Previous Readers

Jennifer Militello is the author of The Pact, forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2021 and Knock Wood, winner of the Dzanc Nonfiction Prize (Dzanc Books, 2019), as well as four additional collections of poetry: A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments (Tupelo Press, 2016), finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award and the Sheila Margaret Motton Prize, Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press, 2013), named one of the top books of 2013 by Best American Poetry and runner-up for the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, Flinch of Song, winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Award, and the chapbook Anchor Chain, Open Sail.

Her work has been published widely in such journals as American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, POETRY, Tin House, and anthologized in Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion, and The Manifesto Project. She has been awarded the Barbara Bradley Award, the Yeats Poetry Prize, the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award, the Betty Gabehart Prize, and the 49th Parallel Award, as well as grants and fellowships from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Writers at Work, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.

Militello teaches in the MFA program at New England College. She lives in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

Jennifer Militello

November 15, 2020 Reading

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017), which was long-listed for the National Book Award and won the Thom Gunn Award, among other honors. Last summer, Bloodaxe Books published the UK edition. He is also the author of four chapbooks, most recently GESUNDHEIT! (with Sam Herschel Wein, Glass Poetry Press). His work appears in many publications, including Poetry, Ploughshares, Poem-a-Day, and The Best American Poetry (2015 & 2019). He has received a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from Kundiman and the National Endowment for the Arts. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a PhD from Texas Tech University. He teaches at Brandeis University as the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence and co-runs the journal, Underblong. He lives in Waltham, MA with his partner, Jeff Gilbert and their pug, Mr. Rupert Giles. 

George Kalogeris

November 15, 2020 Reading

George Kalogeris’ most recent book, Guide to Greece ,(LSU 2019) was described as “At once boisterous, ironic and tender” by Michael Putnam, emeritus professor of classics, Brown university.  “The poems fall on the ear and rest in the heart…with consummate ease.”

George Kalogeris

November 10, 2019 Reading

Ellen Doré Watson previous director of the Poetry Center at Smith College and named one of “24 Poets for the 21st Century” by the Library Journal has written five books of poetry and many translations from Portuguese. Robert Pinsky described her work as “interrogative, tender, wildly inventive.” Gerald Stern echoed, writing “The poems are wild, delirious…yet the (smart) organizing principle is this mind, ever alert, choosing and sorting.” Her most recent book is pray me stay eager (Alice James Books, 2018)

Ellen Doré Watson

November 10, 2019 Reading

Andrea Cohen’s poems and stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Threepenny Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Glimmer Train, The Hudson Review, etc.  A new book of poems, Nightshade, will be out this year with Four Way Books. Other collections include Unfathoming (Four Way Books, 2017), Furs Not Mine (Four Way Books, 2015), Kentucky Derby (Salmon Poetry, 2011), Long Division (Salmon Poetry, 2009), and The Cartographer’s Vacation (Owl Creek Press, 1999). She has received a PEN Discovery Award, Glimmer Train’s Short Fiction Award, and several fellowships at The MacDowell Colony. She directs the Writers House at Merrimack College and the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, MA, and is teaching a poetry workshop this June at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Andrea Cohen

May 19, 2019 Reading

Maggie Dietz, author of That Kind of Happy (University of Chicago Press, 2016,) and Perennial Fall (University of Chicago, 2006), which won the 2007 Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry and a Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award for Outstanding Achievement. She was director of the Favorite Poem Project. With Robert Pinsky, she co-edited three anthologies related to the project.  Her awards include the Grolier Poetry Prize, the George Bennett Fellowship, fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, and the NH State Council on the Arts. Dietz’s poems have appeared in literary journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, Agni, Harvard Review and Salmagundi. Dietz taught in the Creative Writing Program at Boston University and was assistant poetry editor of online magazine, Slate.  She is Associate Professor of English at UMass, Lowell.

Maggie Dietz

May 19, 2019 Reading

Prizewinning poet, translator and editor.  Of his book, The Right Place to Jump, Marjorie Perloff writes, “these [are] wonderfully funny, sad, heartbreaking, jaunty, and always delightfully accurate poems.”

http://petercovino.com

Peter Corvino

November 2018 Reading

Distinguished poet, essayist, teacher and editor. “Shadow-feast” (her most recent of five books of poetry) “is a tour de force,  sheared of excess, breathtaking in its leaps, and thrilling in its sonic resonances.” – Los Angeles Review of Books.

www.joanhoulihan.com

Joan Houlihan

November 2018 Reading