Open Mic for Women’s History Month
Kendra Ford will be tonight’s featured poet in the Rice Pudding Poetry Series. Together with a group of “community readers,” including Tim Kingsbury, Tony Lee, Jody Blouch, Dave Drucker, and Pat Spalding, Ford will read poems on the theme of “light” selected for this event. Guitarist Woody Allen will also perform.
Featuring readings by Beth Ann Miller, Megan Leonard and Bill Stratton.
More information available at http://www.thewordbarn.com/the-silo-series/
This months guest poet is Pete McDade, a local poet who has been characterized as “the best reader in Eastern Massachusetts”. His tenor voice and focus on the words he is speaking transfix his audiences. Pete McDade’s first collection of poetry is entitled, Columbia Thunderbolt. He is a member of the Ipswich Poetry Group.
Presentation by Ellen Waterston, Poet-in-Residence at Berwick Academy.
In recognition of National Poetry Month, April’s Ferguson Poetry Series will be an all-open, all-commemorative event where we’ll be celebrating the lives and works of teachers, mentors, and influences who have passed away. Please bring 3 or 4 poems to share with us. Host Mark DeCarteret will be reading a few selections from Bill Knott’s I Am Flying into Myself which was recently released by FSG as well as work by Tom Lux, its editor. And special guest Katie Towler will be reading from Robert Dunn’s One of Us Is Lost (Hobblebush Books) as well as signing her memoir The Penny Poet of Portsmouth which will be released by Counterpoint in paperback this March.
Readings by Cynthia Huntington and Clark Knowles:
CYNTHIA HUNTINGTON’S fifth book of poetry, Terra Nova, was published in January 2017 by the Crab Orchard Poetry Series, Southern Illinois University Press. Huntington’s book, Heavenly Bodies, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award in Poetry. Presently a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry she teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program, and at Dartmouth College where she holds the Frederick Sessions Beebe Chair in Writing.
Huntington’s newest work is a book-length poem in many voices, titled Terra Nova. Her previous volume, Heavenly Bodies, was a National Book Award finalist. Presently a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, Huntington holds the Frederick Sessions Beebe Chair at Dartmouth College and teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
CLARK KNOWLES has taught writing at the University of New Hampshire for eighteen years. He received his M.A. in fiction writing from the University of New Hampshire, and his MFA in Writing from Bennington College. The Arts Council of the State of New Hampshire awarded him a Individual Fellowship for the year 2009. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in recent issues of: The New Guard, RE:AL, The Collagist, Northern New England Review, Harpur Palate, Conjunctions, Limestone, Nimrod, Eclipse, and Glimmer Train Stories. If you can’t find him, he’s probably at yoga.