Klinkhart Hall Arts Center is pleased to continue the tradition established by Festival founder Paul Muldoon of featuring distinguished poets to read, talk about their work, and conduct poetry workshops, all free to the public.
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.
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.
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.
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.