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Poetry Fest (Burlington)
04/10/2014 7:00 pm
Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month with Leland Kinsey, Daniel Lusk, Kerrin McCadden, and Angela Patten!
Leland Kinsey was born and raised on a farm in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, where his ancestors settled in the early 1800s. He has conducted writing workshops for the Vermont Arts Council and the Children's Literacy Foundation at over 100 schools in New Hampshire and Vermont. Since receiving his M.A., Leland has worked as a farmhand, printer, and horse trainer and has taught courses at Elderhostel in writing, birding, astronomy and canoeing. He has published six collections of poetry, including In the Rain Shadow (University Press of New England, 2004) Sledding on Hospital Hill (Godine, 2003) and The Immigrant's Contract. Winter Ready will be released in March 2014 by Green Writers Press. He lives near the Canadian border with his wife and three children.
Daniel Lusk is an award-winning poet and a Senior Lecturer of English Emeritus at the University of Vermont. He is author of Kin (Wind Ridge, 2013), Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain (Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 2011) and Kissing the Ground: New & Selected Poems (Onion River, 1999). Since leaving his native Iowa, he has worked as a preacher, sportswriter, ranch hand, jazz singer, itinerant poet, free-lance writer, NPR commentator, teacher, and university administrator. His poetry has been among finalists in national and international competitions and has received many awards, including the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. His weekly reviews and commentaries on books have been broadcast by 160 affiliate stations of National Public Radio (NPR), and have appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Chicago Sun-Times. He has been awarded grants and literary fellowships from the Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Arts Endowment and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, as well as residencies at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony.
Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, winner of the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize, judged by David St. John. A 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Poetry, she has also received support from The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund, The Sustainable Arts Foundation and The Vermont Studio Center. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, American Poetry Review, Rattle, Green Mountains Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hunger Mountain and elsewhere. Soon to earn her MFA from Warren Wilson College, she teaches English and Creative Writing at Montpelier High School and lives in nearby Plainfield with her family.
Angela Patten is author of a prose memoir entitled High Tea at a Low Table: Stories from an Irish Childhood (Wind Ridge Books of Vermont, 2013) and two poetry collections, Reliquaries (2007) and Still Listening (1999), both published by Salmon Poetry, Ireland. Her poems have appeared in anthologiesthat include CudovistaUsta (Marvellous Mouth), DrustvoApokalipsa(Slovenia); The White Page/An BhileogBhan: Twentieth-Century Irish Women Poets; and The Breath of Parted Lips II. Her work has also been published in literary journals such as Poetry Ireland, CalyxJournal, The Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, and Michigan Quarterly Review. In 2012 she was Visiting Poet at The Frost Place Conference on Poetry & Teaching in New Hampshire, and in 2007 she was Poet-in-Residence at Stranmillis University College-Queens in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Angela has been awarded grants for poetry from the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Arts Endowment. A native of Dublin, Ireland, she now lives in Burlington, Vermont, with her husband, poet Daniel Lusk. She teaches poetry and creative writing at the University of Vermont.
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