Except for Love: New England Poets Inspired by Donald Hall

Thursday, September 5th, 2019, 6 p.m.

Please join Gibson's Bookstore for an evening of verse as we present a selection of well-established New England poets, reading poems from the Donald Hall-inspired anthology, Except for Love: New England Poets Inspired by Donald Hall. The book includes an introduction by Wesley McNair, former poet laureate of Maine, and long-time friend of Donald Hall.

Poets presenting this evening include:

Matt Forrest Esenwine. Matt's poetry has been published in various collections including the National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (2015), and in 2012 his poem, "Apple-Stealing," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is also the recipient of the 2019 MacGregor Poetry Prize, coordinated by the Robert Frost Farm board of trustees and Derry (NH) Public Library.

Kyle Potvin. Kyle Potvin’s chapbook, Sound Travels on Water (Finishing Line Press), won the Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award. She is a two-time finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award.

Scott T Hutchison. Scott T. Hutchison of Gilford, NH is the author of two books of poetry, most recently Moonshine Narratives (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2019).

Jessica Purdy. Jessica Purdy holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Her books STARLAND and Sleep in a Strange House were both released by Nixes Mate Books in 2017 and 2018.

Andrew Periale. Andrew Periale is a Poet-Playwright-Puppeteer-Polyglot from New Hampshire. He is a member of City Hall Poets and the former Poet Laureate of Rochester.

James Fowler. Retired Navy, James Fowler lives in Charlestown, NH. Widely published in 2014, Hobble Press published "Falling Ashes" as vol VII in the Granite State Poetry Series.

LR Berger. LR Berger's collection, The Unexpected Aviary received the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poems, and support from National Endowment of the Arts, NH State Council of the Arts and the American Academy in Rome.

Gary Rainford. Author of Salty Liquor and Liner Notes, Gary Rainford lives year-round on Swan's Island with his wife and daughter.  Gary's third book in progress, Seven Springs, is a novel in verse about his mother's Alzheimer's desease, a journey of expression, identity, and complete loss. 

Mary Anker. Mostly a storyteller through many means and trying, like Donald Hall, to possess the past while staying in the present.  Feel lucky to be writing and reading poetry these days.

Clemens Schoenebeck. Clemens Schoenebeck is a resident of Swampscott, MA. Encircle Publications' recent release of his poetry book, Where the Time Went: Poems at Eighty, has made it all worthwhile.

Encircle Publications will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to honor Hall's late wife, the poet Jane Kenyon.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
Except for Love: New England Poets Inspired by Donald Hall Cover Image
By Cynthia Brackett-Vincent (Editor), Wesley McNair (Introduction By)
ISBN: 9781645990000
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Encircle Publications - June 23rd, 2019

Thirty-five contemporary New England poets share their poems inspired by literary giant Donald Hall (1928–2018), former Poet Laureate of New Hampshire and of the United States. Sherry Barker Abaldo Mary Anker L.R.