Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Poetry on the Calendar: 2007

Kingdom Books hopes to host Brian Turner, Julia Shipley, Ellen Dudley, and Joan Aleshire over the next few months; we'll announce dates as soon as they firm up.

Co-hosting with St. Johnsbury Academy at the Grace Stewart Orcutt Library, we are very definitely presenting Dartmouth professor/poet Cleopatra Mathis on March 30 and Amherst-region poet Kevin Goodan on May 4 (those are Fridays; 3 p.m.).

Still in the planning stage: a series of visual media/poetry events featuring poets who've found Vermont to be the best retreat from the streets of New York City. Stay tuned.

And now, a few other poetry dates to note: Henniker NH's fabulous MFA in poetry program at New England College opens its January session with a dramatic move south, to a campus in Northfield, MA. See the college web site (www.nec.edu) for more details -- reading at the campus on Jan. 4 at 7 pm, Michael Waters and Ilya Kaminsky (don't miss it!); at the Hooker Dunham Theater in Brattleboro on Jan. 5, Anne Waldman and Toi Dericotte (talk about contrast!) at 8 pm; on Jan. 7 at 8 pm at the Jones Library in Amherst, Ross Gay and Gerald Stern; on Monday Jan. 8 at 7 pm back in Northfield MA, Maxine Kumin and Judith Vollmer; on Wednesday Jan. 10 at 7 pm, on the Northfield campus, Jan Heller Levi, Alicia Ostriker, and Jeff Friedman; and on Thursday Jan. 11 at 7 pm on the Northfield campus, Carol Frost, Paula McLain, Wyn Cooper, and Chard deNiord. Whew!!

Coming up at Vermont Studio Center: Jan. 15, John Yau; Feb. 2, Carol Frost; Feb. 26, John Haines (be sure to call on the date, for seat reservation and to confirm the poet has arrived -- 802-635-2727, changes DO happen).

And in case you haven't looked at The Frost Place web site recently, the 2007 resident poet is -- drums, please -- Jody Gladding! Quite a line of poets are scheduled for this summer (www.frostplace.org) at the Franconia, NH, site.

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