Art Around Town

two Poets

Watershed Literary Event:

A Reading with Brenda Shaughnessy and Craig Teicher

May 17, from 7 to 9 pm

Skate House @SO Duck Pond

The South Orange Arts Advisory Council welcomes award-winning poets Brenda Shaughnessy and Craig Teicher for an evening of poetry reading. The event marks the launch of Watershed Literary Events, devoted to bringing an array of spoken word readings and performances to our Northern New Jersey community.

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Octopus Museum (Knopf 2019). Our Andromeda (2012) was a New York Times’ 100 Notable Book, and a finalist for the Griffin International Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Prize. She’s the recipient of a 2018 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.  Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Nation, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Poetry Magazine, The Yale Review, and elsewhere.  She is currently writing an opera libretto for the composer Paola Prestini, commissioned by The Atlanta Opera.  She is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in Verona, New Jersey.  

Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of three books of poems, The Trembling Answers (BOA), which won the 2018 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets; To Keep Love Blurry (BOA); and Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems, (CLP), winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry. His first collection of essays, We Begin in Gladness, was published by Graywolf in 2018. Teicher edited Once and For All:The Best of Delmore Schwartz, and serves as a poetry editor for The Literary Review.  He writes about books for many publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The LA Times, and NPR. He lives in Verona, NJ, with his wife and children.

About Watershed Literary Events:
A watershed describes an area of land made up of small streams and rivers that all flow into the same larger body of water; it also suggests a turning point. Our name reflects South Orange's desire, as part of the Rahway River Watershed, to draw on the numerous and diverse sources of literary talent in our nearby communities to create a greater, more exciting shared experience from them. We are also undergoing a watershed moment of sorts -- as the Baird Center for Recreational and Cultural Affairs is completely renovated over the next several years, we are continuing to offer our residents, and those of neighboring villages, a variety of arts classes, events, workshops, and exhibitions. Watershed Literary Events will take place four times per year, beginning in May, 2019, and will feature both established and emerging writers working in multiple genres and mediums. Check back with the South Orange Village web site for more on the upcoming schedule of events.      

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

17th Annual
South Orange Maplewood Artists Studio Tour

Saturday November 2 and Sunday November 3, 2019
Sneak a peek into the hearts and minds of local artists through open access to studios, galleries, pop-up exhibitions and more. So much to see and do that its an entire weekend!

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This community-supported event provides you with a unique look at the vibrant and dynamic art scene in our towns. With over 70 emerging, mid-career, and established artists - 20% of whom are new to the tour this year - and numerous special exhibitions, art appreciators and collectors have the perfect opportunity to start or grow an art collection.

To plan your journey, the Studio Tour website ( lists all participating artists and has an interactive map that lets you filter by theme, medium, and other options. Local VIPs and notable personalities have provided printable Curated Tours on the web site, providing interesting options and starting points. Paper maps are available at participating venues and businesses throughout both towns, including The Baird Center and 1978 Arts Center.

Brought to you by the Pierro Gallery, the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs and 1978 Maplewood Art Center. Gold Sponsors: Jespy House; Silver Sponsors: Victoria Carter, Eventage, Natalie Farrell; Bronze Sponsors: The Able Baker, SOPAC, Maplewood Karate, The Tenth Muse Gallery, Mona Lisa Framing; and our many contributors and friends.