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A zoom movie event from Word. Blue Hill Literary Arts Festival

Word Festival: Close Apart

Thursday, October. 21, 2021 at 6 p.m. Register

CLOSE APART: Beatrix Gates, poetry, and Tim Seabrook, etchings
A suite of seven etchings by Seabrook spanning Gates’ poems
from 1973 to the present with color washes by Leslie Cummins

A documentary film, commissioned by Word from Blue Hill filmmaker Matt Shaw and underwritten by the Anahata Foundation, features a portrait of the process of making “Close Apart,” presenting poetry by Beatrix Gates of Brooksville with etchings by intaglio printmaker Tim Seabrook and color washes by painter Leslie Cummins, Blue Hill.
Thurs., Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. Register.


2021 Cold Read Shorts

The ancient Greeks, who gave us theatre and drama, called the first writers for the stage poets. In celebration of National Poetry Month (April), COLD READ SHORTs presents nationally recognized poets reading selections from their dramatic texts written for the stage. From verse dramas, opera libretti, translations of classical dramatic works, and adaptations, we celebrate the poet as playwright and honor poetry as the original language of the theatre.

The National Poetry Month edition of COLD READ SHORTs is co-curated by associate artistic director and playwright Kyle Bass and nationally renowned poet Charles Martin.

This special installment of COLD READ SHORTs:
Enjoy Beatrix Gates sharing “Betrayal” from her libretto for the opera The Singing Bridge.

Conceived by Beatrix Gates | Music by Anna Dembska | Libretto by Beatrix Gates | World Premiere at the Stonington Opera House, Stonington, Maine, July 8-10, 2005 | Read by Beatrix Gates
Check out The Singing Bridge samples, audio, and text.

POETRY Northwest INTERVIEW with Senior Editor, Jaimie Li

Poetry Northwest

Illuminating poetry since 1959

Published on June 29, 2020
Interview // Not Some Side Trip: A Conversation with Beatrix Gates


L to R, Jesús Aguado, Electa Arenal & Beatrix Gates Celebration of The Poems of Vikram Babu, Bilingual Reading & Program on Translation, Poets House, NYC
photo: R. Santillan

Jesús Aguado is the recent winner of Spain’s Manuel Alcántara Poetry Prize for  the poem, “Intemperie del deseo”/Weathering of desire.

Read/Listen to bilingual selections, read by Beatrix Gates & Electa Arenal, from The Poems of Vikram Babu, HOST, 2006.

Beatrix Gates, News

B. Gates, San Francisco, 1972 photo: A. Tuttle

2016 Artist-in-Residence at QUEST University in Squamish, BC:
Teaching “The Words to Say It: Poetry & Prose.”
Artist Residency for “Good Seeing: A Poem of the Full Sky.”

2016 Great Spruce Head Island, Poet-in-Residence for ArtWeek, Penobscot Bay, Maine.

2016 “Acadia: The Land as Teacher,” sponsored by Reversing Falls Sanctuary (RFS) in partnership with Acadia National Park’s Centennial Celebration 2016— Opening, Sunday, August 14, 2016, Artists and Writers, “The Gallery Within,” Brooksville, Maine. Exhibit, August 14-28, 2016.

2015 Artist Residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. At the MacDowell Colony, “Epiphany” (from Dos, Finishing Line) was translated into Arabic and the poem, called “Song of Love” in translation, appeared on the excellent Iraqi literature site: