At Wilco’s extraordinary Solid Sound Festival 2015, WanderWord embarked on a very special project. We offered poetry programming during the festival in the form of three interactive, superfun projects. The Lost in the Words Poetry Trail led folks around the awe-inspiring MASS MoCA campus by way of 12 audio installations of site-specific poems, each pre-recorded by their preeminent authors. Also, interspersed throughout the campus, a team of pop-up poets, Poets in Unexpected Places, made the rounds, delighting crowds by performing spontaneous readings in various galleries and outdoor spaces. As well, Typewriter Poets, Food for the Soul & Lynn Gentry were stationed in several locations, collaborating with festival-goers to create original poems on sumptuous, antique typewriters.
Over the course of three days, our team reached a few thousand people with meaningful, ebullient poetry experiences. The abundance of curiosity and genuine encouragement from festival-goers was inspiring; not only were they open-hearted towards each of the WanderWord projects, but it was as if they were searching for something that poetry, that deep river in us all, could quench. To us, it proved poetry’s compatibility with various art mediums and its compelling contribution to the celebratory artistic dialogue that is at the core of Solid Sound.
A huge thank you goes to The Poetry Foundation and MASS MoCA for all their support and integral involvement with the development of this special project. Thank you also to Ugly Duckling Presse, Hohner Harmonicas, Lanakai Ukuleles, Kala Ukuleles, MASS MoCA and Brooklyn Luthier for providing prizing for the Lost in the Words Poetry Trail Scavenger Hunt.
The Lost in the Words Poetry Trail
1. Tera Ragan – wanderword.org/kolo.html
2. Kazim Ali – wanderword.org/carve.html
3. Rita Dove – wanderword.org/ears.html
4. Jeff Tweedy – wanderword.org/foil.html
5. Yuko Otomo – wanderword.org/chaos.html
6. Jon Sands – wanderword.org/sucks.html
7. Mike Watt – wanderword.org/boats.html
8. Victor Hernández Cruz – wanderword.org/trios.html
9. Atsuro Riley – wanderword.org/bees.html
10. Susan Brennan – wanderword.org/wolf.html
11. steve dalachinsky – wanderword.org/listen.html
12. – Abraham Smith – wanderword.org/hoohaa.html
WanderWord is a Brooklyn, NY based collective who invent and produce site-specific, interactive poetry events. Their mission: to regale new audiences with forward-thinking blends of live performance, technology and anti-technology.
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