WordXWord presents a mini-festival of poetry, spoken word and storytelling at The Mount / Edith Wharton’s Home. Celebrating home-grown poetry and spoken word, as well as the work of visiting artists, festival events will be held outdoors taking advantage of The Mount’s beautiful setting and open spaces.
All WordXWord events are free, however reservations are encouraged. Visit EdithWharton.org to make reservations and for more information.
Each evening is a “doubleheader” featuring a 45 minute exploration of selected pieces in the SculptureNow exhibition, followed by a “nightcap” including an evening of collaborative poetry (Tuesday), an evening celebrating the voices of women (Wednesday), and a Story Slam (Thursday). Audience is welcome to attend either or both events each evening.
New to WordXWord this year is the Wild Words Cafe orchestrated by Melissa Cairns. From 5-5:45 pm each evening all are invited to join in a very social hour. Bring your own snacks, catch up with old friends, make new ones, try your hand at a writing challenge, or just chill out! Plus a poetry-book swap (leave one and/or take one).
In the case of rain or inclement weather, events will be held in The Mount’s large event tent where proper social distancing will be maintained.
It’s a three-day spoken word festival! Each evening is a doubleheader starting with Walkin’ with WordXWord, in which poets present short pieces in response to works in the 2021 SculptureNow exhibition, followed by poetry and storytelling events.
For Accomplice[d], July 20 at 7 PM, WordXWord has challenged poets to step outside of their typically solitary discipline to create and perform collaborative pieces.
WordXWomen, July 21 at 7 PM, will feature the voices of 9 women, spanning seven generations and a broad spectrum of approach and style.
For WXW’s Story Slam on July 22 at 7 PM, storytellers will offer 5-minute true, first-person stories reflecting on the theme “Unsaid.” A story slam is a storytelling competition with volunteer judges from the audience.
The Sculpture Walks portion of the program is from 6:00 to 6:45 PM nightly, and we recommend registering, as spaces are limited.