Core, a six-foot-high basalt sculpture with large hole in the center
Isamu Noguchi, Core (Cored Sculpture), 1978. Basalt.
Photo: Nicholas Knight. ©INFGM / ARS

At the Core: Poetry Workshop with Bernard Ferguson

Sunday, June 5, 2022
11 am–3 pm
$5 members / $10 non-members

Join poet Bernard Ferguson and educator Naima Dobbs in a poetry writing workshop inspired by Noguchi’s sculpture Core (1978). We’ll use the Museum and Noguchi’s sculptures as motivation to explore personal memories, the concept of an “essence,” and, through poetry, attempt to connect with dormant truths that lay at our own centers, our own individual cores.

Previous writing experience is not necessary. Participants will be encouraged to engage in reflective conversation and to share their work throughout the program. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Program fee includes Museum admission.

Bernard Ferguson is the winner of the 2019 Hurston/Wright College Writers Award, a winner of the 2019 92Y Discovery Contest, winner of The Cincinnati Review’s 2019 Robert and Adele Schiff Poetry Prize, winner of The 2019 Breakwater Peseroff Poetry Prize, winner of the 2019 Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Prize, and an Adroit Journal Gregory Djanikian Scholar. They have served as Assistant Editor at Washington Square Review and has received fellowships from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, NYU’s Global Research Initiative, and New York City’s Writers in the Public Schools. They and their writing have been featured, published or forthcoming, in The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, VICE News, The Paris Review, The Southampton Review and Winter Tangerine, as well as the Best New Poets 2017 anthology, among others. They hope you tell them all about your wonder.