Thanksgiving–a day steeped in tradition, handed down to us from our nation’s original immigrants in celebration of a bountiful harvest. A time for community, a time for family and friends. However you spend this thanksgiving day…
….whether in the smallest of gestures, as exemplified simply in Mary Taitt’s (Grosse Pointe Farms, 2001) haiku:
to eat stale bread and coo small thanks, pigeons gather at our elder’s feet
On Thursday, April 19, please join us in celebrating the unveiling of our 2018 Syracuse Poster Project Series! Beginning at at 6 p.m., you’ll find us in our usual spot in the City Hall Commons Atrium, located at 201 E. Washington St., Syracuse. Wondering how to find City Hall Commons? Here’s the map.
The 2018 Series includes 14 posters created the traditional way–poster illustrations created by Syracuse University students and inspired by haiku written by Central New York poets. This year, students had 483 haiku to choose from: we had submissions from 81 returning participants and 56 new participants. With each participant submitting up to three haiku, we received a total of 251 new haiku. We then added haiku still active in our archives for a total of 1,101 active haiku, and then selected one haiku from each poet to pass along to the student artists. Many of the haiku selected by students for the 2018 Series were written by new participants!
In addition, we commissioned two specially themed posters this year, and invited poets to write haiku to complement the theme: Syracuse as a place of welcome to all people and cultures. We received 64 haiku submissions in response to the beautiful poster created by Nicora Gangi and chose a haiku by Jean Fahey to complement it. For the other poster, beautifully illustrated by Nada Odeh, a haiku by frequent Syracuse Poster Project contributor, Vinh Dang, was selected by the artist.
On Thursday evening, along with congratulating our 16 poets and artists, Darren Chavis, of Creole Soul Cafe, will be serving up some vegetarian jambalaya, blackened sausage, and creole chicken to munch on. We’ll also have tasty contributions from The Sweet Praxis and Wegman’s. Adding to the overall vibe of our festivities will be D.J. Bella, also known as Jasmine Coan, a LeMoyne College graduate who earned her D.J. credentials at Scratch Academy.
So, please do join us on Thursday evening, in Congratulating the 2018 Poet – Artist Pairs:
The evening promises to be a great opportunity to see all the new posters in one spot, meet the poets and artists, and mingle with friends of poetry and public art. So, dress up, come out, and party with the rest of our poster peeps!
See you there!
The Syracuse Poster Project
Our featured poster above is from our 2002 Series with a cheerfully Spring illustration and haiku by Jennifer Theiller and Mary Taitt, respectively!
It’s difficult. Finding the right words to use when tragedy strikes. Again. When lives are cut short. Not wanting to sensationalize. But, wanting to say something. Something that will support, comfort and soothe.
Eagles nestled in High above the peaceful shore Watching, protecting By Michael Brigandi / 2014 Syracuse
Our archives hold many haiku describing love, hope and the clear, simple splendor of Nature. We’ve chosen only a few with the hope that you will find solace in their words.
Heaven’s cries resound Weeping tears open flowers New day springs alive By Deb Bateman / 2002 East Syracuse
Our featured poster is from the 2010 collection. The beautiful haiku was written by Peggy Liuzzi and the gorgeous illustration by former Syracuse University Illustration Student, Alec Acevedo, now a freelance illustrator and in-house artist for Jay St. Video Games in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
White trilliums light / the dark forest floor glowing / ghostly like spilled stars
Pulse. We are touched and saddened by what’s happened in Orlando. One of many horrific events that will be in our hearts for a long time…like Sandy Hook, Aurora and Columbine, San Bernardino, Ft. Hood, Boston, Charleston, Oklahoma City….
Love, come sit by me The sun is tucking in now My shoulder is yours By Kathryn Hammer / 2015 Syracuse
With our deepest sympathy.
Over graves and drifts frozen teardrops of snow sigh and whisper soft grief. By Mary Taitt / 2011 Grosse Pointe Farms