Local poetry audio archive project at the Chilmark library

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The Chilmark Public Library has begun an ongoing audio archiving project to record local poets reading an original poem. The project started in April in honor of National Poetry Month. There will be an info session and drop-in recording event on Saturday, April 20, from 1 to 3 pm. Recordings will continue for the rest of the year by appointment. Recordings will be preserved on CDs which will live in the permanent collection in the Martha’s Vineyard room to be heard by the public.

Martha’s Vineyard is home to many poets, and poetry is an oral art as well as a written one. In an effort to preserve the unique and historic experience of hearing an author read his or her own work, the Chilmark library will be gathering these recordings in the hopes of honoring our strong literary tradition, supporting local artists, and capturing this unique type of oral history for future generations.

All poets are welcome to participate. Contact adult programming coordinator Marlan Siegelman by calling the library at 508-645-3360, or emailing msigelman@clamsnet.org. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.