August 18: Ala Khaki at the Lakes Gallery at Chi-Lin

All readings in the Poetry Summer Sundays series are free & open to all, including poetry lovers and doubters. Directions to the Lakes Gallery at Chi-Lin

Ala Khaki:   “A Poetic Return to the Persian Garden”
August 18, at 4:00 pm

​In celebration of A Garden Dream Exhibit poet Ala Khaki will discuss the role of “Garden” in Persian art and life, both as a multi-dimensional metaphor and a physical place of serenity, and read thematic poems from classic and modern Persian poets in Farsi and English.

Ala Khaki, an Iranian American poet, is the author of two poetry collections, “Calling the Dawn” (“Sahar Khani” in Farsi), and “Return” (BookSurge Publishing.)  His poems have appeared in Iranian and American literary journals and anthologies including “The Book Review (Barrasi e Ketab),” “Feather (Par),” “Thought and Imagination (Andishe va Khial),” “The Poets’ Touchstone,” “The Worcester Review,” “The 2010 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire,” and “Poets Showcase: An Anthology of New Hampshire Poets.”  In 1981, Ala Khaki was the subject of a documentary film titled “Resident Exile” by the celebrated documentary filmmaker and director Ross McElwee.

 

August 8, 2019: Rodger Martin and Robert Crawford Reading at Frost Farm

The Robert Frost Farm’s Hyla Brook Reading Series features Rodger Martin, along with Frost Farm Poetry Director and Derry Poet Laureate Robert Crawford, on Thursday, August 8, 6:30-8:30pm. 

The series, held at the Frost Farm located at 122 Rockingham Rd (Rt 28), is free and open to the public. An Open Mic follows the readings and all audience members are invited to share their work. 

Martin’s new book of poems in two languages: For All The Tea in Zhōngguó was released earlier this year.  His third poetry volume, The Battlefield Guide, (Hobblebush) uses locations on battlefields of the Civil War to reflect upon America today. Small Press Review selected The Blue Moon Series (Hobblebush), as its bi-monthly pick of the year. A translation of his work, On The Monadnock, appeared in China in 2006. Martin has received an Appalachia poetry award, an N.H. State Council on the Arts Fiction Fellowship, a series of Bruce Kellner/Monadnock Fellowships, and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2012, he was chosen as poet to represent the U.S. at Hangzhou, China’s international cultural festival. He returned in 2015 to read and lecture on poetry at Nanjing University and Shanghai University of International Business and Economics. His poem, “The Anchor,” was etched in stone at a reflecting pool at Shanghai University for International Business and Economics. He serves as co-editor for The Granite State Poetry Series, and teaches journalism at Keene State College and co-advises its award-winning student newspaper, The Equinox 

Also, appearing is Robert Crawford, Director of Frost Farm Poetry, and Derry’s first poet laureate. Crawford has published two books of poetry, The Empty Chair (2011, Richard Wilbur Award), and Too Much Explanation Can Ruin a Man (2005). His sonnets have twice won the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. His poems have appeared in many national journals including The FormalistFirst ThingsDark HorseThe Raintown ReviewThe LyricMeasureLight and Forbes. He co-founded the Hyla Brook Poets, and is a long-time member of the Powow River Poets of Newburyport, MA. He lives in Chester, NH, with his wife, the poet Midge Goldberg. 

The last Hyla Brook Reading Series event of the season is Thursday, Sept. 12, with a reading by Patrick Donnelly. 

Through September, the Hyla Brook Poets’ monthly writing workshop meets on the third Saturday of the month at 10am at its summer home at the Frost Farm, before moving to the Derry Public Library. 

About Frost Farm Poetry

Under the leadership of Robert W. Crawford, Derry Poet Laureate, Frost Farm Poetry’s mission is to support the writing and teaching of metrical poetry. The Hyla Brook Poets started in 2008 as a monthly poetry workshop. In March 2009, the monthly Hyla Brook Reading Series launched with readings by emerging poets as well as luminaries such as Maxine Kumin, Sharon Olds and Richard Blanco. From there, the Frost Farm Poetry Prize for metrical poetry was introduced in 2010, with the Frost Farm Conference beginning in 2015. 

For further information, email hylabrookpoets@gmail.com, or visit www.frostfarmpoetry.org or facebook.com/HylaBrookPoets or twitter.com/HylaBrookPoets

Vijay Seshadri Poetry Reading

Join the New England College MFA Program in Creative Writing for a poetry reading with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri. Seshadri is serving as the 2019 NEC MFA Elizabeth Yates McGreal Writer-in-Residence.

Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India, in 1954 and moved to America at the age of five. He is the author of the poetry books Wild Kingdom, The Long Meadow, The Disappearances, and 3 Sections, as well as many essays, reviews, and memoir fragments. His work has been widely published and anthologized and recognized with many honors, most recently the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and, in 2015, the Literature Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was educated at Oberlin College and Columbia University, and currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

This event will take place in the Great Room at 98 Bridge Street in Henniker, NH on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM.

BURLINGHAM FEATURED AT MOULTONBOROUGH JULY 2

MOULTONBOROUGH — Poet and artist Priscilla Burlingham will be the featured reader at the Moultonborough Library Poetry Night on Tuesday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m. An Open Mic will follow the featured reader.

Burlingham is a graduate of the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston. Her poetry was first encouraged while on painting fellowships at Ragsdale and Yaddo. She works on her poetry and painting all the time at her studio on Lees Pond in Moultonborough. Since the 1970s she has pursued applied physics each January at M.I.T., with a special affinity for poetry and outer space. She also rescues animals and grows plants from seed, which adds to the number of children she cannot leave.

The founder of the Poetry Night, she has gathered poets, poet laureates, artists and musicians to read and perform at the Moultonborough Public Library on the first Tuesday of every month. Her animal drawings and paintings have been featured in a one-woman show at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and at the Libby Museum in New Hampshire. She has read her poetry all over New England and has been featured in the New Hampshire Poet Showcase, sponsored by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and in several anthologies and periodicals, including The Other Side of Sorrow.

All are welcome to participate and to listen. Bring some words or a song and share it in the Open Mic portion. “This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear Priscilla’s poems and songs, and to note the many things she has done to support poetry in New Hampshire,” said Wolfeboro poet Bob Demaree, host for the July 2 event.

The Moultonborough Library is located at the junction of Routes 25 and 109 north, at the blinking light.

Souhegan Sustainability Fair

Announcement submitted by Lee Ann Dalton

 
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The 4th Annual Souhegan Sustainability Fair will be held at the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School on Saturday, 4 May 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. This family-friendly event will have exhibits, presentations, workshops, a farmers’ market, and live music. For more information, click here to visit their website.