The Typewriter Project is back for summer and this time we’re putting out a call to all the typewriter loving humans of this great city to join us in McCarren Park for an afternoon of clicking, clacking, snacking, and getting some ink on paper.
The Typewriter Project, which occupied a tiny corner of historic literary haunt Tompkins Square Park last summer and allowed anyone and everyone who passed by the opportunity to add to a “sort of linguistic chain” with rings consisting of “poems, greetings and grumblings … divulgences … philosophical quandaries … (and) of course, entries that stretch the boundaries of poetics” according to The New York Times, is making the move to Brooklyn!
On Saturday June 11th, from 3pm to 6pm, The Poetry Society of New York is throwing a first-of-its-kind typewriter party on the South end of McCarren Park near Driggs Ave and N. 12th Street. There will be tables tucked into a shady corner of the expansive park, which will be overtaken by typewriters of all shapes and sizes, brought by the writers who use them, for a kind of show and (write) and tell. In addition to a plethora of other typewriter enthusiasts, we’ve invited The Haiku Guys (And Gals) to make sure attendees leave with a custom poetic gift.
The centerpiece of the afternoon’s festivities will be the Society’s now famous writing confessional booth with it’s one of a kind Frankenstein typewriter, outfitted with hand-welded paper scroll holding arms and a USB Typewriter Kit, which beams every keystroke to the project’s online repository.
In what promises to be the summer’s most breezy and diverse writers’ room, The Poetry Society of New York will create an event equal parts picnic, avant-garde poetry slam, and classic car show for scribes who wish to honor the machine used to create some our greatest literature for over more than 150 years.
NYC Parks & Recreation’s “Art in the Parks” program has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, collaborations with arts organizations and artists have produced hundreds of public art projects in New York City parks.
The Typewriter Project will be on display in McCarren Park at the corner of N. 12th and Driggs Avenue from June 11th-July 24th. The project’s hours of operation will be Monday-Friday, 3pm-8pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 12pm-8pm. This opening event and the project itself are completely FREE and open to the public.
The scrolls produced during this iteration of the project will be on display at The New York City Poetry Festival on Governors Island on July 30th & 31st along with the booth itself, so don’t forget to register for the (also FREE) #NYCPOFEST today!
For more information about The Typewriter Project, please visit subconsciousofthecity.com.