Robert Burns

Poets in the Park Featuring Sarah Giragosian & Austin Houston

Poets in the Park is celebrating over 30 years of bringing poetry in July to the Robert Burns statue in Washington Park, Albany, NY. The series was started in 1989 by the late Tom Nattell and is now run by Albany poet & photographer Dan Wilcox. During this year of COVID-19 there will be only one reading on Saturday, July 25 at 7:00 PM. 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.

The 2020 readers are Sarah Giragosian & Austin Houston

Sarah Giragosian is the author of the poetry collection Queer Fish, a winner of the American Poetry Journal Book Prize (Dream Horse Press, 2017) and The Death Spiral (Black Lawrence Press, 2020). A lecturer at the University at Albany-SUNY, she also is the co-editor (with Virginia Konchan) of the craft anthology, Marbles on the Floor: How to Assemble a Book of Poems, which is forthcoming from The University of Akron Press.

Albany native, Austin Houston, has read at a number of community open mics. He says that he is “a poet who loves to put feelings to paper. A friend to all who will accept it.”

The Robert Burns statue is located near where Henry Johnson Blvd. passes through Washington Park and crosses Hudson Ave. Please bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on.

Please wear masks and maintain social distancing. Per government guidelines seating will be limited to 50 (but then since this is a poetry reading that shouldn’t be a problem).

For more information about this event contact Dan Wilcox, at; 518-482-0262. More information about the Hudson Valley Writers Guild at


Jul 25 2020


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Robert Burns Statue
Washington Park, Albany, NY
Dan Wilcox


Dan Wilcox

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