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Voices of Poetry at Chesterwood
October 10 @ 2:00 pm
Voices of Poetry will present an afternoon of original poetry at Chesterwood outdoors on the lawn. Four acclaimed poets and one musician will read work that resonates for them with the historic house and studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial, and with this moment in time – Matt Donovan, Director of The Poetry Center, Smith College; Amy Dryansky, Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry winner; Howard Faerstein, Assistant Poetry Editor, Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts; Richard Michelson, former Poet Laureate of Northampton; and Concetta Abbate, violinist/composer.
VOP organizes poetry readings with poets and writers at venues throughout New England and was founded by Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and poetry activist, Neil Silberblatt.
Matt Donovan is the author of two collections of poetry—Vellum (Mariner, 2007) and Rapture & the Big Bam (Tupelo Press, 2017)—as well as the nonfiction collection of lyric essays A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape: Meditations on Ruin and Redemption (Trinity University Press, 2016). His work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including AGNI, Kenyon Review, Poetry, Seneca Review and more. His piece “House of the Vettii” was selected as a notable essay for The Best American Essays 2013, and he has won Whiting Award, a Rome Prize in Literature, a Pushcart Prize and an NEA Fellowship in Literature. He is collaborating on the chamber opera Inheritance about the life of Sarah Winchester.
Amy Dryansky has published two poetry collections, and with the second, Grass Whistle (Salmon Poetry), she won the Massachusetts Book Award. Her first, How I Got Lost So Close to Home, won the New England/New York Award from Alice James. Her work appears Barrow Street, Harvard Review, New England Review, Memorious, Orion, The Sun, Tin House, and other journals. She’s received honors from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MacDowell Colony and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and is a former Poet Laureate of Northampton. She directs the Culture, Brain & Development Program at Hampshire College.
Howard Faerstein’s full-length book of poetry, Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn, a selection of the Silver Concho Poetry Series, was published by Press 53. His work can be found in numerous journals, including Great River Review, Nimrod, Cutthroat, Upstreet, Off the Coast, Cape Cod Poetry Review, Mudfish, and on-line in Gris-Gris, and Connotation Press. He’s an assistant poetry editor at Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts. He lives in Florence and teaches American Literature at Westfield State University.
Richard Michelson’s many books for children, teens and adults have been listed among the Ten Best of the Year by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The New Yorker; and among the best Dozen of the Decade by Amazon.com. He has received a National Jewish Book Award and two Sydney Taylor Gold Medals (and two Silver) from the Association of Jewish Libraries. Other credits include two Massachusetts Book Award Honors, three Skipping Stones Multicultural Book Awards, a Harlem Book Fest Phillis Wheatley Honor, a National Parenting Publication Gold Medal and an International Reading Association Teacher’s Choice Award.