betterArts Presents: Poetry Reading, Photography Exhibit at Better Farm Friday, Aug. 21

 This Friday's arts event will be held in Better Farm's Art Barn.

This Friday's arts event will be held in Better Farm's Art Barn.

betterArts' Poet-in-Residence Judah Levenson and Photographer-in-Residence Stevie Rosenfeld will present a combined arts event at 5 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 21, at Better Farm in Redwood.

Judah Levenson will share poems from a collection he has been working on during the month of August during his betterArts residency at Better Farm. His pieces, which will together make a full-length book of poetry, tell a story of growing up Jewish in the suburbs, queer love and discontent, and his family's history of emigration and displacement. "My poetry plays with themes of memory and identity," he said, "and speaks through various voices. I like to experiment with lyric narrative forms, persona and prose poetry."

Stevie Rosenfeld will have her photographs on display, which include haigas (photographs with short poems). Stevie has used her betterArts residency to hone her craft, composing a series that works toward a sense of self-discovery through images of nature and self-portraits. "Approaching each situation and subject from a place of discovery and awareness," Stevie said, "I focus on creating, rather than taking, images. The profundity of any given moment is always there, and who we are and what we bring to the situation allows the artistry to happen.

Refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Better Farm is located at 31060 Cottage Hill Road, Redwood. For more information, email info@betterfarm.org or call (315) 482-2536.

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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.