The Mount Hosts Three Free Poetry Events in September

The Amy Clampitt Memorial Reading on September 12 will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds

Lenox, MA—The Mount, the home of Edith Wharton in Lenox, Mass., will host three free poetry events in September, including the Amy Clampitt Memorial Reading by Pulitzer Prize winner Sharon Olds on September 12. Other events include readings on the Terrace by six esteemed poets on September 11, and a poetry workshop for high school students on September 13. All events will be held at The Mount, located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, MA. Tickets and information for all events can be found online at

“For many years, The Mount has been committed to giving both accomplished and emerging poets a voice in the Berkshire region and beyond,” says Susan Wisser, executive director of The Mount. “Poetry is a very important part of our literary programming, and we’re always proud to connect serious, influential writers with earnest, thoughtful readers.”

Poetry event details are as follows:

All Words Aloud: Poetry on the Terrace

Thursday, September 11 at 5:30 pm

Six esteemed poets–Susan Hartung, Phil Pardi, Lori Desrosiers, Mary Koncel, Barry Sternlieb, and Ellen Doré Watson–will read from their published and current work. Light fare and beverages will be available for purchase from the Terrace Café. Free.

“Ordinary Observer”: An Amy Clampitt Memorial Reading with Sharon Olds

Friday, September 12 at 7 pm

Pulitzer prize-winning poet Sharon Olds, known for her intensely personal poetry, will read from her selected works. Book signing and reception to follow. Free.

Questions and Answers: A Workshop with Adam Stone

Saturday, September 13 from 10 am to 12 pm

Using questions as prompts, nationally acclaimed performance poet Adam Stone will lead a two-hour workshop for high school students. Free for high school students.

In recent years, The Mount has become the literary hub of the Berkshires. The cultural non-profit regularly hosts esteemed writers—including novelists, poets, biographers, scholars, and journalists—for readings and discussions. Writers who have appeared at The Mount include Tom Reiss, Megan Marshall, Stacy Schiff, Simon Winchester, Mary Jo Salter, Adam Gopnik, Claire Messud, Mark Strand, Andre Dubus III, Matthew Pearl, Susan Orlean, John Berendt, Kati Marton, and many others.

In September and October, the Mount will also host a series of storytelling events, including evening performances by award-winning storytellers on September 5 and October 18, and a storytelling workshop on October 19.

The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, Mass. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 413-551-5100. 

Literary programming at The Mount is supported by The Amy Clampitt Fund, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Fund, and the Xeric Foundation, Inc.

About The Mount:

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our educational and public programs and the conservation and preservation of her historic estate and gardens.

Each year, The Mount is host to over 40,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton’s life and work.

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