MFA Program Announces 2010 Winter Poetry Readings
The Master of Fine Arts in Poetry program at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, announces the winter 2010 schedule of poetry readings. All readings will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the New England College Simon Center at 98 Bridge Street in Henniker. Readings are free and open to the public.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 5
Brian Henry and Carol Frost
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6
Malena Morling and James Harms
THURSDAY, JANUARY 7
New Hampshire Poets and Alice Fogel and Martha Donovan
FRIDAY, JANUARY 8
New media performance and reading with Tara Rebele
Film presentation with Francesco Levato
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10
Alumni reading with Bhisham Bherwani ’06
Open mic readings by NEC alumni
THE MFA IN POETRY PROGRAM AT NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE
The New England College MFA Low Residency Program in Poetry offers a rigorous yet innovative focus on poetry taught by an outstanding faculty dedicated to mentoring each student according to their interests and aesthetic.
Founded in 2002, we are a diverse community of poets working together in a collegial program that recognizes the importance of close listening, critical acumen, respectful response, and what Marianne Moore called “a place for the genuine.” With over 100 graduates, our alumni publish, teach and are winning awards for their writing.
Brian Henry has written five books of poetry and two chapbooks. His sixth book of poetry, Lessness, is scheduled to be published by Ahsahta Press. His work has appeared in numerous publications including The New Republic, American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, and Poetry Review, and has been collected in several anthologies. Translations of his work have been made to Russian, Slovenian, and Croatian. In addition, he has co-edited Verse since 1995, has written poetry criticism for the New York Times Book Review, The Yale Review, and Boston Review, has translated the work of Slovenian poet Tomaz Salamun and is currently translating the work of Ales Steger. He is the winner of the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America.
Carol Frost is the author of six books of poetry published by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press. She has received two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and her work has been honored by PEN, the Elliston and the Poets’ Prize committees, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, Southern Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and the New York Times. She founded and directs the Catskill Poetry Workshop at Hartwick College and has taught at Syracuse University, Wichita State University, Washington University, the Vermont Studio Center, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the University of Wollongong in Australia. She currently holds the Alfond Chair in Creative Writing at Rollins College.
Malena Morling is the author of two books of poetry. Her work has been published in numerous publications and anthologies including The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and Washington Post Book World. She is the recipient of the 1999 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, the 2004 Lotos Club Foundation Prize, and the 2007 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. She has translated the work of Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer. Ms. Morling is assistant professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and was a 2007-08 research associate at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe.
James Harms, co-director of the MFA in Poetry at New England College, is the author of five books published by the Carnegie Mellon University Press. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and Verse. He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes, the PEN/Revson Fellowship, and grants from the Pennsylvania and West Virginia Arts Commissions. He was the founding director of the MFA Program at West Virginia University and was Poet-in-Residence at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University.
Alice B. Fogel has written two books of poetry and collections of her work have appeared in national competitions more than 30 times. She has been published in Best American Poetry Series, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, and Pleiades. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A book, The Field Guide to Poetry, was developed from her program for the New Hampshire Humanities Council and was published in 2006. She is a co-founder of the New Hampshire Young Writers Conference and is a frequent artist-in-the-schools.
Martha Andrews Donovan is Associate Professor of Writing at New England College. She was the featured poet of the New Hampshire Poet Showcase over the summer of 2009. Personally selected by New Hampshire Poet Laureate, Walter E. Butts, her biography and a poem from her recently published book, Dress Her in Silk, were featured on the page sponsored by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Her essay, “A Cottage of One’s Own: Some Reflections on Intellectual Freedom,” was published by Bleak House Review, and “Harpswell Notes, Part II,” appeared in the March 2009 issue of Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors. Her book of poems, Dress Her in Silk, was published by Finishing Line Press in May 2009.
Tara Rebele is a performance artist who works with text. Her dramatic piece, “Balance,” was inspired by The Pink Guitar, by Rachel Blau DuPlessis.
Francesco Levato is the executive director of the Poetry Center of Chicago and is an author, poet, translator, and new media artist. He is the author of three books of poetry, Elegy for Dead Languages, Marginal Slate, and War Rug, a book-length documentary poem. He has translated the work of two Italian poets, Tiziano Fratus, and Fabiano Alborghetti. His poetry-based video artwork has been exhibited in galleries and featured at many international film festivals including Berlin, Chicago, and New York.
Bhisham Bherwani is a 2006 graduate of the MFA in Poetry Program at New England College. He has received fellowships and scholarships from The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, and The Frost Place. Born in Bombay, India, he studied at Cornell University and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University.