Wednesday, July 15th, 2015, 7 PM
The Poetry Society of New Hampshire meets at Gibson's Bookstore once a month (usually the third Wednesday). This month's headliners are Carol Westberg and Martha Carlson-Bradley. An open mic follows their readings (arrive early to ensure a spot on the sign-up sheet). All are welcome, newcomers are encouraged!
Carol Westberg’s Terra Infirma was a finalist for the 2014 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Her first book, Slipstream, was a finalist for the 2011 New Hampshire Literary Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry, and “Map of Uncertain Soundings,” within that collection, was a finalist for the Ruth Stone Prize. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Hunger Mountain, Salamander, CALYX, North American Review, and other journals, and she has read at the Canaan Meetinghouse Reading Series, the Norwich Bookstore, and many other venues. Carol earned a BA from Duke, an MA in Teaching from Stanford, and an MFA in Poetry at Vermont College. The parent of two grown daughters, she lives in Hanover, New Hampshire with her husband and consults in communications.
Martha Carlson-Bradley is the author of several collections of poetry, including Sea Called Fruitfulness (WordTech Editions, 2013), If I Take You Here (Adastra Press, 2011), and Season We Can’t Resist (WordTech Editions, 2007). Her poems have been published in such literary magazines as New England Review, Salamander, Carolina Quarterly, LA Review, and Zone 3, and in anthologies.). Her awards include the Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
“ ‘What interests me most about a work of art is the artist’s quality of mind,’ said Henry James famously. Add heart and spirit and engaging intersecting stories and you get what interests me most about Martha Carlson-Bradley’s Sea Called Fruitfulness. What she teases out of the lives and life’s work of two seventeenth-century Jesuit astronomers creates the character of the writer of this book that is itself a kind of moon map in which we vividly see our own very human faces. This picture is also a wonder, because Martha Carlson-Bradley draws it so well.” — Michael Ryan