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Block Island Poetry Project
12th Annual Celebration -  April 16 - 19

Please join the Block Island Poetry Project’s ever-growing family of friends, poets, musicians and artists for the 12th annual celebration. The BIPP offers a unique blend of song, music, movement and poetry workshops, enhanced by the island’s rugged and beautiful land and seascape and the integration with the island community. 

This year, we dedicate our celebration to the memory of our beloved Joya Verde.

Highlighting this year’s event are artist/sculptor/poet Ana Flores and world-renowned poet and Rumi translator Coleman Barks.  Barks is a long-time friend of the Poetry Project and will be returning for his 7th visit to share his poignant translations of the 13th century mystic/poet Jelalludin Rumi. Coleman  will treat us to a special reading  from his new book Soul Fury: Rumi and Shams Tabriz on Friendship.  We are thrilled to announce that Coleman will be accompanied by Grammy Award-winning cellist Eugene Friesen of the Paul Winter Consort.

Ana Flores has made a name for herself through her remarkable Poetry of the Wild project. This unique interactive exhibit invites participants to explore and rediscover familiar landscapes through the unique lens of poetry and art.  These installations have delighted communities from coast to coast (including Mystic, CT, Colorado Springs, CO, St. Louis, MO, and most recently, Tubac, AZ). Different members of the island community (including  school students, town employees, artists and local residents) are hard at work creating integrative  “poetry boxes” which will be installed all around the island, and which invite the public to  out for a walk to see their world anew through the keenly felt perspectives of poets and artists. Please visit for more information on Ana’s amazing work.

We are pleased that South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth and acclaimed poet Carol Ann Davis will be returning to Block Island to conduct workshops, along with Indiana poet and teacher Joe Heithaus. 

Poet Lucile Burt and artist/rock balancer Mark Bailey will collaborate to share a new toolkit for originating poetic works in nature.

Join us this year for what promises to be an exciting and memorable weekend. Registration and accommodation information can be found in the links to the left, and the schedule will be updated routinely.


A big Thank You! to the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts for their recent grant to us in the Arts Access category, and to our State officials for keeping the arts alive in RI.

Also, BIPP would like to thank The Roosa Foundation for yet another generous grant this year and for being an unwavering patron for the past three years.

Last Updated: 3/1/2015