Aug
9
6:30 PM18:30

Hyla Brook Reading Series - Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of some twenty books of poetry. Her Carver: A Life in Poems (2001), described as “ground-breaking” in several Children’s Literature textbooks, won Newbery Honors, Coretta Scott King Honors, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award, and it appears almost in its entirety in The Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature (2005). A Wreath for Emmett Till (2005), How I Discovered Poetry (2014), and My Seneca Village (2015) received similar acclaim. In 2017 she was awarded the NSK Neustadt Award and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Children’s Poetry. Nelson held the office of Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006. At present she is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and Poet-in-Residence of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. 

An open mike will follow the featured reader. Participants are requested to limit themselves to one poem, no longer than two pages.

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Sep
13
6:30 PM18:30

Hyla Brook Reading Series - Dudley Laufman

As a young boy, Dudley’s home was in Arlington, Massachusetts. Yet it was the people and places of New Hampshire that would reveal to Dudley the country dancing and music that would become his life’s work.  Working at Mistwold Farm, in Fremont, and time spent in the Monadnock Region encouraged his development as a musician and dance caller.  He started calling dances at age 18 while attending Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole, Mass., and has never looked back. While enrolled at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture in Amherst, Mass., Dudley intended to become a dairy farmer.  It was here that he developed an interest in poetry and discovered the works of Hemingway, Hardy, Thomas, Burns and Sara Teasdale. Dudley began with lyrical and prose poems and his first book of poetry, “I Hear Ringing Reels” was published in 1962. Never one to write poetry as an assignment, when a poem is ready, he sets it to paper. At age 87, Dudley is still fully engaged in a 65-year career as a dance caller for local country dances throughout New England. He plays his melodeon, harmonica and sometimes, when his fingers allow, his fiddle, at old town halls, farmer’s markets, folk festivals, weddings, barn dances, kitchen junkets and for the Canterbury Morris dance team. On occasion, he is hired by elementary schools to teach old-time dances for children, a personal favorite for Dudley.

An open mike will follow the featured reader. Participants are requested to limit themselves to one poem, no longer than two pages.

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Jul
12
6:30 PM18:30

Hyla Brook Reading Series - January Gill O'Neil

January Gill O’Neil is the author of two poetry collections, Misery Islands and Underlife, published by CavanKerry Press. A third collection, Rewilding, will be published by CavanKerry Press in fall 2018. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, an assistant professor of English at Salem State University, and board of trustee member with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and Montserrat College of Art. A Cave Canem fellow, January’s poems and articles have appeared in the Academy of American Poet’s Poem-A-Day series, American Life in Poetry, The Writer’s Almanac, American Poetry Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares, among others. Misery Islands was selected for a 2015 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. Additionally, Mass Center for the Book chose Misery Islands as a Must-Read Book for 2015 and it won the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award. Previously, January was a senior writer/editor at Babson College. She earned her BA from Old Dominion University and her MFA at New York University. She lives with her two children in Beverly, Massachusetts. 

An open mike will follow the featured reader. Participants are requested to limit themselves to one poem, no longer than two pages.

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Jun
15
6:30 PM18:30

Hyla Brook Reading Series - Melissa Balmain

June's Hyla Brook Reading Series will be during the Frost Farm Poetry Conference and will feature Melissa Balmain, who is teaching the Master Class at the conference. Melissa Balmain is Editor of Light, America's premier journal of light verse. She teaches humor writing, poetry writing, and journalism at the University of Rochester. A winner of the Able Muse Book Award, she has been a finalist for the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, the X.J. Kennedy Parody Award, and the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award (twice). Her poems have appeared in American Life in PoetryLighten Up OnlineMeasureMezzo CamminThe New Verse NewsPoetry DailyRattleThe Spectator, and The Washington Post; her prose in The New Yorker, The New York TimesMcSweeney's, and Success. Her poetry collection Walking In on People (Able Muse Press) is often assumed by online shoppers to be some kind of porn.

There will be no open mike following tonight's reading.

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Jun
15
to Jun 17

Frost Farm Poetry Conference

From Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17, 2018, join a small community of people at the historic Robert Frost Farm learning, reading and writing formal poetry with contemporary award-winning poets in an intimate workshop environment. Choose your focus from a series of offerings designed to provide tools for beginning poets as well as perfect the mastery of published poets. Register

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May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Hyla Brook Reading Series - David Davis

David Davis has been a member of the Powow River Poets since 2005.  He is currently the Poet in Residence at the Joppa Flats Audubon center.  He has published three books of poetry:  Crossing Streams on RocksJoppa Flats, and The Joy Poems.  The Joy Poems have been described as "an instruction manual for feeling more joy in life." Davis will read primarily from The Joy Poems at The Frost Farm.

An open mike will follow the featured reader. Participants are requested to limit themselves to one poem, no longer than two pages.

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