Wednesday, August 17th, 2022, 4:30 pm - 6pm
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire is back! Visit Gibson's Bookstore from 4:30 - 6pm as we step back into verse! We're starting the evening with a reading from poet Jennifer Jean, followed by a poetry open mic. Bring your favorite poem to read, or something you've been working on, or come with appreciative ears to listen! Tell a friend, as we seek to regrow our poetry community meetings in New Hampshire and at Gibson's.
Jennifer Jean's forthcoming poetry collection is VOZ (Lily Books). Other collections include The Fool (Big Table), and Object Lesson (Lily Books) which explores sex-trafficking and objectification in America. She's also released the teaching resource Object Lesson: a Guide to Writing Poetry (Lily Books). Her poetry, prose, and co-translations have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Rattle, The Common, On the Seawall, Waxwing, Terrain, and as an Academy of American Poets “Poem-a-Day.” She's been awarded fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Disquiet/Dzanc Books, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council; as well, she received an Ambassador for Peace Award from the Women's Federation for World Peace. Jennifer curates and hosts the popular Wilder Words reading series, and she edits poetry for Talking Writing and translations for Consequence Forum. As an arts administrator, she's an organizer for the Her Story Is collective which fosters collaborations between Iraqi and American women artists and she's the program manager of 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center's online writing program.
All are welcome, newcomers are encouraged. This event is free and open to the public.
Masks are strongly encouraged but no longer required for vaccinated attendees. We can’t predict the future course of the pandemic, so Gibson’s reserves the right to institute masking and/or vaccination rules for this event as circumstances dictate.
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"We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake," said Fredrick Douglas about the abolitionist movement in 1852. Jennifer Jean's latest collection Object Lesson answers this call to action as it explores sex-trafficking and objectification in twenty-first century America.
"The Fool takes us to this basic truth: that when we feel most unloved and unlovable, we enter the space of endings and beginnings, the space where we must decide whether or not to believe. This collection of poetry is thus an article of faith, poems that dare us-in unflinching terms-to believe.