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 The River Current

Writing The Watershed Festival

Sunday’s Schedule of events

Writing The Watershed Literary Festival Schedule of Events

Writing the Watershed Literary Festival Overview

Friday’s Schedule of Events

Saturday’s Schedule of Events

Advanced Workshop Registration and Event Tickets

*Schedule is subject to change

Sunday, August 26th

In the David Remling Science Center

Noon – 1:30:  Poetry Workshop, “Writing With Roots” with Daniel Bowman

This workshop will take a look at strategies for writing about our home places, with a particular focus on the Mohawk River valley and upstate New York. We’ll examine ways to hone in on the unique details of setting, and read sample poems that root us carefully in their places. Then we’ll study a few helpful poetic forms such as ekphrasis (writing about art—in our case, photographs) and found poetry (taking existing texts and re-fashioning them into something new).  You’ll have time to begin at least two new original poems, and share what you’ve done with other like minded writers.

The workshop will be led by Daniel Bowman Jr., Associate Professor of English at Taylor University in Indiana. Bowman grew up in Mohawk, NY, and graduated from Mohawk Central School. His Palatine ancestors came to upstate New York over three-hundred years ago.  Bowman holds a BA in English from Roberts Wesleyan College (Rochester, NY), an MA in comparative literature from the University of Cincinnati, and an MFA in creative writing with a focus in poetry from Seattle Pacific University. His first book of poems, A Plum Tree in Leatherstocking Country, was published in 2012 by VAC Poetry in Chicago, and is set largely in the Mohawk Valley. His work has appeared in many print and online magazines around the country, including The Adirondack Review, American Poetry Journal, Books & Culture, The Midwest Quarterly, The Northern Agrarian, Rio Grande Review, Saint Katherine Review, Seneca Review, and others.

In the Nature Preserve

10:00 – 11:30:  Field Notes and Storylines with Mary Cuffe Perez, Part Two at the Appalachian Lean-to

Part two of a two-day nature writing workshop composed of a nature walk followed by a writing session inspired by what was observed and learned during the walk.  As a result of this workshop, it is hoped that everyone would gain a greater awareness of and appreciation for the natural world and a new perspective of nature as a source of creativity.  Journals and pencils will be provided; participants should have bug spray, water, and, if they choose, binoculars.  For Ages 8 and up.  

Mary Cuffe Perez is a writer and amateur naturalist who lives in Galway, New York.  She has published four books and written natural history articles for Adirondack Life, Northern Woodlands, NYS Conservationist, and others.  Books include:  Woman of Too Many Days, Calyx Press, poetry; Skylar, Penguin, children’s novel; Nothing by Name, Shaggy Dog Books, novel-in-verse; Barn Stories, North Country Books, creative non-fiction  

12:00 – 1:00: Field Notes and Story Lines, Kids Open Mike, “Kids Write about Home” all literary forms acceptable.  A sign-up sheet will be available at registration.  Attendance in “Field Notes and Storylines” not required.

In the SRC Cultural Center

1:30 – 2:15  “The Mohawk Watershed as Inspiration: A guided discussion on the role of place for local 19th and early 20th century writers.”   - Join us for a guided discussion about writers and writing in and about the region.  Alan Casline (Rootdrinker Press) moderates this discussion by Ken Jones, Esperance Town Historian and Dan Weaver (Bookhound)

2:15 – 3:15:  Watershed Writers of the Past –a  reading the Texts of Lape, Christman, Liddle and others by invited readers - Local personages and celebrity readers share the writings of Fred Lape, WW Christman, Warren Liddle, Clarence Foote, and others.  Confirmed readers include Bart McDougall; David Barnes;  John Naple, Alan Casline, etc.

3:30 – 4:00  Poetry Reading with Dan Bowman  (see previous listing for Bowman’s Biography)

4:00 – 5:00  Deep Hearted Poetry: An Open Mike Poetry Event with Alan Casline  - Come plan to read your own poetry.  We ask that writings and readings reflect the Mohawk/Schoharie experience.  Refreshments will be served.

5:00 Closing Reception



This two-day festival is supported by public funds from Humanities New York, Poets and Writers, and the Mohawk Regional Economic Development Initiative, administered by the New York State Council on the Arts.    For further information, contact John McKeeby, Executive Director of the Schoharie River Center at 518-875-6230