Between December 2nd and December 5th Green Lantern Press and Kenning Editions–with support from Poets and Writers–presented a Festival of Poets Theater. The festival featured 3-4 events each evening beginning at 7pm and a symposium on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:30pm.
Poets theater is a genre of porous borders, one that emerges about the same time, and involving many of the same artists, as performance art, performance poetry (“spoken word”), conceptual and “intermedia” art. But poets have long been playwrights, either primarily (Sophocles, Shakespeare) or as a platform for postmodern literary experimentation (the operas and page plays of Gertrude Stein, for example). The Festival of Poets Theater features performances, screenings and readings over four nights, plus an afternoon of talks on the genre and salient examples of it. The festival is curated by Devin King and Patrick Durgin.