An Island of Poetry

Atheneum - FREE POEMS sign-2June 26, 2016

We are four lucky poets.  Last weekend, we once again had the privilege of typing poems for the Nantucket Book Festival.

It was magic-on-an-island.


We kicked off our time by writing poems for guests in the sun-dappled Atheneum garden — the outdoor heart of the festival.

Atheneum - Us-9 Atheneum - Jodi-3

In the evening, we got to mingle with the festival presenters — including Billy Collins (our favorite poet!) — at a wonderfully intimate party hosted by co-founder Mary Haft.

Us-Billy-4 [YES]
[with Billy Collins!]

Mary also wrote this beautiful article about us for N Magazine.  Do we ❤️ Mary?  More than we can say!

After a second day of Atheneum typing, at night we wrote poems for some of the festival authors at “Authors in Bars.”  It was intimidating and awesome.

Authors In Bars - Billy at table
[Our typing table — Jodi typing a poem for Billy in the fore]

Sean-Billy collage
[Sean sharing his poem with Billy]

Authors in Bars - Us & Charlotte Hess Westmoor - old fashioned flame
[Making new friends!   …   and getting a “Westmoor Old-Fashioned” 🍊🔥👏]

On Sunday we biked the island (thanks Young’s Bikes!) …

Us-3 [YES] IMG_7906

… then got a sweet tour of Cisco Brewery & Distillery.

IMG_7915 Kari reading poem
[tasting “barrel candy”      …     Kari reading her “Scotch” poem to the distillery owner]

Kari whiskey poem

On our last day, we got to type at the gorgeous and welcoming Westmoor Club (our hosts for the weekend — thank you!!!).  And in the evening, we were joined by our two newest honorary Rodeo members. ❤️

Westmoor club-2 [YES] Sharon & Us typing-3 [YES]
[typing with the incredibly talented M. and Sharon Stone]

Yeah, we are four lucky freaking poets.  Thank you, Nantucket, old friends and new! We can’t wait to come back. ⛵️🐳📚❤️

Wine cockail party - us [YES] Program - us

Some poems we wrote in honor of the festival:

ACK Book Fest ACK Porm [David]

ACK poem [Kari] By the Sea [Jodi]