ZOOM Virtual Event Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Title: Why Poetry?
June 11, 2021 / 10 AM ET
“A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, point at frauds, take sides, shape the world, and stop it from going to sleep.”
“Poetry is a deal of joy, pain, and wonder, with a dash of dictionary.”
Lee Woodman, winner of the 2020 William Meredith Prize for Poetry, reads poems from her four poetry collections. A Smithsonian alum, she grew up in France and India, where she developed a passion for art, dance, and music. Known as the SCAPES poet, she writes about her overseas childhood, wishes, lies and myths, divorce during COVID, and famous artworks. Historian and world traveler, Marc Pachter, engages her in a discussion of “Why Poetry?”
Marc Pachter was at SI for 34 years, alternating between the museums and ten years in the Castle. He is Director Emeritus of the National Portrait Gallery and, surprisingly, served three times as Interim Director of the National Museum of American History.
After a 45-year career in art education, media, and museums, Lee has been writing poetry for six years. Her poetry collection, Mindscapes, was published by Poets’ Choice Publishing on January 9, 2020, and Homescapes was published on May 22, 2020 by Finishing Line Press. Lifescapes will be published by Kelsay Books in summer 2021, and Artscapes will be published by Shanti Arts in winter 2021.
ZOOM Virtual Event The Writer’s Center, Bethesda, MD
Interviewer: Jane Rosenberg LaForge
August 17, 2021 / 6 PM ET
Lee Woodman, winner of the 2020 William Meredith Prize for Poetry, reads poems from her new collection, Lifescapes. Novelist and poet, Jane Rosenberg LaForge, leads a discussion with Lee and audience members about significant life issues: divorce, Covid, writers’ view of the future.
Readings sponsored by The Writer’s Hotel and The New Guard Journal, ME
June 2017 – The Bowery Poetry, NYC
June 2018 – The Bowery Poetry, NYC
June 2019 – The Bowery Poetry, NYC
Poetry Reading in collaboration with exhibition The Urge to Mark by Craig Kraft
“Spotlight on Lee Woodman” sponsored by Eastern Market Residences, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC in April 2019
Reading sponsored by The Writer’s Center, Bethesda, MD and Poets Choice
Publishing, CT in February 2020
Video of Lee at Literary Hill Book Fest DC May 2020
“Lee Woodman’s poems are accessible and profound. This is one beautiful woman whose poems capture what it means to be female with extraordinary insight.”
Interviews & Articles
South Danbury Church was packed. Pallbearers rolled the mahogany casket up the left aisle slowly. Creaky floor boards. Hundreds of years of friends and admirers clothed in black, blacker for the 90-degree heat. Rows of hard wooden benches painted white, stern reminders of New England shoulds: sit straight, pay attention, don’t laugh. Read more…
Lee Woodman, formerly of New Hampshire, will be releasing a new collection of poetry in May by Finishing Line Press called Homescapes. “Home is a relative term, especially if you have grown up overseas,” the publisher said in a statement. “In Homescapes, Lee Woodman takes us from an Indian village to the edge of Tibet to a small town in New Hampshire. Read more…
What was the inspiration behind becoming a poet? What do you enjoy most about the creative process? There are several sources of inspiration I had for becoming a creator. I grew up in France and India, two countries where theater, art, music, dance and language are held in high esteem. In addition, my parents were very into the arts. My Mom was a dancer and set up a ballet school in India, where we lived for ten years. Read more…
Lee Woodman went to New London High School, and her family used to have a home on Ragged Mountain in Andover. Her father, Everett Woodman, was president of Colby-Sawyer College (then Colby Junior College) in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Read more…
Zocalo Public Square / Learn the Twist in New Delhi: Growing Up American in India Instilled in Me a Deep Curiosity About Foreign Lands—Including My Own
I grew up in India from the age of 4 to 14. Every two years, my family traveled back to the States on “home leave.” Via Europe or through Hong Kong and Japan, we’d head across the oceans to visit our cousins in New York and our grandparents in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Read more…
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