Noteworthy events on Martha’s Vineyard


One-Day University

Early bird registration for One-Day University: Arts, Culture, Sustainability, is available until this Friday, June 1. The event, hosted by Adult and Community Education of Martha’s Vineyard, will take place at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School on June 23 from 8 am to 3 pm.

The day will consist of workshops, round-table discussions, and gallery exhibits that focus on the interaction between art, culture, and sustainability efforts in agriculture, energy, health, education, and the environment. Guests include psychologist Robert Leaver, storyteller Susan Klein, and professor and former President of the Rwandan Parliament Joseph Sebarenzi. There will also be a locally farmed lunch prepared by Kitchen Porch.

Admission is $65 with early registration; $99 after June 1. Register online at For optional graduate and undergraduate college credit through Fitchburg State University, contact Email or call 774-310-1131 for more information.

Writers unblocked

Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing (MVICW) is open for registration and scholarship applications for the 2012 Summer Writing Program.

MVICW gives writers the opportunity to develop their craft amongst established authors. The faculty lead writing workshops, work one-on-one with individuals, and provide individuals with the necessary tips and tools for editing and publishing their work

MVICW has merit-based and need-based scholarships this year. The scholarships cover between 50 and 100 percent of tuition costs. Scholarship applications must be received by June 1, and awards will be announced in mid-June.

MVICW also presents the High School Writers Collaborative, a summer writing camp for students in ninth through twelfth grade. This one-week summer camp runs from July 9 to 13 and is for students between 14 and 19 years old.

A detailed description of the 2012 Summer Writing Program, along with scholarshipapplication and registration information, can be found at

Ringing in the joy of June

The Merrimack Valley Ringers (MVR), a virtuoso and enthusiastic handbell ensemble, will present a concert at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury on Saturday, June 2, at 4 pm. The 17 ringers will perform audience-pleasing favorites from their repertoire as well as a new piece commissioned to celebrate their 10th anniversary. This is the group’s second visit to the Island, hosted by the West Tisbury Bell Choir.

This is a free concert by the all-volunteer group. Audience members may contribute to a free-will offering and will have the opportunity to purchase MVR CD’s.

Award winning poetry in West Tisbury

On Tuesday, June 5 at 5 pm, West Tisbury’s new Poet Laureate Justen Ahren will read with Rebecca Morgan Frank to help celebrate the publication of Ms. Frank’s new book, “Little Murders Everywhere” (Salmon Poetry 2012).

Ms. Frank’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Guernica, Crazyhorse, The Georgia Review, Best New Poets 2008, and elsewhere. In 2010, she received the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award for her manuscript-in-progress.

Justen Ahren is a poet whose work has appeared in Fulcrum and Borderlands and Texas Poetry Review. He is co-director of the Summer Festival of Poetry on Martha’s Vineyard and founder and director of The Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency.

Refreshments will be served, and the event is free. For more information, call Jennifer Tseng or Beth Kramer at 508-693-3366 or email

Support for the arts

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for the Visual Arts is pleased to announce the names of the first annual grant recipients. This year 13 Island artists were awarded modest financial support for their events and projects. Grants were provided for performance arts, filmmaking, costumes, and supplies for fiber art, painting and pottery projects.

The recipients are: Thomas Bena, Christine Bresnahan, Margot Datz, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, Basia Jaworska, Ruth Major, Bill O’Callahan, Jamie Rogers, Ed Shullman, Ed Smiley, Phyllis Vecchia, Ken Vincent, and Linda Ziegler.

For more information go to or contact Renee Balter at 508-696-7643.