Anne Waldman is an active member of the Outrider experimental poetry movement, and has been connected to the Beat movement and the second generation of the New York School. She has published over forty books of poetry.
Billy Collins is perhaps the best know poet in the US. He is the author of twelve collections of poetry, former US poet Laureate, distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York and Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Winter Park Institute of Rollins College.
Erica Jong is a celebrated poet, novelist & essayist with over twenty-five published books that have been influential all over the world. Her most popular novel, Fear of Flying, celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013.
Jean was born and raised in New York City. She is the author of six novels, a collection of poetry and a theater producer. Korelitz is the founder of BOOKTHEWRITER, a New York City based service that offers "Pop-Up Book Groups" where readers can discuss books with their authors.
Michael Dickman earned a BA at the University of Oregon and received his MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. He now teaches poetry at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.
Owen Nied is a 22-year old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. As a solo artist, he performs high-energy, jazz -infused rock, blues and hip-hop was soulful vocals and virtuosity guitar playing.
Robert Pinsky is a poet, essayist, translator, teacher, and speaker. His first two terms as United States Poet Laureate were marked by such visible dynamism—and such national enthusiasm in response—that the Library of Congress appointed him to an unprecedented third term.
Perking ears and turning heads with his Soulful melodies and acoustic-inspired rock lines, Ryan Leddick is in his own league with a collage of musical tools at his disposal. His voice hints at the Adele like simplicities of pain and strength, as he uses his lyrics and unique songwriting ability to echo the humbling and thought-provoking natures of Martin Sexton and Dave Matthews. Ryan's 2015 EP "Live From Morris", was a mark of his authenticity and honesty mixed with his love of live performance.
Having shared the stage with the likes of Damien Rice, Patty Larkin, and notable broadway artists, Ryan Leddick has blended years of experience into his work. You'd be remised if you didn't hear him.
“There are very few people in music who can move you with both the passion for their music and the raw emotions of their vocals... Joe Benevento - StRose Chronicle
Our friend and neighbor Sharon Jones passed away on November 18, 2016. Just two months earlier she arranged a showing of the new documentary film, "Miss Sharon Jones!" as a fundraiser for the Arts Center during the Sharon Springs Harvest Festival Weekend.
Tracy K. Smith is the author of four collections of poetry, including "Life on Mars," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. In 2017 and again in 2018 she was named US Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress.