2017 Hyla Brook Reading Series
Join a community of poets and poetry lovers who gather in the intimate setting of Robert Frost's barn to hear nationally-acclaimed poets read their work. Except for June, readings begin Thursdays at 6:30pm, include a reading by a Hyla Brook poet before the featured reader and are followed by an open mic. All readings are free and open to the public. For easy reminders, click the icons at bottom of the page and follow us on social media.
Daniel Brown - Thursday, May 18, 6:30pm
Daniel Brown’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Partisan Review, PN Review, Parnassus, The New Criterion and other journals, as well as a number of anthologies including Poetry 180 (ed. Billy Collins) and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poetry (ed. David Yezzi). His work has been awarded a Pushcart prize, and his collection Taking the Occasion won the New Criterion Poetry Prize. A new collection, What More?, is out from Orchises Press. Brown’s criticism has appeared in The Harvard Book Review, Parnassus, Contemporary Poetry Review, Partisan Magazine, and The New Critierion. His Why Bach? is an online appreciation of the composer. Brown studied musical composition and musicology at Cornell University, holds a Masters in Musicology from Cornell, and taught music history and theory at Cornell and Dartmouth College. He lives in Baldwin, New York.
Frost Farm Poetry Conference Keynote Speaker Rhina Espaillat
& Frost Farm Prize Winner (TBA)- Friday, June 16, 7pm
Dominican-born and bilingual, and a former high school English teacher in NYC, Rhina P. Espaillat writes poetry, essays and short stories in both English and Spanish, and translates in both directions. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and some fifty anthologies. She was a founding member of two long-lived, active poetry workshops: NYC's Fresh Meadows Poets, and the Powow River Poets in Newburyport, MA, and has served on the faculty of the yearly West Chester Poetry Conference.
David R. Surette - Thursday, July 13, 6:30pm
David R. Surette’s new book of poetry is Stable which earned an Honors Award at this year’s Massachusetts Book Awards. He is the author of four other collections: Wicked Hard, The Immaculate Conception Mothers‘ Club, Young Gentlemen’s School and Easy to Keep, Hard to Keep In which earned Highly Recommended status at the 8th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards. He teaches English and coaches varsity hockey at East Bridgewater High School. He lives on Cape Cod.
Jenna Le - Thursday, August 10, 6:30pm
Jenna Le is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Six Rivers (NYQ Books, 2011) and A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora (Anchor & Plume Press, 2016). Born to Vietnamese immigrant parents in Minnesota, she now lives and works as a physician in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Her poems have appeared in AGNI Online, Bellevue Literary Review, The Best of the Raintown Review, The Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, and The Village Voice. Her website is jennalewriting.com.
Meredith Bergmann- Thursday, September 14, 6:30pm
Meredith Bergmann is a sculptor. Her public monuments can be seen in Boston and New York, and she is currently creating the FDR Hope Memorial for Roosevelt Island, NYC. Her poetry and criticism have appeared in many journals, including Barrow Street, Contemporary Poetry Review, Hudson Review, Light, Mezzo Cammin, The New Criterion, The Raintown Review, The Same, The Tri Quarterly Review and the anthology Hot Sonnets. Her sonnets have won honorable mentions from the Frost Farm Poetry Prize in 2013 and 2015. Her chapbook “A Special Education” was recently published by EXOT Books.