Klinkhart Hall Arts Center kicks off the Sharon Springs Poetry Festival on Thursday with a special fundraising “Dinner with the Poets” at the American Hotel beginning at 6:30 p.m. Attending this year is California-based poet, nonfiction writer and educator Ellen Bass, Princeton University faculty member and award winning poet Michael Dickman, and best-selling novelist and poet Erica Jong. There are a number of free events throughout the weekend and a full list is posted at klinkhart.org.