President's Speaker Series | Author Chard deNiord - New England College

President’s Speaker Series | Author Chard deNiord

April 13, 2022
Author Chard deNiord


Co-founder of the MFA in Poetry program Chard deNiord and MFA alumni/writers Tara Betts, Howie Faerstein, Stephan Delbos, Sara Lefsyk

April 13, 5:30pm, Putnam Theatre, Henniker Campus
Free and Open to the Public

Chard deNiord is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently In My Unknowing (University of Pittsburgh Press 2020) and Interstate (U. of Pittsburgh, 2015). His other books include The Double Truth (U. of Pittsburgh, 2011), Night Mowing (U. of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), Sharp Golden Thorn (Marsh Hawk Press, 2002), and Asleep in the Fire (U. of Alabama Press, 1990). He is also the author of two books of interviews with eminent American poets titled Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs, Conversations and Reflections on 20th Century Poetry (Marick Press, 2011) and I Would Lie To You If I Could (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018). He is the cofounder of the Ruth Stone Trust and Ruth Stone Foundation and currently Professor Emeritus of English and Creative Writing at Providence College. He co-founded the New England College MFA Program in Poetry in 2001, where he also served as the program director until 2008. From 2015 to 2019 he served as poet laureate of Vermont. He lives in Westminster West, Vermont with his wife, the painter Liz Hawkes deNiord.

Dr. Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit, Arc & Hue, and the forthcoming Refuse to Disappear. In addition to working as an editor, a teaching artist, and a mentor for other writers, she has taught at several universities. She is the Inaugural Poet for the People Practitioner Fellow at University of Chicago and founder of Whirlwind Learning Center. Tara can be found on twitter at @tarabetts

Howie Faerstein, a graduate of New England College’s MFA Program, is the author of the chapbooks: Play a Song on the Drums, he said and Out of Order (Main Street Rag) and two full-length collections: Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn and Googootz and Other Poems, both published by Press 53. His poetry and reviews can be found in Great River Review, Nimrod, CutThroat, Off the Coast, Rattle, upstreet, Nine Mile and on-line in Verse DailyNixes MateOn the Seawall, Peacock Journal, and Connotation. A five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, he’s co-poetry editor of Cutthroat, volunteers as a mentor at the Center for New Americans, and lives in Florence, MA.

Stephan Delbos, the first Poet Laureate of Plymouth, Massachusetts, is the author of In Memory of Fire (Cape Cod Poetry Review, 2016); Light Reading (BlazeVOX, 2019); and Small Talk (Dos Madres, 2021). Awarded the PEN/Heim Translation grant in 2015, he has translated widely from Czech, including Tereza Riedlbauchová’s Paris Notebook (Visible Spectrum, 2021); and Vítězslav Nezval’s Woman in the Plural(Twisted Spoon Press, 2021). Two of his plays have been produced: Chetty’s Lullaby, about trumpet legend Chet Baker (Viracocha Theater, San Francisco, 2013); and Deaf Empire, about Czech composer Bedrich Smetana (Prague Shakespeare Company, 2017). His scholarly work includes The New American Poetry and Cold War Nationalism (Palgrave, 2021). He is a co-founder of the web journal B O D Y(