WordXWord Festival

July 22, 2021

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

It’s a three-day spoken word festival! Each evening is a doubleheader starting with Walkin’ with WordXWord, in which poets present short pieces in response to works in the 2021 SculptureNow exhibition, followed by poetry and storytelling events.

For Accomplice[d], July 20 at 7 PM, WordXWord has challenged poets to step outside of their typically solitary discipline to create and perform collaborative pieces.

WordXWomen, July 21 at 7 PM, will feature the voices of 9 women, spanning seven generations and a broad spectrum of approach and style.

For WXW’s Story Slam on July 22 at 7 PM, storytellers will offer 5-minute true, first-person stories reflecting on the theme “Unsaid.” A story slam is a storytelling competition with volunteer judges from the audience.

The Sculpture Walks portion of the program is from 6:00 to 6:45 PM nightly, and we recommend registering, as spaces are limited.

New to WordXWord this year is the Wild Words Cafe orchestrated by Melissa Cairns. From 5-5:45P each evening all are invited to join in a very social hour. Bring your own snacks, catch up with old friends, make new ones, try your hand at a writing challenge, or just chill out! Plus a poetry-book swap (leave one and/or take one).

Funded by the Amy Clampitt Fund, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact The Mount at 413-551-5100 or by email, info@edithwharton.org, to discuss accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.

Thanks to our sponsor:


  • Line-up to be announced in June.
  • Advanced registration is recommended for Sculpture Walks.
WordXWord Festival Website

WordXWord encourages poets to accept a greater role in the cultural landscape, to provoke and bear witness, to use their voice to advocate for social justice, to act as agents of change, and to add their voices in celebration of the full potential of the human spirit