Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, 7 p.m.
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire returns for 2018! Their headliners this month are Don Wellman and Rodger Martin. A tribute to our beloved poet friend Eleanor Corliss follows their reading; please bring your favorite poem of hers, or a story about her, if you would like to share.
All are welcome, newcomers are encouraged.
Donald Wellman is a poet and translator. His most recent book of poetry is Essay Poems from Dos Madres Press. Albiach / Celan: Reading Across Languages is from Annex Press (Spring 2017). His Expressivity in Modern Poetry is forthcoming (early 2018) from Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. His poetry has been described as trans-cultural and baroque. Collections of his poetry include Roman Exercises (Talisman House, 2015), The Cranberry Island Series (Dos Madres, 2013), A North Atlantic Wall (Dos Madres, 2010), Prolog Pages (Ahadada, 2009), and Fields (Light and Dust, 1995). He has translated books of poetry by Antonio Gamoneda, Emilio Prados, Yvan Goll, and Roberto Echavarren. As editor of O.ARS, he produced a series of annual anthologies including Coherence (1981) and Translations: Experiments in Reading (1984).
Rodger Martin’s 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. In the fall of 2017, his new book of poetry in translation: For All The Tea in Zhōngguó is scheduled for release.
Martin received an Appalachia poetry award, a N.H. Council on the Arts Fiction Fellowship, three Bruce Kellner/Monadnock Fellowships to pursue his writing, 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 annual international cultural festival and returned in 2015 to read and lecture on poetry at Nanjing University and Shanghai University of International Business and Economics. In 2017, 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. He helped begin and direct New Hampshire’s Poetry Outloud Program, now in its 12th year.
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