"This was given to me to speak. / Every poem is an effort at ceremony. / I asked for a way in."

- Joy Harjo "In Mystic," Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings

Congratulations to Joy Harjo, just named the new U.S. Poet Laureate.

Harjo's CLSC presentation of Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings will take place August 22nd at the Hall of Philosophy.

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Crazy Brave Cover Image
Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light: A Play by Joy Harjo and a Circle of Responses Cover Image
She Had Some Horses Cover Image
How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2002 Cover Image

2019 CLSC Young Readers Selections Announced!

Chautauqua Institution is a community that values and celebrates reading, and since 1994, the CLSC Young Readers program has engaged young Chautauquans and community members in the enjoyment of good reading. Each summer, a selection of books are chosen for their quality, the variety of their styles and subjects, and their appeal to young readers.  While aimed at 9- to 14-year-olds, these books will also delight younger and older readers.

Visit youngreaders.chq.org for more information on the program.

Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
Number the Stars Cover Image
Wishtree Cover Image
Willa of the Wood: Willa of the Wood, Book 1 Cover Image
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Speak a Powerful Magic: Ten Years of the Traveling Stanzas Poetry Project Cover Image
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle Cover Image
Finding Langston Cover Image
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes Cover Image

I want you / To heed that I’m still here / Just beneath your skin and in / Each organ / The way anger dwells in a man / Who studies the history of his nation.

-- Jericho Brown "The Virus," The Tradition

If the Chautauqua Season is just around the corner, then this year's Chautauqua Writer's Festival is already in view!  The 16th annual Chautauqua Writer's Festival on the theme Writing & Reclamation will take place June 19-22 (Wed-Sat), 2019.

Check out the selection of works by this year's faculty/contributors below, or click here for a more complete listing.

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2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas Cover Image
Brooding: Arias, Choruses, Lullabies, Follies, Dirges, and a Duet (Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction) Cover Image
The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir Cover Image
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I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had on Cover Image
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Just Announced! 2019 Winner of The Chautauqua Prize

Chautauqua Institution is delighted to announce Anjali Sachdeva’s All the Names They Used for God: Stories (Spiegel & Grau) as the 2019 winner of The Chautauqua Prize.

As author of the winning book, Sachdeva receives $7,500 and all travel and expenses for a summer residency at Chautauqua from August 12 to 16, 2019. A public reading will take place at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, in the Hall of Philosophy.

The stories in All the Names They Used for God straddle genres — from science fiction to American Gothic to magical realism to horror — and are united by each character’s brutal struggle with fate.

Check out the previous winners of The Chautauqua Prize here.

Check out the rest of this year's finalists here.

For more information on The Chautauqua Prize, visit chq.org/prize.


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Pull out all the stops!

The Massey Organ is repaired and ready to go after suffering fire damage last year.

Learn more about this 1907 organ with Fred Rueckert's documentary chronicling the Massey Memorial Organ's 1992-1993 re-construction. The DVD includes a special feature vignette of the 2003 32' Bombarde installation.

Between the Motion and the Music -- DVD

The final 2019 CLSC Selection has been announced:

Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo has been named the final CLSC selection for 2019.

A musical, magical, resilient volume from one of our most celebrated and essential Native American voices: In these poems, the joys and struggles of the everyday are played against the grinding politics of being human. Beginning in a hotel room in the dark of a distant city, we travel through history and follow the memory of the Trail of Tears from the bend in the Tallapoosa River to a place near the Arkansas River. Stomp dance songs, blues, and jazz ballads echo throughout. Lost ancestors are recalled. Resilient songs are born, even as they grieve the loss of their country. Called a "magician and a master" (San Francisco Chronicle), Joy Harjo is at the top of her form in Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings.

Joy Harjo’s eight books of poetry include How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems and She Had Some Horses, and her memoir Crazy Brave won the American Book Award, among other honors. She is the recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Prize for Lifetime Achievement and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone internationally.

The CLSC Presentation will take place 3:30pm Thursday, August 22nd in the Hall of Philosophy.


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