2019 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.
Nausheen Eusuf - Thursday, May 16, 6:30pm
Nausheen Eusuf is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Boston University, and a graduate of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. Her poetry has appeared in The American Scholar, Poetry Daily, PN Review, Salmagundi, World Literature Today, and Best American Poetry 2018. Her first full-length collection Not Elegy, But Eros was published by NYQ Books (US) and Bengal Lights Books (Bangladesh).
Frost Farm Poetry Conference Keynote Speaker Bruce Bennett
& Frost Farm Prize Winner, David Southward - Friday, June 14, 7pm
Bruce Bennett is the author of ten full-length collections of poetry and more than thirty poetry chapbooks. His most recent book is Just Another Day in Just Our Town Poems: New And Selected, 2000-2016 (Orchises Press, 2017). Bennett co-founded and served as an editor of both Field: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics and Ploughshares. A 2012 Pushcart Prize winner, Bennett is Professor Emeritus of English at Wells College where he serves as Director of Wells College Press.
David Southward grew up in southwest Florida and earned degrees in English from Northwestern University (BA ’90) and Yale (PhD ’97). Since 1998 he has taught literature, film, and comics in the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His sonnet sequence Apocrypha (Wipf & Stock 2018) reimagines Gospel narratives from a humanistic perspective; a full collection, Bachelor’s Buttons, is forthcoming from Kelsay Books (April 2020). His work has appeared in Light, The Lyric, Measure, POEM, and other journals, as well as the anthologies Van Gogh Dreams and Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle. In 2017 he was awarded the Lorine Niedecker Prize from the Council for Wisconsin Writers (selected by Tyehimba Jess) and the Muse Prize from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (selected by Mark Doty). In his spare time David enjoys cooking, gardening, and traveling with his husband, Geoff. To read more of his work, visit davidsouthward.com.
Rachael Hadas - Thursday, July 11, 6:30pm
Rachel Hadas is the author of many books of poetry, essays, and translations. Her most recent collection is Poems for Camilla, published in 2018; in the same year her verse translations of Euripides' two Iphigenia plays were published. The recipient of awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry and the O.B. Harrison Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library, Hadas is Board of Governors Professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, where she has taught for many years.
Rodger Martin - Thursday, August 8, 6:30pm
Rodger Martin is a recipient of an Appalachia poetry award and fellowships from N.H. State Council on the Arts Fiction and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His works include The Battlefield Guide (Hobblebush) and The Blue Moon Series (Hobblebush). For All The Tea in Zhōngguó is scheduled for release in 2019 in English and Chinese. Martin, who has read and lectured on poetry in China, is co-editor for The Granite State Poetry Series and teaches journalism at Keene State College.
Patrick Donnelly- Thursday, September 12, 6:30pm
Patrick Donnelly is the author of four books of poetry, Little-Known Operas (Four Way Books, 2019), Jesus Said (a chapbook from Orison Books, 2017), Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin (Four Way Books, 2012, a Lambda Literary Award finalist), and The Charge (Ausable Press, 2003, since 2009 part of Copper Canyon Press). The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Donnelly is director of the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place in Franconia, N.H.