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Artist in Residence: Sarah Heady On Found Texts and the Poetics of Place Reading & Talk

October 13, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sarah Heady will read from her newest book of poems, COMFORT (Spuyten Duyvil Publishing, 2022), a meditation on female solitude, agency, and relationship set on the prairies of the American West. COMFORT braids together found language from historical texts, including rural women’s magazines of the 1910s and 1920s and “booster” documents extolling the virtues of farming the Great Plains. Sarah will also read from “Holdings,” an essay collection-in-progress that investigates landscape, power, and class in the Hudson Valley. Raised in Dutchess County, New York and now living in San Francisco, Sarah will discuss what it means to write about place from a distance.


Note: Masks are required for this event.

Residency Plan:
I intend to use my time at BAC to develop a collection of linked lyric essays entitled “Holdings.” Rooted in my obsessions with place, history, and architecture, this project circles around issues of landscape, class, and power in my home-place of the Hudson River Valley.  

Sarah Heady is a poet and essayist interested in place, history, and the built environment. She is the author of Comfort (Spuyten Duyvil, 2022), Corduroy Road (dancing girl, 2021), and Niagara Transnational (Fourteen Hills, 2013). She is also the librettist of Halcyon, a new opera about the death and life of a women’s college. Sarah is the recipient of residencies from the Corporation of Yaddo, In Cahoots, Bethany Arts Community, and Art Farm. Raised in New York’s Hudson Valley, she lives in San Francisco, where she co-edits Drop Leaf Press, a small women-run poetry collective. More at sarahheady.com. 

Residencies and programs at Bethany Arts Community are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor’s office and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Westchester, and numerous individual donors.

National Endowment for the Arts     The New York State Council on the Arts   National Endowment for the Arts



October 13, 2022
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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