December 7 – 10,2016

@ sector 2337 and links hall

curated by Devin King and Patrick Durgin

The Second Annual Festival of Poets Theater will be presented by Links Hall and Sector 2337. The festival will include performances, readings, and talks on the genre by Carla Harryman, Jennifer Tamayo, Dodie Bellamy, Kevin Killian, Michael Pisaro, Alex Waterman, Kevin B. Lee, Nathaneal Jones. There will also be a screening of Jonas Mekas’ film of The Living Theatre’s 1964 production of Kenneth H. Brown’s The Brig.

Poets theater is a genre of porous borders, one that emerges about the same time, and involving many of the same artists, as performance art, performance poetry (“spoken word”), conceptual and “intermedia” art. But poets have also long been playwrights, either primarily (Sophocles, Shakespeare) or as a platform for postmodern literary experimentation (the operas and page plays of Gertrude Stein, for example). The Second Annual Festival of Poets Theater asks: How does Poets Theater integrate the usually solitary research practice of the poet into the ecstatically open site of the theater? How does performance “do” poetry, and how does it replicate poetry’s gestural openness? And what are the outer reaches of these theatrical gestures; how does Poets Theater fold into dance, painting, sculpture, music, and even back into poetry?

The Second Annual Festival of Poet’s Theater is programmed by Patrick Durgin and Devin King as part of the Links Hall Artistic Associate Curatorial Residency and is generously supported by the Commissioning Collective.


The festival is supported by

Links Hall is a Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN).This project is made possible in part by support from the NPNPerformance Residency Program and the NPN Community Fund. Major contributors of NPN include theDoris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, the NationalEndowment for the Arts (a federal agency), the MetLife Foundation andthe Nathan Cummings Foundation.


The first ten festival passes come with a subscription to Poetry Magazine. All festival passes come with a copy of The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater: 1945-1985.
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$30 Early Bird Fest Pass
buy before November 12, 2016
$40 Fest Pass
$10 suggested donation Sector 2337
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$18 general admission Links Hall
$15 industry tickets Links Hall
$12 students & seniors Links Hall

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The Second Edition of Poets Theater Festival is a National Performance Network Performance Residency. Links Hall’s Residencies are supported by the generous contributions of the Links Hall Commissioning Collective, a group of dedicated individuals who make multi-year pledges to support Links’ direct grants to artists to research, develop and present new work in the performing arts.