Syracuse Stage’s Poetry & Play series moves online with nationally acclaimed poets

Nationally recognized poets Joshua Bennett, Rachel Hadas, Linda Gregerson, David Yezzi and Charles Martin bring their poetry to Central New York via the new online series from Syracuse Stage, Poetry & Play

The online video series is an extension of an existing live performance series that paired poets and poetry with similarly themed Syracuse Stage plays. The move to presenting the series online is part of Syracuse Stage’s response to the closure of theaters due to Covid-19. The online version will feature poets and actors self-recording and reading poems written about experiences in the theatre. New installments will appear in your email inbox every other Monday.

The online video series is an extension of an existing live performance series that paired poets and poetry with similarly themed Syracuse Stage plays. The move to presenting the series online is part of Syracuse Stage’s response to the closure of theaters due to Covid-19. The online version will feature poets and actors self-recording and reading poems written about experiences in the theatre. New installments will appear in your email inbox every other Monday.

The poems are like “love letters to the art form we miss so dearly,” said Kyle Bass, Syracuse Stage’s associate artistic director who is curating the series with Martin, an award-winning poet and Syracuse resident. “It’s been very rewarding to engage with some of the country’s best poets who love and write about theatre or live performance in their work,” said Bass.

The latest installment features the poem “At the Tempest,” written and read by Rachel Hadas.

Rachel Hadas is the author of numerous books of poetry, essays and translations. Her latest collection is “Poems for Camilla” (2018); “Love and Dread,” a new volume of poetry, is due out in the fall of 2020, and “Piece by Piece,” prose selections, in the spring of 2021. The recipient of honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Director’s Fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, the New York Public Library, Rachel Hadas is Board of Governors Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark, where she has taught for many years. To listen to their latest installment click Poetry & Play

Nationally recognized poets Joshua Bennett, Rachel Hadas, Linda Gregerson, David Yezzi and Charles Martin bring their poetry to Central New York via the new online series from Syracuse Stage, Poetry & Play

The online video series is an extension of an existing live performance series that paired poets and poetry with similarly themed Syracuse Stage plays. The move to presenting the series online is part of Syracuse Stage’s response to the closure of theaters due to Covid-19. The online version will feature poets and actors self-recording and reading poems written about experiences in the theatre. New installments will appear in your email inbox every other Monday.