In celebration of National Poetry Day, we flashback to our After Sunset: Poetry Walk, a 10-block stroll punctuated with poetic performances. Held in April 2015 and created in association with the Academy of American Poets, the event presented poetry in a variety of formats, including American Sign Language, spoken word, and live improvised projections. Photo by Claudio Papapietro.
The walk began with intimate readings by award-winning poets Sarah Gambito, Saeed Jones, Taylor Mali, David Tomas Martinez, and Leigh Stein, set against a backdrop of budding trees. Photo by Claudio Papapietro.
Further south at the 22nd Street Seating Steps, Other Voices created a collective poetry
stasimon in American Sign Language (ASL). Soloist poets Darren Fudenske, David Rivera, and Anne Tomasetti were accompanied by a "choir" of performers during this visual storytelling experience. Photo by Claudio Papapietro.
Emerging poets Wendy Chen, Mariama J. Lockington, and Camille Rankine provided an insight into their creative process as their streams of thought were projected onto neighboring walls. Photo by
At the 10th Avenue Square, a group of contemporary Nuyorican spoken word poets, including Lemon Andersen, Nancy Mercado, and Emanuel Xavier captivated one of the evening's largest crowd. Photo by Claudio Papapietro.
The event concluded with a reading by National Book Award winner Mark Doty and a post-walk mixer in the Chelsea Market Passage. Photo by Claudio Papapietro.