The Millay Arts and Poetry Festival is a three day series of 35 events and performances, featuring more than 80 performers, authors, presenters, poets, actors, musicians, and visual artists. It is a celebration of the art and legacy of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Individual event tickets are now on sale for the 2017 festival, happening over September 7th, 8th, and 9th in Rockland, Maine. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://millayhouserockland.org/.
Becoming Iconic: August 19th, 11:00AM-3:30PM at Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic site. Join the Stewards of the Future for fun, games, poetry, park design, and free food. All while learning about local American icons. There will be a poetry reading at 2PM by two local poets Carmellite Chamblin and Donald Vincent (Mr. Hip).
Please join us for the Golden Rose Reading and Reception this Sunday, August 13th, 3 pm, Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site Poet Marilyn Nelson is this year’s recipient of the Golden Rose Award in recognition of her wide-ranging contributions to American poetry and her inspirational teaching. The public is invited to join the celebration of Marilyn Nelson and to hear her read her work.
Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of over twenty-four books, including collections for children and young adults. Her work uses storytelling and lyricism to probe the complexity of history, especially the history of racism and slavery in America, and to give voice to praise, wonder, grief, and contemplation. Along with the Golden Rose, Nelson’s honors include the PEN Book Award, the Lenore Marshall Award, the Poetry Society of America’s Frost Medal and others. Nelson is a professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut and the founder of Soul Mountain Retreat, a writing retreat to support the work of African-American poets. In 2009 she was a faculty member of U-Mass Boston’s Writer’s Workshop at the Joiner Center. Her website: http://marilyn-nelson.com
The Golden Rose, one of America’s oldest literary prizes, is an annual award, inaugurated in 1919, to honor a poet whose work and encouragement of other writers has made a significant mark on American poetry. Winners have included Adrienne Rich, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Fanny Howe who was honored in 2016.
Congratulations to the winners! Many thanks to the judges! Results here: http://www.nepoetryclub.org/contests/2017-contest-information/
Thanks, too, to all who submitted their work for consideration–please be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s contests which will open in April 2018.
Danielle Legros Georges, Boston Poet Laureate, and Alan Smith Soto, Boston University Poet and Professor of Romance LanguagesAlan Smith Soto, Hilary Sallick (NEPC Board Member), and Daniel WuenschelAlan Smith Soto and Danielle Legros Georges
Danielle Legros Georges, Boston Poet Laureate, and Alan Smith Soto, poet, translator, editor, share their work and that of other immigrant and refugee poets, giving voice to the contributions such poets have made to the U.S. literary landscape.
Danielle Legros Georges, the current Poet Laureate of the City of Boston, is a professor in the Creative Arts in Learning Division of Lesley University. She also teaches in the Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences summer Writer’s Workshop, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her poems have been widely anthologized, and recent essays of hers have appeared in Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America (ed. Abayomi Animashaun) and Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond (eds. Kendahl Radcliffe and Jennifer Scott). She is the author of two books of poems, Maroon and The Dear Remote Nearness of You, the chapbook Letters from Congo, and editor of City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems.
Alan Smith Soto is the Associate Chair of Romance Studies and Professor of Spanish at Boston University. His teaching and research interests include Galdós, Lorca, contemporary Spanish poetry, Cervantes, César Vallejo, and the theory of aesthetics in literature and the plastic arts. His poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies around the globe. His book of poems, Fragmentos de alcancía, was published in 1998, with the support of the Consulate of Spain in Boston. His second book of poetry, Libro del lago was published in Madrid, in 2014 by Árdora Ediciones. He was guest editor and translator of Spain’s Poetry of Conscience, a special issue of International Poetry Review (Spring, 2006). Professor Smith has received a Fulbright Scholarship and a Whiting Fellowship.
NEPC member Scott Ruescher has a brand new book of poetry–“Waiting for the Light to Change” is out now and published by Prolific Press. Please see prolificpress.com to read more about and order Scott’s new book!