•Series XVIII•


Our Winter Reading


Jason Tandon is the author of three collections of poetry including, Quality of Life (Black Lawrence Press, 2013) and Give over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt (Black Lawrence Press 2009), winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award. His work has appeared in many venues including AGNI Online, Boston Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Esquire, Harvard Review Online, Poetry East, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, and on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac. He teaches in the Arts & Sciences Writing Program at Boston University. 

CORWIN ERICSON/ Northhampton, MA
Corwin Ericson is the author of the novel Swell (Dark Coast, 2012) and Checked Out OK (Factory Hollow Press, 2013), a book-length found poem in the form of a collection of police reports. He is a former managing editor of the Massachusetts Review and works as a copywriter and as a lecturer at colleges in western Massachusetts. Work of his has been published in Fence, Harper’s Magazine, jubilat and elsewhere.

Stay for good cheer and the ConVERSE Q&A TO FOLLOW.


•Series XVII•

FALL |  2014  | 

Thursday, October 30
7 pm*

Together with community poets/ writers/ artists & hosted by Conversations in the Liberal Arts & the Creative Writing program at New England College, we invite you to an evening with...

Joseph Hurka, short fiction

Maggie Martin, poetry

Photography exhibition by Marky Kauffmann

1 Union Street, Center for Liberal Arts & Sciences 
Henniker, NH

@ 98 Bridge Street (Rt. 114), Simon Center, New England College. Exit at the end of the Simon Center driveway. Cross intersection at Bridge Street/#114, onto Union Street. Proceed up Union St., to second house on the left. Say the secret password, "jackalope."

$5 suggested for all the candy corn, snacks, wine & good conversation you can muster.

*Stay for ConVerse, a casual Q&A and talk to follow*

Joseph Hurka is the author of the memoir, Fields of Light: A Son Remembers His Heroic Father, winner of the Pushcart Editors' Book Award, and of Before (2007), a novel from St. Martin's Press. A new short story collection, Graceful Lies, is due in early 2015. He was educated at Bradford College, where he studied with the short story master, Andre Dubus, and at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Hurka's short stories have been published in The Dos Passos Review, Ploughshares, Agni, Entelechy International, Alaska Quarterly Review and numerous other literary journals. His travel writing will be featured in the upcoming National Geographic publication, Journeys Home (February, 2015). Hurka lives in southern New Hampshire, and teaches at Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts.

Maggie Martin was born in Northeast Pennsylvania in the heart of the Anthracite Coal region. She made her home in the Pocono Mountains, where for over twenty-five years, she helped people write their poems and tell their stories. As Poet-in-Residence at the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Martin specialized in healing through the practice of poetry. Her work has been published in literary journals, often anthologized, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She currently lives on the Contoocook River in the foothills of the White Mountains in New Hampshire, close to her family.

Marky Kauffmann is a graduate of Boston University and the New England School of Photography.  She has been working as a fine-art photographer and educator for more than thirty years.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including two Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Finalist grants.  She was chosen as one of America’s Top Ten New Photographers by Maine Photographic Workshop in 1987, and received a Photographic Resource Center Biennial Participant Award in 1993. Most recently, she won First Place in Soho Photo Gallery’s National Alternative Processes Competition, was a finalist in the 3rd Julia Margaret Cameron Worldwide Gala Awards, and garnered an Honorable Mention Award in the 38th Professional Women Photographers International Open.

Kauffmann is a passionate educator who has taught photography at numerous secondary schools, including Buckingham Brown and Nichols School, Shady Hill School, Dana Hall School, Milton Academy and Weston High School.  She also spent twenty years teaching photography to adults as part of the New England School of Photography’s Evening Workshop Program.  Currently she teaches at Milton Academy’s Saturday Course.


2013  WINTER poetry reading

saturday, DECEMBER 7, 7p*
sharon arts center
peterborough nh
$5 suggested 

*conVerse q&a with poets to follow reading
tricuits, wine & possible ukelele appearance included

Leah Nielsen holds an MFA from the University of Alabama.  Her first collection of poetry, No Magic, was published by Word Press, a division of WordTech Communications. Her chapbook Side Effects May Include is forthcoming in the journal The Chapbook. Most recently, her poems have appeared in Fourteen Hills, Hotel Amerika, Indiana Review, and Rattle. She teaches at Westfield State University, in Westfield, MA, and lives there with her husband and two wild and crazy dogs.


Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, which won the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize (New Issues Poetry & Prose, March 2014).  Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Rattle, Green Mountains Review, Failbetter and other journals, as well as in Best American Poetry and The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, support from the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund and The Vermont Studio Center. Currently a degree candidate at The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she also teaches English and Creative Writing at Montpelier High School. She lives in nearby Plainfield, Vermont.


 2013  fall poetry reading
saturday, october 19, 7p*
sharon arts center
peterborough nh
$5 suggested 

*conVerse q&a with poets to follow reading
featuring ukulele by jason
wine & heckling by adam


Dan Chelotti is the author of x (McSweeney's, 2013) and a chapbook, The Eights (Poetry Society of America, 2006), which was selected for a National Chapbook Fellowship by Yusef Komunyakaa. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming in POETRY, Fence, Boston Review, jubilat, Post Road, Barrelhouse and many other journals. He sits on the advisory board for Flying Object and is an Assistant Professor of English at Elms College, where he is currently applying for tenure. He lives in Massachusetts with his cat, Mina.

Janet Barry is a musician and poet with works in numerous journals and anthologies including Ragged-Sky Press, Off-the-Coast, Cider Press Review, Canary, Adventus, Edge, and New Mirage Journal.  She serves yearly as a judge for Poetry Out Loud, and has received Pushcart Prize nominations for her poems “Winter Barn” and "Commandment"  Janet holds a BM in organ performance and an MFA in poetry. 

Finishing Line Press published Kathleen Fagley’s chapbook How You Came to Me, chosen as a finalist in the New Women’s Voices Series.  She has had poetry published in The Stillwater Review, Memoir Journal, Cutthroat, The Comstock Review and others.  Her critical essay on Jean Valentine’s poetry is included with twenty-five poets in a 2012 publication of the University of Michigan titled: Jean Valentine: This-http://www.blogger.com/nullWorld Company edited by Kazim Ali and John Hoppenthaler.  Currently she is a poetry editor for Amoskeag: The Journal of Southern New Hampshire University and was a poetry editor of a Monadnock Writers’ 2011 publication: Shadow and Light: a Literary Anthology on Memory.  She lives with her husband Paul in Keene, New Hampshire and teaches babies and toddlers at Keene State College’s Child Development Center.

• SERIES 14 •


J. Hope Stein is the author of [Talking Doll] (Dancing Girl Press), [Mary](Hyacinth Girl Press), and Corner Office (H_ngm_n Bks). She is the editor ofPoetry Crush.

Emily Toder is the author of Science (Coconut Books, 2012) and the chapbooks Brushes With (Tarpaulin Sky, 2010), I Hear a Boat (Duets, 2012), and No Land (forthcoming 2013 from Brave Men Press). A graduate of the MFA Program at UMass Amherst, she also holds degrees in Literary Translation and Library Science. She lives in Northampton, where she freelance translates Spanish and Catalan literature and works at the UMass archives. For more info and tidbits, click emilytoder.tumblr.com.

MAY 4, 7P
Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough/NH


       j. hope STEIN of Brooklyn/NY

         emily TODER of Northampton/MASS

{Stay for ConVERSE, an open forum Q&A with the poets & audience, following the reading}

$5 suggested for all the poetry, wine & good conversation you can eat.

• Series 13 •

Saturday, December 8 
The Sharon Arts Exhibition Gallery
$5 suggested

Poems by
Jack Christian
Patrick Donnelly


Jack Christian is the author of Family System, which received the 2012 Colorado Prize for poetry, and the chapbook Let's Collaborate from Magic Helicopter Press. His poems have appeared in journals such as Denver Quarterly, jubilat, Mississippi Review, and Web Conjunctions. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he lives currently in Amherst Massachusetts and teaches writing at Westfield State University.
Patrick Donnelly is the author of The Charge (Ausable Press, 2003, since 2009 part of Copper Canyon Press) and Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin (Four Way Books, 2012). He is director of the Advanced Seminar at The Frost Place, an associate editor of Poetry International, a contributing editor of Tran(s)tudies (www.transtudies.org), and has taught creative writing at Colby College, Smith College, the Lesley University MFA Program, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and elsewhere. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Slate, Ploughshares, The Yale Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Massachusetts Review, and many other journals. With Stephen D. Miller, Donnelly is co-translator of the Japanese poems in The Wind from Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period, a scholarly history and analysis forthcoming from Cornell East Asia Series. Website: http://www.patrickdonnellypoems.com


the starving artist presents

## SEPTEMBER 22, 7P ##


Nicole Wallace

Will Edmiston

Marilyn McCabe


For all

nicole wallace
Wallace is the author of WHITE FLOWERS, a loose-leaf multi-media chapbook in an envelope. She co-edits BRAWLING PIGEON, which appears occasionally, and her work has recently appeared in Lungfull! and Solicitations(American Books: Steck Editions).

will edmiston
Edmiston is a poet living in Brooklyn. He is the volunteer archivist for The Poetry Project. His chapbook entitled effie was published by 3 Sad Tigers Press http://3sadtigers.blogspot.com/ in 2011. Some new work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Books:Steck Editions and Sun’s Skeleton.

marilyn mccabe
Marilyn McCabe’s book of poetry Perpetual Motion was chosen by judge Gray Jacobik to be published as part of the Hilary Tham Capital Collection by The Word Works in 2012. She is a regular contributor of poetry book reviews for Connotation Press, and her poetry has appeared in print and online in such magazines as Nimrod, Painted Bride Quarterly, and the Cortland Review. Thanks to a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts in 2012 she is at work on the development of a video-poem.




Andrew Morgan's work has appeared in such magazines as Conduit, Verse, Fairy Tale Review, Country Music, and Slope as well as being selected for a "Young American Poet" feature in the magazine Pleiades. He has been the recipient of a Slovenian Writers Association fellowship granting a month long writing residence in the city of Ljubljana and is  currently an Assistant Professor of Writing at New England College in Henniker, NH. 

Zachary Green is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago's B.A. poetry program. His work has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Cavalier Literary Couture, plain china, South Loop Review, Phantom Limb and Jellyfish Magazine . He was selected by Jaswinder Bolina as a second-place recipient of the 2010 & '11 Elma Stuckey Poetry Award.


* S P R I N G *


MAY 12, 2012


Brett Price

Price lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY.  He currently serves as the Friday Late Night Series Coordinator at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church.  Recent work has been published or is forthcoming in LUNGFULL!, Brawling Pigeon, Bright Pink Mosquito, Sink Review, and Well Greased.  

Jennifer Militello



Militello is the author of Flinch of Song, winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Award, and the chapbook Anchor Chain, Open Sail. Her second book, Body Thesaurus, was named a finalist for the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award by Marilyn Hacker and is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. Her poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The North American Review, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Best New Poets 2008, and have been awarded the Barbara Bradley Award from the New England Poetry Club, the 49th Parallel Award from The Bellingham Review, and the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award from Red Hen Press.

Jess Mynes

Mynes is the author of several published works, including How's the Cows and Sky Brightly Picked. His One Anthem will be published by Pressed Wafer Press in 2012. He is the editor of Fewer & Further Press and co-curator of a reading series in Western, MA, All Small Caps.







FALLseries • 8 •

Time for apple pickin', pie & poetry!
7 PM
the Starving Artist 

               poetry by  ELLEN DORÉ WATSON

                  creative non-fiction by BOB COWSER

               poetry by PETER CAMPION

Ellen Doré Watson is the author of four full-length collections, most recently, Dogged Hearts (Tupelo Press, 2010). Earlier books include This Sharpening, also from Tupelo, and two from Alice James, We Live in Bodies and Ladder Music, winner of the New England/New York award. Among her honors are a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Grant, a Rona Jaffe Writers Award, fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and to Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center’s Zoland Poetry Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship. Watson has translated a dozen books from the Brazilian Portuguese, including The Alphabet in the Park: Selected Poems of Adélia Prado (Wesleyan University Press), and has also co-translated contemporary Arabic language poetry with Saadi Simawe. She serves as Director of the Poetry Center at Smith College, poetry editor and translation editor of The Massachusetts Review, and is a core faculty member at the Colrain Manuscript Conference and at Drew University’s Low-Residency MFA program in poetry and translation. 

Bob Cowser, Jr.'s most recent book GREEN FIELDS: Crime, Punishment, and a Boyhood Between (University of New Orleans Press), about the 1979 murder of one of his grade school classmates and the execution of her killer in 2000, won "Best Memoir 2010" from the Adirondack Center for Writers. Cowser's first book, DREAM SEASON, published in 2004 by the Atlantic Monthly Press, was a New York Times Book Review "Editor's Choice" and "Paperback Row" selection and was listed among the Chronicle of Higher Education's best-ever college sports books. He is also the author of SCOREKEEPING, a collection of coming-of-age essays published in October 2006 by the University of South Carolina Press, and editor of WHY WE'RE HERE: NEW YORK ESSAYISTS ON LIVING UPSTATE, published by Colgate University Press in 2010.   Cowser's work has appeared widely in American literary magazines, including River Teeth, Fourth Genre, The Pinch, the Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, American Literary Review, Sycamore Review, Brevity, Sonora Review and Creative Nonfiction. He is Professor of English at St. Lawrence University, where he teaches courses in nonfiction writing and later American literature, and an Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty Member with Ashland University's Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts program. He also serves as associate editor of RIVER TEETH: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative. 

Peter Campion is the author of two collections of poems, Other People (2005) and The Lions (2009), both from The University of Chicago Press. He's also published a monograph on the painter Mitchell Johnson (Terrence Rogers Fine Art, 2004.) His poems and prose have appeared recently in AGNI, ArtNews, The Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New York Times, Poetry, Slate, and the Threepenny Review. He is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, the Larry Levis Reading Prize, the Joseph Brodksy Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts. He teaches in the M.F.A. Program at the University of Minnesota.

summºr series sevºn

SATURDAY  J  U  L  Y  16    8   PM


>  POETS  <


< james shea > nicole trigg < ewa chrusciel >

James Shea is the author of Star in the Eye, selected for the 2008 Fence Modern Poets Series. His poems have appeared in various journals, including American Letters and Commentary, Boston Review, Colorado Review, jubilat, and Verse. A former research fellow at Utsunomiya University in Japan, he received an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, and as a poet-in-residence in the Chicago public schools.

Nicole Trigg lives in Brooklyn, binds and repairs books, and co-curates the CROWD reading series. Writing is featured in Flying Fish, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Love Among the Ruins, and on the website Ink Node.

Ewa Chrusciel writes both in Polish and English. In 2003 Studium published her first book in Polish. Her second book in Polish: Sopilki came out in Dec 2009. She has won the 2009 international book contest for her book in English, Strata, which was published with Emergency Press in March 2011 in the United States. Her poems have appeared in three anthologies and were also featured in Boston Review, Colorado Review, Jubilat, Spoon River Review, Aufgabe, Spoon River Review, Omnidawn blog, Process, Lana Turner, Mandorla, Rhino, American Letters and Commentary, Poetry Wales (GB), Aesthetica (GB). Her translations of poetry appeared in numerous journals and two anthologies of Polish poetry in English translations: Carnivorous Boy, Carnivorous Bird and Six Polish Poets. She is a Professor of Humanities at Colby-Sawyer College.


APRIL  16  2011 
Saturday, 8 pm
the Starving Artist Gallery
Downtown Keene, NH
suggested: $5

√out POETS


                   JENN MONROE

>  bring it early for open mic with Vice & Verses @ 6p!  <

Ivy Page is a poet whose poetry has been described by Ross Gay as, "passionate, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious poems, (which) always have a deep and generous intelligence." She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her husband and two daughters. Ivy graduated from Plymouth State University with a BA in English and  minor in Medieval Studies, and went on to complete her MFA in Creative Writing at New England College. She teaches at a number of colleges throughout New Hampshire. She is the editor and founder of Organs of Vision and Speech Magazine. Ivy runs two open mics for poets in New Hampshire because she believes that poetry needs to be heard! Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies nationally, her first book Any Other Branch, will be available through Salmon Poetry of Ireland in March 2012. Her second book, Elemental, will be out with Salmon Poetry in 2014.  Find out more about Ivy at: www.poeticentanglement.com

Tucker Sampson was born in New York, raised in Connecticut, and now lives and works in New Hampshire. He works as a quote unquote Freelancer Teacher, where he enjoys shaping the minds of the youth. Tucker recently received his MFA in Poetry from New England College. He advises and acts as an Associate Editor for the Henniker Review. A literary publication to which
he contributes.

Jenn Monroe strives to be a poet of love, in all its forms. She has faith in the world, despite its many failings, and enjoys guiding students at Chester College of New England on their own journeys through writing. Jenn has seen her work most recently accepted by The Lindenwood Review, Danse Macabre, Sakura Review, and The Chamber 4 Literary Magazine. Jenn holds a bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure University, a master's degree from The College of Saint Rose, and a master's of fine art degree in poetry from New England College.