Tony Award–winning playwright J.T. Rogers (Oslo) and seasoned foreign correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran (National Book Award finalist for Imperial Life in the Emerald City) sat together on June 9, 2018 in the Hawthorne Barn to discuss the intersection of politics, war, journalism, and art. In these select topics, they talk about how they evoke characters and places in their writing, balancing facts and creativity, and how they keep their optimism when working on challenging topics.
Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky joined poet Monica Youn to share recent work and exchange ideas, along with moderator Elizabeth Bradfield, local poet and naturalist on June 9, 2018 in the Hawthorne Barn. In the videos below they discuss the poets' use of etymology, myths and retelling stories in their own works.
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham and the internationally best-selling essayist, critic, and translator Daniel Mendelsohn discussed how writers turn consciously to literature itself as a way of broadening their own horizons on Sunday, May 27, 2018 in Provincetown’s Hawthorne Barn as part of Twenty Summers' annual month-long arts festival. In the select topic videos below, the two writers each talk about writing Michael’s novel The Hours and Daniel’s memoir An Odyssey, along with a discussion on translation and what it’s like writing books about books.
On Saturday, May 19, 2018, actor Alan Cumming interviewed fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi in the Hawthorne Barn in Provincetown, Mass. as part of Twenty Summers' annual month-long arts festival. In each video below they discuss four different topics: Cabaret and Performing, Trump and Celebrities Spiraling, Art vs Commercial Work, and What's Next for each of them.
June 10, 2017
Iconic poets Sharon Olds and Mark Doty read from their influential collections, and discuss the secrets behind their fearless craft. This event took place on June 10, 2017, and was moderated by Provincetown poet Kelle Groom.
Production Credits: Filming by Sean Gannett Productions / Audio by Chris Blood / Edited by Filipp Kotsishevskiy