Join Bryan Collier and Rich Michelson for a discussion on August 24th, 2021 at 4pm, at the Featherstone Center for the Arts.
Featherstone is located at 30 Featherstone Lane, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
Illustrators Panels will take place outside the Art Barn (weather permitting, otherwise inside gallery). Panels are free but please register in advance by calling (508)693-1850.
Bryan Collier uses watercolor and collage to create his masterful illustrations. Collier has received numerous awards for his writing and illustrations, including four Caldecott Honors, and nine Coretta Scott King Awards (three honors and six winners). Early in his career, Collier also received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, and he has often spoken about his love of The Snowy Day.
Richard Michelson, poet and children’s book writer, was born in 1953 in East New York, Brooklyn. The neighborhood was 95% Jewish and Michelson’s parents attended High School with Ezra Jack Keats. By the time Michelson left Brooklyn, the neighborhood was 95% Black, sparking a lifelong interest in racial justice issues. Michelson’s books have been listed among the Ten Best of the Year by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The New Yorker; and among the best Dozen of the Decade by Amazon.com. He has received a National Jewish Book Award, two Sydney Taylor Gold Medals, three Skipping Stones Multicultural Book Awards, and a Harlem Book Fest Phillis Wheatley Honor. His work was chosen to “highlight the literary culture and history of Massachusetts” at the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival.
In 2008 Richard and his wife, Jennifer, purchased an Oak Bluffs Campground Cottage, where he can often be found writing on his porch after each morning’s Polar Bear Swim. Michelson first visited Featherstone in 2010 when he was invited to read as part of the Summer Poetry Series. He has been a regular visitor since and is honored to partner with Ann Smith and Featherstone in bringing this exhibit to Martha’s Vineyard.