Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire meets at Gibson's Bookstore most months for a poetry performance and an open mic! The headliners this month are a husband and wife team of Maggie Dietz and Todd Hearon, with guitar accompaniment. An open mic follows their performance.
The Poetry Society meetings are free and open to the public! All are welcome, newcomers are encouraged. Come to listen, or come to participate.
About the artists:
Todd Hearon is the author of several poetry collections, including Strange Land (2010) which was selected by poet Natasha Trethewey as a winner of the Crab Orchard Poetry Series in Poetry Open Competition Award. Hearon is the recipient of a PEN New England Discovery Award and a Friends of Literature Prize from Poetry magazine. His second collection of poems, No Other Gods (Salmon Poetry, 2015), was a finalist for the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award, the May Swenson Poetry Award, and the Vassar Miller Poetry Prize. His poetry has been anthologized in Best New Poets 2007. Hearon has also received the Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin. While at Boston University, Hearon co-founded the Bridge Theatre Company, a troupe dedicated to classical and contemporary verse drama. Active as both actor and director, Hearon has won the Paul Green Playwrights Prize.
Poet and editor Maggie Dietz earned a BA at Northwestern University and an MA in creative writing at Boston University. Dietz’s debut collection of poems, Perennial Fall (2006), won a Jane Kenyon Award and a Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award. From 2004 to 2012, Dietz served as assistant poetry editor for Slate. She has also served as director of the Favorite Poem Project, founded by Robert Pinsky during his terms as US poet laureate. With Pinsky, she coedited the anthologies Americans’ Favorite Poems (1999), Poems to Read (2002), and An Invitation to Poetry (2004). Dietz is the recipient of a Grolier Poetry Prize, a George Bennett Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy, and fellowships from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Dietz has taught at Boston University and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
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