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February 18, 2019 11:00AM
Poetry: Beating Heart of the Arts
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February 18, 2019 11:00AM


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Discussion followed by lunch. Florida Studio Theatre’s Court Cabaret, corner of Cocoanut and First in downtown Sarasota.

Music, painting, prose, playwrighting all owe their existence to poetry and poets. Please join in our lively discussion of how these artistic forms have been engendered or inspired by poets. Our panel will relate their own experiences with poetry and talk with the audience about how poetry impacts other art forms. Panelists include poets Terrance Hayes and Simon Armitage, musician/painter Bill Buchman and moderator Kate Alexander.

Terrance Hayes, winner of the National Book Award, is the author of six books of poetry and one of short stories. He has been a recipient of many honors and awards, including a 2014 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, two Pushcart selections, eight Best American Poetry selections, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. His poems have appeared in many literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, Poetry, and The American Poetry Review. His poetry has also been featured on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Simon Armitage is one of England’s best-loved authors. He is an award-winning poet, songwriter, playwright and translator. His numerous collections of poetry include Unaccompanied, published in late 2017. His nonfiction book, Walking Home: A Poet’s Journey, documents his 265-mile walking tour across England, working as a “modern troubadour.” In 2010 Armitage was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to poetry. In the US he has twice been shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is the current professor of poetry at Oxford University and is professor of poetry at the University of Sheffield.

Bill Buchman is an artist, musician, educator, and author who has worked as a painter and jazz pianist for over 50 years. Buchman’s paintings combine the principles of music, color and drawing in vibrant abstracts which have been described as “symphonies of space, form and color” and in fluid figure drawings which have been characterized as " lightning bursts of energy condensed into a fine line." As a musician, he has performed widely with his own group and with jazz greats throughout the world.

Kate Alexander is Associate Director at Large for Florida Studio Theatre. An actress, director and educator, Kate has been creating for over 30 years with hundreds of productions to her credit, many regional or world premieres. Broadway World said, "Watching Kate Alexander perform is like having a masterclass in acting." She founded the FST theatre school whose mission and training are cultivated from her passion for "truth on stage” and created a city-wide dialogue on race about which Rex Ellis of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture noted, "You are on the pulse of our collective anxiety."

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