Yesterday was a beautiful day for a discussion of nature poetry! We are so grateful to Dede and Diana for coming out to speak with us!
What poems have influenced and inspired you in your life?
On April 30, at 1:30 pm at the Library, join Diana Whitney, poetry columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of the prizewinning poetry debut WANTING IT, and Dede Cummings, publisher and editor at Green Writers Press, for a lively discussion of some of their favorite nature poetry.
We’ll read classics like Wordsworth, Yeats, and Frost, as well as contemporary poets like Jane Kenyon and Cleopatra Mathis, and then talk openly about why and how their voices speak to us.
Bring a copy of your favorite poem if you wish!
On April 20, at 7 pm, at the Lounge in VCFA’s Noble Hall at 39 College Street, Ryan Walsh, development and writing director at the Vermont Studio Center, hosts an evening of some of Vermont’s finest voices— Major Jackson, Kerrin McCadden, Baron Wormser, Julia Shipley, Kristin Fogdall, Diana Whitney and Laurie Macfee.
Each poet is an alum of VSC’s residency or Visiting Writer program. The reading will feature writers at every career level, from emerging to nationally celebrated. Poets will each share their work for 10 minutes, followed by an opportunity for conversation.
Major Jackson is a poet, professor, and the author of three collections of poetry: Holding Company, Hoops, and Leaving Saturn.
Kerrin McCadden teaches at Montpelier High School and is the author of the Vermont Book Award‒winning collection of poetry Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes.
Baron Wormser is the former Poet Laureate of Maine and author and coauthor of numerous books, most recently in poetry Unidentified Sighing Objects and Impenitent Notes, and in prose Teach Us That Peace.
Julia Shipley is the cofounder of Chickadee Chaps & Broads and the author of poetry chapbook First Do No Harm and prose book Adam’s Mark.
Diana Whitney’s first book, Wanting It, became an indie bestseller and won the Rubery Book Award in poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in The Boston Globe, Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, Salon, The Washington Post, and many more.
Kristin Fogdall’s work has appeared in Poetry, The New Republic, Slate.com, New England Review, and other journals; she is currently finishing a book-length collection.
Laurie Macfee was Writing Coordinator at VSC 2015-16 and continues as Grants Coordinator. She’s the designer and past poetry editor of Sierra Nevada Review, and poetry guest co-editor of Green Mountains Review 2016-17. Publications include Forklift, Ohio; Blue Lyra Review; Big Bell; Brushfire; and the anthology Change in the American West.
[edited to add Baron Wormser’s most recent poetry 4/23]