Sunday, July 23 | doors 11.30AM, 12 – 5PM

Presented in collaboration with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses

// $15 standard, $10 students and seniors //

Basilica Hudson and the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses‘s festival of literature and food returns with a new time, a new ticket price and a genre-spanning day of affordable food and literary activities.

Celebrate the life and work of a Hudson Valley poetry legend, as we commemorate John Ashbery’s 90th birthday.

Join a superstar collection of authors, food writers and chefs for mouthwatering demonstrations,  literary performances and novel conversations.

Browse a marketplace of some of America’s most intriguing small literary publishers and artisanal food makers.

See the full recap here.

HIGHLIGHTS – Full schedule below


An all-star, twenty person marathon reading of John Ashbery’s Girls on the Run

A gathering of poetry luminaries – including Ann Lauterbach, Robert Polito, Joan Retallack, and Dara Wier – explaining How to Love Reading Ashbery

Whiting Award-winning poetry superstars Simone White and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs performing and talking poetry, food and music, while cooking up collard greens & salmon cakes

The Ashbery Bridge: a multimedia talk on poetry and public art by poet, Rain Taxi publisher and book festival director Eric Lorberer, formerly presented at The Walker Art Center and elsewhere


Food and Readings

Celebrated cookbook author and restaurateur Rozanne Gold, in conversation with literary chefs Rohan Kamicheril, Matt Lee, Susan Simon and Lukas Volger, who will talk food, memory and the senses

Cooking masterclasses from “Barb the Butcher” (Barbara Fisher), teaching attendees how to make sausages, and Rohan Kamicheril, making a tantalizing South Indian pounded rice delicacy


Special Installations

A private Weepy Booth in association with the much-loved Crybabies podcast, in which presenters Sarah Thyre and Susan Orlean and special guests regale listeners with the things that make us teary


Marketplace and Community Cafe:

Delicious and affordable South Indian cuisine created by Rohan Kamicheril of the popular Tiffin food blog in READ & FEED’S brand-new Community Café

A marketplace of local, independent literary publishers including Mosaic and Siglio, and artisanal food vendors, including Chaseholm Farm and State 11 Distillery



12.30PM – 12.50PM Reading From The Rafters: Latasha N. Nevada Diggs
A featured reading by the Whiting Award-winning poet

1.00PM Cooking Demonstration (Community Café)
Rohan Kamicheril cooks South Indian

1.00PM – 1.50PM Loving Reading Ashbery (North Hall)
Poets Ann Lauterbach, Joan Retallack, Dara Wier and Robert Polito (moderating) provide an instruction manual for reading Hudson’s favorite poet.

2.00PM – 4.00PM Girls on the Run (North Hall)
A complete reading of John Ashbery’s book-length poem
Parts IV – VI: Jeffrey Lependorf, Eric Keenaghan, Charles North, Eric Lorberer;
Part VII – X: Tom DePietro, Michael Leong, Daniel Nester, Ellen Thurston;
Parts XI – XIV: Sara Wintz, Dara Wier, Rosanne Wasserman, Eugene Richie;
Parts XV – XVII: Dave King, Danniel Schoonebeek, Rebecca Wolff, Robert Polito;
Parts XVIII – end: Andrew Durbin, Adam Fitzgerald, Erica Kaufman, and Joan Retallack

2.00PM – 2.50PM Eat, Love, Memory (Main Hall)
Literary chefs Rohan Kamicheril, Matt Lee, Susan Simon, Lukas Volger, and Rozanne Gold (moderating) talk food, memory and the senses.

2.15PM Cooking Demonstration (Community Café)
Barb the Butcher (Barbara Fisher) makes sausages

3.00PM – 3.45PM In the Kitchen with Poets (Main Hall)
Whiting Award-winning poet LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs cooks up greens and salmon cakes for the audience with the help of Whiting Award-winning poet Simone White and moderator Jeffrey Lependorf, while they all chat about poetry, food, and music.

3.50PM – 4.10PM Reading from the Rafters: Simone White
A featured reading by the Whiting Award-winning poet

4.15PM – 5.00PM Ashbery on the Bridge (North Hall)
Eric Lorberer presents a multimedia talk on the Ashbery Bridge in Minneapolis, public art, and poetry in public spaces

All Day

Community Cafe
Savor South Indian specialties by Tiffin’s Rohan Kamicheril and local fare by our neighbors at community prices, plus eat and drink delicious things from Barb’s Butchery, Chatham Brewery and Irving Farm Coffee Roasters.

Crybabies Weepy Booth (Lobby)
Enjoy a private moment in this lobby installation featuring Crybabies podcast hosts Sara Thyre and Susan Orlean with special guests on the things that make us cry.

Ashbery and Darger on the Run (Kiln Room)
View images of John Ashbery and work by Henry Darger, whose drawings inspired “Girls on the Run.”

Wish John Ashbery Happy Birthday (CLMP Booth)
Help decorate our sculptural cake with your personal message to John!

2 Bridges Review, Belladonna*, Bellevue Literary Review, Boston Review, Breezy Hill Orchard, Chaseholm Farm, Cool Grove Press, DoubleCross Press, Erizo, Factory Hollow Press, Fence Books, Great Weather for MEDIA, Hudson-Chatham Winery, Indolent Books, Jarry, Jubilat, Litmus Press, The Mantle, McPherson & Company, Mosaic, No, Dear, Olde York Farm: Distillery & Cooperage, Open Letter Books, The Operating System, PEN America, Perugia Press, Pooky Amsterdam, Princeton Architectural Press, Publication Studio Hudson, Rally in the Valley, Siglio, Slope Editions, Spotty Dog Books & Ale