Randall’s Island Park offers vast acres of green space, woodlands, and beautiful gardens running along the East and Harlem Rivers. It provides a place of contemplation for writers, historians, poets, and others who visit the Park as a refuge from the cacophony of life in New York City. Travelers along the Island’s miles of waterfront pathways can experience stunning views of Manhattan, and the six bridges that span the sky and connect Randall’s Island to the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens.
This is a free event but registration is required.
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Thursday, March 25: Guest speaker RIPA Natural Areas and Horticulture staff, Jackie Wu & Victoria Kam
Thursday, April 8: Guest speaker artist Rebecca Allan
Thursday, April 22: Guest speaker Poet and Author Aimee Nezhukumatathil
About World of Wonders…
Poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil in her enchanting book, World of Wonders, In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, (Milkweed Press, 2020) takes the reader by the hand to discover the wonder found in the natural world, as we travel with her across the various landscapes of her own life. She writes of love, beauty and relationships. World of Wonders includes warm and lyrical illustrations by artist Fumi Mini Nakamura. Many of the essays in World of Wonders have been published in journals and on literary websites.
Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s books of poetry include:
At the Drive-In Volcano
Author: Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of World of Wonders, an illustrated essay collection, as well as of four books of poetry, including, most recently, Oceanic, winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award. Other awards for her writing include fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Mississippi Arts Council, and MacDowell. Her writing appears in Poetry, the New York Times Magazine, ESPN, and Tin House. She serves as poetry faculty for the Writing Workshops in Greece and is professor of English and Creative Writing in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program. (photo credit: Caroline Beffa Photography)
Writer In Residence: Elizabeth Howard
Elizabeth Howard, writer in residence at Randall’s Island Park, has never had barriers between her life, work, art and writing. Experience, sense of place and exploration define the choices she makes, seeking collaboration, flexibility and responsiveness in the projects she designs and engages with. As a journalist her articles related to communication and marketing have appeared in European Communications, Investor Relations, Law Firm Marketing & Profit Report, Communications Arts, Communication World, The Strategist, Board Member and the New York Law Journal, among others. Her books include: Queen Anne’s Lace and Wild Blackberry Pie, reflections on growing up in New Hampshire, published by Thornwillow Press in 2011 and A Day with Bonefish Joe, published by David R. Godine, 2015. She edited Ned O’Gorman: A Glance Back published by Easton Studio Press in 2016. She was the inaugural Madeleine L’Engle Fellow at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine from 2017-2020.
RIPA Park-As-Lab Coordinator: Jacqueline Wu
RIPA Horticulturist: Victoria Kam
Painter and Horticulturist: Rebecca Allan
A special video from Vesper Flights author Helen Macdonald…