Audio Guides

The Constellation Audio Guide features The New York Times cultural critic Sam Anderson, 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, Tracy K. Smith, Co-Director of the Lenape Center, Hadrien Coumans, local historian Thom Johnson and artist Melissa McGill.

Listen to the audio guide for evocative descriptions, stories and poetry about the Constellation project and the curious history of this mysterious island in the Hudson River.

More Readings

Constellation, published by Princeton Architectural Press, is a visual and literary dialogue between artist Melissa McGill and several celebrated writers and poets. It is available for purchase here.

Listen to these authors read their inspiring works below.
Works by The New York Times cultural critic Sam Anderson, the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history, Richard Blanco, 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, Tracy K.Smith, poet and artist Edwin Torres, and New Directions editor and poet Jeffrey Yang.
Sam, Jeffrey and Edwin’s works were specifically written in response to Constellation.

Tracy K. Smith’s poem, “My God, It’s Full of Stars” was originally published in her book, Life on Mars and Richard Blanco’s poem, “One Today” was written for the 57th Presidential Inauguration , 2013.
All works are used with the permission of the respective poets and writers, with their copyright.

Tracy K. Smith

My God, It's Full of Stars

Jeffrey Yang

Line and Light

Sam Anderson

Reading an excerpt from Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Nature"

Richard Blanco

One Today

Edwin Torres

Star Gazer

Edwin Torres

Pollepel Island

Edwin Torres

Torn Expanse