In celebration of National Poetry Month, Colby-Sawyer College will host four award-winning poets, all with strong ties to New Hampshire and their own distinctive styles and poetic voices. These poets range widely in age and experience: Ewa Chrusciel is an assistant professor at Colby-Sawyer and accomplished poet who writes in her native Polish but also in English and Italian, while Cynthia Huntington is a professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College with four published books and a host of awards and grants for her work.
Wes McNair is a professor emeritus of the University of Maine/Farmington and highly recognized poet and author of 18 books. Maxine Kumin, now in her 80s, has reached the heights of her field, and yet she continues to write exquisite poetry and prose while also helping to maintain the family farm in New Hampshire.
These events provide rare opportunities to listen to and speak with some of our nation's finest poets.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Renowned New England poet Wesley McNair will present My Life as a Poet: A Multimedia Memoir and his first ever reading from his new collection, Lovers of the Lost: New and Selected Poems on Monday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in Wheeler Hall at the Ware Campus Center.
McNair has published 18 books, including poetry, essays and anthologies. The recipient of numerous poetry awards in poetry, he has held grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller fellowships, and two grants in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts. The event is sponsored by the college's Cultural Events Committee and the Gibney Fund. Admission is free. His new collection will be available for purchase and signing. read more…
Books Sandwiched In Poetry Series: April 7, 14, 28, 2010
In celebration of National Poetry Month, Colby-Sawyer College will host poetry readings by Cynthia Huntington on April 7, Ewa Chrusciel on April 14 and Maxine Kumin on April 28. The readings are part of the college's Book Sandwiched In series, sponsored by Friends of the Library. read more…
Wednesday, April 7
The Books Sandwiched In Poetry Series begins with poet and writer Cynthia Huntington, who will read and discuss her work on Wednesday, April 7, noon - 1 p.m. in Hicks Alumni Lounge, Ware Campus Center. Huntington, professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College, has published three collections of poetry, The Fish-Wife, We Have Gone to the Beach, and The Radiant, and one book of non-fiction, The Salt House. A former poet laureate of New Hampshire, she has been recognized with numerous poetry awards and fellowships in support of her work from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Hampshire Arts Council and the MacDowell Colony. Admission is free.
Wednesday, April 14
Poet Ewa Chrusciel will offer a reading and discussion of her work Strata, on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at noon - 1 p.m., in Hicks Alumni Lounge, Ware Campus Center. Chrusciel, assistant professor of humanities at Colby-Sawyer College, won the 2009 Emergency Press International Book Contest for Strata, her first book of letters and poems in English. Her second book of poetry in Polish, Sopilki, was published in December 2009. Admission is free.
Wednesday, April 28
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer Maxine Kumin will present a reading from her new collection, Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010, on Wednesday, April 28, from noon - 1 p.m. in Hicks Alumni Lounge at the Ware Campus Center. Since her first collection of poems was published in 1961, she has published 17 books of poetry, five novels, five books of essays and memoirs, and more than 20 children's books. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection, Up Country, published in 1972. Kumin has served as the poet laureate of the United States and as New Hampshire's poet laureate and has been honored with the numerous poetry awards, including the Harvard Arts Medal and the Robert Frost Medal. Admission is free. Her new collection will be available for purchase and signing.