NARROWSBURG, N.Y. — The Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC) will celebrate 20 years of serving poets and writers at the River Rocks Poetry Jamboree on Saturday, May 18.
The day-long event will kick off at 1 p.m. with a "poetry parade" through town, featuring stilt walkers, drummers and winners of a poetry and art design contest involving Sullivan County students in grades 1 through 12. The young poets will share their work at an awards ceremony at the Tusten Theater, 210 Bridge Street.
A panel discussion with renowned authors from the region will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main Street.
The discussion, with audience participation, will focus on the creative process, how writers get their ideas and the interaction among the genres of journalism, poetry, fiction, children's book writing and playwriting.
Participants include novelist Rilla Askew, playwright Paul Austin, journalist Kevin McDonough, children's book author Vera B. Williams and the event's headline poet, Salita Bryant. A wine and cheese reception will follow.
Then, the UDWC will debut its newest publication, "River Rocks Anthology: The Best of 20 Years of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective," featuring work from members both past and present.
After a dinner break, the poetry-filled evening will begin with an open mic followed by three-time Pushcart Prize-nominated poet Salita Bryant, who will read from her work.
Bryant, the author of "Addie Bundren is Dead," a book of poems based on William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying," has been widely published and is the recipient of many awards and prizes.
She holds a Ph.D. in literature, an M.Ed. in clinical counseling, and an MFA in poetry. She teaches English at Lehman College in New York City.
A celebratory wine reception rounds out the day, with sweets and savories provided by Natural Contents Kitchen.
The event is free.
For more information, call UDWC director Mary Greene at 845-252-7506. Visit (and Like) UDWC on Facebook.