Paul Muldoon

On-Going and past projects supported by Co Works:

  • Spring Forward series, first developed in 2004 at New Jersey State Museum, featured presentation on current public art in Trenton by NJSCA Public Art Coordinator Tom Moran, art discussion by Mel Leipzig, presentation of new stage work based on Jana Harris's "Oh How Can I Keep on Singing?", and poetry readings developed with U.S. 1 Poets' Cooperative and Ragged Sky Press (and featuring poets from around the state).
    • Spring Forward 2005 at the NJSM with support of the Trenton Artists Workshop Association (TAWA). Events included a poetry reading by New Jersey writers and a staged reading of a new play by William Mastrosimone. Poetry and theater readings also presented at Trenton's Gallery on Lafayette, Gallery 125, and Classic Books. Cosponsored with TAWA and Ragged Sky Press.
    • Spring Forward 2007: two day event included a reading by Pulitzer Prize winning poet and Princeton University faculty member Paul Muldoon and a jazz concert by Trenton native and internationally recognized musician Orrin Evans (with a presentation that combined music with the writing of his father, nationally known Trenton based playwright Don Evans) at the Trenton City Museum. Also a painting presentation by Mel Leipzig, a workshop for artists, and a staged reading of a new play based on a series of stories by Pablo Medina, all at Artworks.
    • Spring Forward 2010 at the Trenton City Museum: with Museum curator Helen Shannon, artist Mel Leipzig debuted his five panel painting of Michael Graves; along with a presentation by the U.S. 1 Poets' Cooperative and Ragged Sky Press poets; a reading by Trenton based Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa; and an interview with internationally known playwright and Trenton-native William Mastrosimone, conducted by Trenton based theater director Maureen Heffernan.
    • Spring Forward 2012 : developed with Ragged Sky Press, and included a session "Small Press and Cooperative Publishing for Poets" and a program focusing on the collaboration between writer and illustrator for the blog story project created for the Trenton Artists Workshop Association. Also, a poetry reading featuring award winning poet Anne Marie Macari, internationally respected writer Pablo Medina, nationally known Trenton writer Doc Long, award winning poet and editor of Mercer County literary magazine Luray Gross, award winning poet and actress Hayden Saunier, writer and reviewer John Timpane, Vasiliki Katsarou, former New Jersey Poet Laureate Gerald Stern, and Pulitzer Prize winning poet C. K. Williams. The event concluded with visual artist Paul Matthews, and poets C. K. Williams and Gerald Stern, in conversation with Philadelphia Inquirer Books Editor, John Timpane, on collaboration and the evolution of the arts scene in the Trenton and Princeton-area over the past few decades.
  • The Understanding, a premiere production of a William Mastrosimone play, produced at the New Jersey State Museum, developed in cooperation with the Penguin Rep Theatre, and moved to the South Street Theatre in New York City
  • Voice Central, an anthology of writing by central New Jersey authors, funded by Princeton University's Partners in Education Program; and distributed to regional high schools
    • Voice Central, a stage presentation inspired by the anthology of the same name, featuring works by New Jersey playwrights William Mastrosimone, Mark St. Germaine, and Don Evans, produced in cooperation with the non-profit professional Foundation Theatre
    • Radio theater and writer Interviews broadcast on WTSR (at The College of New Jersey) and WDVR, including taped segments from the stage presentation of Voice Central and new works by regional writers.
  • New Jersey Writers in the School program, coordinated in cooperation with Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and New Jersey State Council on the Arts
  • The Great House, an adaptation of Leni Lenape Big House ceremony, published and distributed to state libraries through the New Jersey State Library system
  • Dark Whisper Series, staged readings developed in cooperation with Trenton Artists Workshop Association (TAWA), and presented at the Philadelphia Art Alliance and Farnsworth Gallery.
  • NJ 9-11 Exhibitions at the New Jersey State Museum and Liberty State Park, participation in the preparation of the NJ 9-11 Timeline for Liberty State Park, contracted by New Jersey State Council on the Arts

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