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Wednesday, September 21, 2:00 pm

Wednesdays, September 21-October 26, 2-4pm

Catamount Arts Center
115 Eastern Ave.
St. Johnsbury, VT

Instructor: Toussaint St. Negritude

During a six week program of illuminating sessions, we will explore and compose the poetry of our own experiences, thoughts, and lives in the Northeast Kingdom, supportively encouraging the diversity and inclusion of all our voices and communities. Through a series of prompts and assignments, participants will write and discuss a series of poems, which will be compiled into an anthology and shared with all class members. Toussaint will serve as a guide, supporting and assisting each poet. Adults are encouraged to join younger students in this multigenerational program.

Class fee: $60 (10% discount for siblings and Catamount Arts members). Click HERE to complete an enrollment form. We never want a family to make a difficult decision regarding their child’s enrichment, which is why we make generous tuition assistance available. Parents and caregivers wishing to discuss financial assistance should contact Anne at 802-748-2600 ext. 109 for details.

Registration deadline: September 19.

Please refer to our website for any current COVID-19 related restrictions.

Former Poet Laureate of Belfast, Maine, poet, bass clarinetist and composer Toussaint St. Negritude conjures whole liberations in full tempo. US Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks described his work as “full of sweet sounds and surprises.” Originally from San Francisco, Toussaint has lived broadly across the African Diaspora, from the sacred mountains of Haiti to the Coltrane District of North Philadelphia. He is the leader of the band Jaguar Stereo, a freeform ensemble performing his own poetry and improvisational jazz, and his works have been widely published and recorded for over 40 years. On an alpine sanctuary facing east, Toussaint continues to thrive in the farthest elevations of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.