPEN Prize Finalist), Quarter After Eight, SWWIM, Pilgrimage Magazine, and others. 

Jul
16
Thu
2020
CLASS FULL! Online Free-Write Poetry Class – Series 3
Jul 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

CLASS FULL! Online Free-Write Poetry Class (series 3)

Starting Thursday, June 18 at 4pm, the West Tisbury Library will host another online Free-Write Poetry Class led by West Tisbury Poet Laureate Spencer Thurlow. In this class, we will do five four-minute free-write sessions. After each session, writers will be encouraged to read their work to the group, but it is not required. A prompt will be given for each free-write so that we all begin with the same line, but of course, after that, writers are free to go in any direction they choose.

Come connect and get creative with us! Classes will meet virtually through Zoom on six Thursdays at 4pm. Class will be limited to five participants. Sign up is required. Please email wt_mail@clamsnet.org. Class dates: 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23. Free and open to the public!

Jul
17
Fri
2020
Deep Dive: A Poetry Craft Class
Jul 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Deep Dive: A Poetry Craft Class 

Starting Friday, July 10 from 3-4:30pm, the West Tisbury Library will host a weekly online poetry craft class led by KT Herr. In this craft and generative class centered in collaboration, we’ll consider a selection of poems together as a group in order to zoom in on a particular aspect of craft. From line breaks and enjambment, to titling, to extended metaphor, to ekphrasis, each class will begin with a discussion of examples drawn from contemporary poets, followed by prompts and writing time designed to encourage playfulness and discovery related to the craft elements at hand. We’ll close each class with a reading of what we’ve generated during the writing session. Please register by email (kt.herr@gmail.com) twenty-four hours in advance in order to receive class materials.

These classes meet virtually through Zoom on Fridays at 3pm (7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31). Join one, some, or all sessions. Free and open to the public!

About the teacher:

KT Herr (she/her/hers) is a poet, songwriter, and grilled cheese enthusiast who grew up in Lancaster, PA and West Tisbury, MA. She is a 2020 MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College, where she is a Jane Cooper Fellow and 2019-2020 Thomas Lux Scholar. Previously, she lived in Grand Rapids, MI, where she was board secretary for Write616, poetry editor at The 3288 Review, and host of Electric Poetry on WYCE. While pursuing her graduate degree, KT has served as a Right-to-Write incarcerated writers workshop coordinator, Sunnyside college prep teaching artist, Firefly Podcast co-producer, Lumina Journal reader, member of the SLC Graduate Writing Program Diversity Committee, co-founder of the MFA Community Potluck series, and co-director of the 2020 Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival. The recipient of a 2017 Pushcart nomination and a 2019 Pabst Fellowship from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, KT was also named one of four 2018 Featured Women Poets with Punch Drunk Press. She currently works as a publishing intern for Black Lawrence Press, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Frontier Poetry (OPEN Prize Finalist), Quarter After Eight, SWWIM, Pilgrimage Magazine, and others. 

Jul
20
Mon
2020
Virtual Book Group – Mansfield Park
Jul 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Jul
22
Wed
2020
In the Poetry Garden: An Online Poetry Workshop
Jul 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Starting Wednesday, July 8 from 12-2pm, the West Tisbury Library will host “In the Poetry Garden,” a weekly online poetry gathering led by KT Herr. We’ll come together using Zoom for a more-or-less traditionally-structured workshop discussion of each poet’s work, finishing up with a reading by each poet of a finished, favorite poem of their own. This is workshop-style class, geared toward practiced poets with a degree of writing experience. Meets virtually through Zoom on Wednesdays at 12pm (7/8, 7/15, 7/22,  7/29). Join one, some, or all sessions. Each session will be limited to six participants. Free and open to the public!

Contact KT to register by emailing kt.herr@gmail.com, and please submit a single poem via email at least two days in advance of the workshop (sign up and submit a poem by Monday afternoon). KT will email the poems around to each participant, and everyone will have two days to make notes on the poems, keeping in mind the following analogy:

Poems are green, living things. What is the seed from which this poem grew? Where are the moments of blooming, fruiting? What is the structure of the stems supporting these blooms? How might the poet prune and train the foliage toward a more fruitful, more pleasing result? Good writing communities function like a healthy ecosystem; on the basis of exchange. Participants will be expected to give thoughtful feedback as well as receive it.

 

About the teacher:

KT Herr (she/her/hers) is a poet, songwriter, and grilled cheese enthusiast who grew up in Lancaster, PA and West Tisbury, MA. She is a 2020 MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College, where she is a Jane Cooper Fellow and 2019-2020 Thomas Lux Scholar. Previously, she lived in Grand Rapids, MI, where she was board secretary for Write616, poetry editor at The 3288 Review, and host of Electric Poetry on WYCE. While pursuing her graduate degree, KT has served as a Right-to-Write incarcerated writers workshop coordinator, Sunnyside college prep teaching artist, Firefly Podcast co-producer, Lumina Journal reader, member of the SLC Graduate Writing Program Diversity Committee, co-founder of the MFA Community Potluck series, and co-director of the 2020 Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival. The recipient of a 2017 Pushcart nomination and a 2019 Pabst Fellowship from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, KT was also named one of four 2018 Featured Women Poets with Punch Drunk Press. She currently works as a publishing intern for Black Lawrence Press, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Frontier Poetry (OPEN Prize Finalist), Quarter After Eight, SWWIM, Pilgrimage Magazine, and others. 

Virtual Book Group – Mansfield Park
Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Jul
23
Thu
2020
CLASS FULL! Online Free-Write Poetry Class – Series 3
Jul 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

CLASS FULL! Online Free-Write Poetry Class (series 3)

Starting Thursday, June 18 at 4pm, the West Tisbury Library will host another online Free-Write Poetry Class led by West Tisbury Poet Laureate Spencer Thurlow. In this class, we will do five four-minute free-write sessions. After each session, writers will be encouraged to read their work to the group, but it is not required. A prompt will be given for each free-write so that we all begin with the same line, but of course, after that, writers are free to go in any direction they choose.

Come connect and get creative with us! Classes will meet virtually through Zoom on six Thursdays at 4pm. Class will be limited to five participants. Sign up is required. Please email wt_mail@clamsnet.org. Class dates: 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23. Free and open to the public!

Jul
24
Fri
2020
Deep Dive: A Poetry Craft Class
Jul 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Deep Dive: A Poetry Craft Class 

Starting Friday, July 10 from 3-4:30pm, the West Tisbury Library will host a weekly online poetry craft class led by KT Herr. In this craft and generative class centered in collaboration, we’ll consider a selection of poems together as a group in order to zoom in on a particular aspect of craft. From line breaks and enjambment, to titling, to extended metaphor, to ekphrasis, each class will begin with a discussion of examples drawn from contemporary poets, followed by prompts and writing time designed to encourage playfulness and discovery related to the craft elements at hand. We’ll close each class with a reading of what we’ve generated during the writing session. Please register by email (kt.herr@gmail.com) twenty-four hours in advance in order to receive class materials.

These classes meet virtually through Zoom on Fridays at 3pm (7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31). Join one, some, or all sessions. Free and open to the public!

About the teacher:

KT Herr (she/her/hers) is a poet, songwriter, and grilled cheese enthusiast who grew up in Lancaster, PA and West Tisbury, MA. She is a 2020 MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College, where she is a Jane Cooper Fellow and 2019-2020 Thomas Lux Scholar. Previously, she lived in Grand Rapids, MI, where she was board secretary for Write616, poetry editor at The 3288 Review, and host of Electric Poetry on WYCE. While pursuing her graduate degree, KT has served as a Right-to-Write incarcerated writers workshop coordinator, Sunnyside college prep teaching artist, Firefly Podcast co-producer, Lumina Journal reader, member of the SLC Graduate Writing Program Diversity Committee, co-founder of the MFA Community Potluck series, and co-director of the 2020 Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival. The recipient of a 2017 Pushcart nomination and a 2019 Pabst Fellowship from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, KT was also named one of four 2018 Featured Women Poets with Punch Drunk Press. She currently works as a publishing intern for Black Lawrence Press, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Frontier Poetry (OPEN Prize Finalist), Quarter After Eight, SWWIM, Pilgrimage Magazine, and others. 

Virtual Book Group – Mansfield Park
Jul 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Jul
27
Mon
2020
Virtual Book Group – Mansfield Park
Jul 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Jul
29
Wed
2020
In the Poetry Garden: An Online Poetry Workshop
Jul 29 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Starting Wednesday, July 8 from 12-2pm, the West Tisbury Library will host “In the Poetry Garden,” a weekly online poetry gathering led by KT Herr. We’ll come together using Zoom for a more-or-less traditionally-structured workshop discussion of each poet’s work, finishing up with a reading by each poet of a finished, favorite poem of their own. This is workshop-style class, geared toward practiced poets with a degree of writing experience. Meets virtually through Zoom on Wednesdays at 12pm (7/8, 7/15, 7/22,  7/29). Join one, some, or all sessions. Each session will be limited to six participants. Free and open to the public!

Contact KT to register by emailing kt.herr@gmail.com, and please submit a single poem via email at least two days in advance of the workshop (sign up and submit a poem by Monday afternoon). KT will email the poems around to each participant, and everyone will have two days to make notes on the poems, keeping in mind the following analogy:

Poems are green, living things. What is the seed from which this poem grew? Where are the moments of blooming, fruiting? What is the structure of the stems supporting these blooms? How might the poet prune and train the foliage toward a more fruitful, more pleasing result? Good writing communities function like a healthy ecosystem; on the basis of exchange. Participants will be expected to give thoughtful feedback as well as receive it.

 

About the teacher:

KT Herr (she/her/hers) is a poet, songwriter, and grilled cheese enthusiast who grew up in Lancaster, PA and West Tisbury, MA. She is a 2020 MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College, where she is a Jane Cooper Fellow and 2019-2020 Thomas Lux Scholar. Previously, she lived in Grand Rapids, MI, where she was board secretary for Write616, poetry editor at The 3288 Review, and host of Electric Poetry on WYCE. While pursuing her graduate degree, KT has served as a Right-to-Write incarcerated writers workshop coordinator, Sunnyside college prep teaching artist, Firefly Podcast co-producer, Lumina Journal reader, member of the SLC Graduate Writing Program Diversity Committee, co-founder of the MFA Community Potluck series, and co-director of the 2020 Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival. The recipient of a 2017 Pushcart nomination and a 2019 Pabst Fellowship from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, KT was also named one of four 2018 Featured Women Poets with Punch Drunk Press. She currently works as a publishing intern for Black Lawrence Press, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Frontier Poetry (OPEN Prize Finalist), Quarter After Eight, SWWIM, Pilgrimage Magazine, and others. 

Jul
31
Fri
2020
Deep Dive: A Poetry Craft Class
Jul 31 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Deep Dive: A Poetry Craft Class 

Starting Friday, July 10 from 3-4:30pm, the West Tisbury Library will host a weekly online poetry craft class led by KT Herr. In this craft and generative class centered in collaboration, we’ll consider a selection of poems together as a group in order to zoom in on a particular aspect of craft. From line breaks and enjambment, to titling, to extended metaphor, to ekphrasis, each class will begin with a discussion of examples drawn from contemporary poets, followed by prompts and writing time designed to encourage playfulness and discovery related to the craft elements at hand. We’ll close each class with a reading of what we’ve generated during the writing session. Please register by email (kt.herr@gmail.com) twenty-four hours in advance in order to receive class materials.

These classes meet virtually through Zoom on Fridays at 3pm (7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31). Join one, some, or all sessions. Free and open to the public!

About the teacher:

KT Herr (she/her/hers) is a poet, songwriter, and grilled cheese enthusiast who grew up in Lancaster, PA and West Tisbury, MA. She is a 2020 MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College, where she is a Jane Cooper Fellow and 2019-2020 Thomas Lux Scholar. Previously, she lived in Grand Rapids, MI, where she was board secretary for Write616, poetry editor at The 3288 Review, and host of Electric Poetry on WYCE. While pursuing her graduate degree, KT has served as a Right-to-Write incarcerated writers workshop coordinator, Sunnyside college prep teaching artist, Firefly Podcast co-producer, Lumina Journal reader, member of the SLC Graduate Writing Program Diversity Committee, co-founder of the MFA Community Potluck series, and co-director of the 2020 Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival. The recipient of a 2017 Pushcart nomination and a 2019 Pabst Fellowship from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, KT was also named one of four 2018 Featured Women Poets with Punch Drunk Press. She currently works as a publishing intern for Black Lawrence Press, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Frontier Poetry (OPEN Prize Finalist), Quarter After Eight, SWWIM, Pilgrimage Magazine, and others.