24th Year of Inspiring Words and Music

Quickly, never mind death, never mind mute, oblivious, onrushing time:

wake, hold me!
                                             C.K. Williams

My Dear Friends,
Spring is coming!  And so is The Arts Café Mystic!  As Emily Dickinson wrote, "A Light exists in Spring / That science cannot overtake / But Human Nature feels..."
This is the Light that The Arts Café proposes to deliver to your Human Nature this spring with our line-up of inspiring poetry and music.  So, please mark these dates in your calendar:
            March 23
            Poet:  Lisa Starr
            Music:  Noah Feldman
            April 20
            Poet:  Philip Schultz
            Music:  Nora Fox & Friends
            May 11
            Poet:  Ocean Vuong
            Music:  Coco Beaux
Just a note or two about these programs:  
March 23  Lisa Starr is the two-time former Poet Laureate of Rhode Island, founder and long-time Director of the Block Island Project, and author of three fine books of poems.  Her voice will bring you laughter and wisdom.  This show will also continue our annual tradition of celebrating the student Poets Laureate of the region's high schools.  
April 20   The Pulitzer Prize-winner Philip Schultz is widely regarded as one of America's greatest living poets.  He returns to The Arts Café with a magnificent new book of poems, called Luxury.  Expect to be moved.  Add to this the pure joy of songstress Nora Fox & Friends.  Big night.
May 11   You probably heard Ocean Vuong read and talk about his poems on NPR's All Things Considered.  He's the prodigiously talented young Vietnamese-American poet whose debut book Night Sky with Exit Wounds won a boatload of big prizes last year.  His poems are a stirring mix of personal and national history that speak to the 21st century immigrant experience.  Deep stuff.  Which will be leavened by the musical flirtation of Coco Beaux, the male a cappella group from Connecticut College. 
We hope you can join us!

Christie Max Williams
Artistic Director
The Arts Cafe Mystic