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Video interview with poet / photographer Dan Wilcox

"An incredible fixture of the Albany poetry scene for decades..."

We hope you enjoy this conversation with Paul Grondahl and his friend Dan Wilcox.

They discuss how poets and poetry open mic events are adapting to the COVID-19 times, Dan's self-described "largest collection of photos of unknown poets," Albany's annual Poets in the Park event, his memories of hanging out with Beat poet icon Allen Ginsberg, his recollection of his military service during the Vietnam War era, and his longtime connection with the Veterans for Peace organization.

They also discuss the nation's reaction to the killing of George Floyd and debate whether it's a tipping point for America. A thoughtful conversation. Hit the play button below, and mark your calendar for this ....

Poets in the Park event

Poets in the Park is celebrating over 30 years of bringing poetry in July to the Robert Burns statue in Washington Park, Albany, NY.  During this year of COVID-19 there will be only one reading at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 25. The readers will be Sarah Giragosian & Austin Houston.  

In case of rain the reading will be held on Sunday, July 26, same place, same time.  The event is free & open to the public; donations are accepted.

Poets in the Park is sponsored & funded by the Hudson Valley Writers Guild & the Poetry Motel Foundation.

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From his photo collection:

Allen Ginsberg, QE2, Albany, NY, 11/29/90

Anne Waldman, with Devin Waldman, 11/15/96, QE2, Albany, NY

Lawrence Ferlinghetti with Susan Novotny, The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY 9/30/94

Quincy Troupe, 10/19/91, QE2, Albany, NY

Allen Ginsberg & William Kennedy, Half Moon Cafe, Albany, NY 11/30/90

W.S. Merwin at the Geraldine Dodge Festival, September 18, 1992

Thousands more at


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