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George Scharoun interviews Poet David K. Leff about the Artist-In-Residence program



New England Trail Artist-in-Residence Program 

CFPA, in partnership with the National Park Service and Appalachian Mountain Club, hosts an Artist-in-Residence program for artists to find and share inspiration from the New England Trail. The New England Trail (NET), which runs 215 miles from Guilford, Connecticut to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Border, is one of eleven national scenic trails, and is comprised primarily of the historic Mattabesett, Metacomet, and Monadnock (M-M-M) Trail systems. The NET was designated on March 30, 2009 as part of Public Law 111-11 (Section 5202). The NET travels through classic New England landscape features and colonial historic landmarks. To read about previous artists on the trail, visit the NET's Artists on the Trail page


2018 - 2019 Artist-in-Residence Marisa Williamson

As the latest NET Artist-In-Residence, Artist Marisa Williamson will work with others to stage a series of ten experimental and temporary monuments inspired, in part, by proposals from the public. Her project, "Monuments to Escape" will include scenes, installations, events or digital renderings that—when documented and circulated as images (on Instagram, as postcards, and a limited edition of posters) will constitute an archive of speculative monuments to the New England Scenic Trail, its hidden histories, mythologies, and impact on the experiential landscape of those who use it today.
How can you follow the project? Keep tabs on Marisa's work through her NET AIR Instagram account: Monumentstoescape or through her NET AIR website: monumentstoescape.com
You can learn more about all of Marisa's work through her website: http://www.marisawilliamson.com/work 


2017 - 2018 Artist-in-Residence: Ben Cosgrove

CFPA's newest artist on the trail is Ben Cosgrove. Ben is a traveling composer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist from New England. He performs regularly all over the country, writes scores for films, plays, radio, and television, and has produced several well-received albums of original instrumental work that straddles a line between folk and classical music. The strongest forces guiding Ben’s composition and performances are his deep interests in landscape, place, and ecology. In 2017-18 he will be creating new work inspired by the NET. Ben has previously held residencies and fellowships at Acadia National Park, Isle Royale National Park, Middlebury College, the Vermont Studio Center, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and he spent a year as the artist in residence at White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire and Maine

Meet Ben Cosgrove: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUO0WK6ANVA&feature=youtu.be 


2016 - 2017 Artist-in-Residence: David K. Leff

CFPA's 2016 - 2017 Artist-in-Residence is Poet David K. Leff. Since his appointment, Leff has been hiking sections of the NET and writing poetry inspired by his walks along the trail. He has been writing in the style of Haibun, described as a marriage of prose and Haiku. Leff writes "It was first practiced by seventeenth-century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho who perfected the form in a journal he kept on a trip to the remote regions of northern Japan. Gary Snyder, James Merrill, and Jack Kerouac are among American interpreters of the genre.  Haibun best expresses the spirit of the New England Trail because it combines clear-eyed prose descriptions of people, objects and places along with poetry that awakens the imagination." Click on the titles of the following poems to read David's latest work. We will be posting more of David's poetry on our website as he continues to find inspiration throughout the NET.

Meet David Leff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FYgvmxdj0Q 

You can now travel the length of the New England Trail (NET) through poetry! Join CFPA's NET Poet-in-Residence David Leff as he deep travels this National Scenic Trail that runs through CT and MA. Shout-out to our partners at the National Park Service and AMC! Hike the entire length of the New England Trail through Poetry! 

Join Poet David K. Leff for a journey along the New England Trail through original poetry.