You are invited to a benefit reading for New Haven’s Institute Library by award-winning Connecticut poets - and artists - Charles Douthat and Gray Jacobik. Surrounded by an exhibition of their painted works, Gray and Charles will read in tandem on coordinated themes, creating an exciting four-part synergy of poetry and painting.
Gray Jacobik’s books include The Double Task (The Juniper Prize), The Surface of Last Scattering, Brave Disguises (AWP Poetry Prize), and Little Boy Blue (CavanKerry). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. To learn more about Gray’s work as a poet visit grayjacobik.com; to view her abstract and non-objective paintings, visit grayjacobikartist.com.
Charles Douthat’s Blue for Oceans won the L.L.Winship-Pen New England Award as the best book of poetry published by a New England writer in 2010. His poems have been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. Charles paints in acrylics, sometimes on recycled surfaces. Read more and see images of his paintings at charlesdouthat.com.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Recommended donation $10.
The Institute Library, New Haven’s oldest independent literary institution and one of America’s last remaining membership libraries, was founded in 1826 by eight young working men dedicated to "mutual assistance in the attainment of useful knowledge." Coeducational since 1835, the library flourished for decades as the heart of democratic intellectual life in New Haven, offering lectures, literature, debates, and classes to men and women from a wide range of social and educational backgrounds.
In 2011, the library formally renewed its commitment to the cultural life of New Haven with expanded space and hours, community partnerships, and a wide range of new events and programs. To learn more, please call or EMAIL today!