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River To River, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s (LMCC) annual summer festival, was created in the aftermath of 9/11 with the intention to heal and celebrate New Yorkers’ resiliency through the power of art. For almost 20 years this principle has been the driving force behind this unique festival, totally free and open to all. Responding to the uncertainties and challenges of this present moment, LMCC and the founding partners of River To River have reimagined River To River 2020, inviting artists to create new works to offer to New Yorkers as we navigate these uncharted waters together.

The Seaport District and LMCC invite you to participate in Asiya Wadud’s ECHO EXHIBIT, a moment for conversation and listening between writers and participants.

About Asiya Wadud: ECHO EXHIBIT

Poems form in the space we make for them. Sometimes a few words rattle around our minds, with only the faintest context to give them shape. Sometimes there is a fleeting image we want to imprint — we want it to stay with us a little longer. If we sit with the image, we can watch it come into focus — we can take hold of the words, we write them down and watch the poem take its shape.

ECHO EXHIBIT is a moment for conversation and listening.

We invite you to participate and speak with a poet. Each participant will have a one-on-one telephone call with a writer who will help craft a poem based on the words, theme and tone of the conversation. This poem will capture the ideas, texture and sensations of that particular moment.

As this collection of poems expands, they will be shared publicly so all who read the pieces can celebrate their mutual experiences, both personally and as a community.

Participating writers include Lara Atallah, Sevinç Çalhanoğlu, Chia-Lun Chang, Alisha Mascarenhas, Madison McCartha, Rebekah Smith, and Asiya Wadud.

Participants, both children (recommended for ages 4 and up) and adults, can sign up for a fifteen-minute slot and a writer will call you at the telephone number you provide to help to craft your poem.




Co-presented with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) as part of River To River 2020