Poetry Fest (Burlington)

Event date: 
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 7:00pm

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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191 Bank Street
05401 Burlington
Winter Ready: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989983846
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Published: Green Writers Press - May 12th, 2014

Winter Ready is a 96-page collection of new poems by a Vermont-based writer who draws from his impressive repertoire of observations and physical landscape of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont to bring to the reader poems with universal meaning and at times a painful acuity. Kinsey opens the collection perched up high on the chimney top, working and observing his surroundings, and throughout the book, he never really gets down-he chronicles a people and a place and a time-and keeps the hard work of writing poetry hidden in the seeming effortless verse that is often funny and poignant, yet always sharp and clear. In this new collection by a renowned Vermont poet, the setting is the same, but the voice rings true to the people and the land they inhabit, always respectful of the native peoples who came before and the awesome power of a glacier that carved a path in its wake. These poems evoke a fully realized view of the world the poet inhabits, an awareness of labor and its changing nature. The book moves through poem after glowing poem, evoking natural history, flora and fauna, with a place-based and focused attention.

Kin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781935922278
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Published: Wind Ridge Books - July 26th, 2013

The poems in this new collection by Daniel Lusk have been inspired in large part by the wildlife he encountered while living at the edge of wilderness in northern Vermont. Lusk sings of nature's wild kingdom - animal, anima, animus - in which humans, animals, earth and its heavens are related in a marriage royal and holy: the porcupine in quill robe, the moose in his crown, birds whose songs can heal, moss rocks and wet caves, midnight caterwauls, and hemlock shadows. "Without bears, bats, or fire," he asks, "What is there to worship?" Kin has been a finalist for the Tupelo Press Dorset and Snowbound Awards, the Sarabande Press Morton Prize, and White Pine Press Book Award. Many of the individual poems in this collection were first published in national journals, among them Appalachia, The Iowa Review, New Letters, Nimrod International Journal, North American Review, and The Southern Review.

High Tea at a Low Table, Stories from an Irish Childhood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781935922285
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Published: Wind Ridge Books - July 19th, 2013

Irish born and Vermont settled poet Angela Patten turns her lyrical skills to this story-telling memoir of growing up in horse-and-cart Dublin, striving to find her own voice amid the insistent clamor of family and clergy. She was a child in the 50s when Irish milmen still rode bicycles, ladled loose mil from a tilley-can, and telling stories was both entertainment and sustenance. She broke away from home and the authoritarian rule of the Catholic Church as she came of age in the 60s and an unruly future on American soil beckoned.

Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936970261
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Published: New Issues Press - March 24th, 2014

Winner of the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize. "Kerrin
McCaddens Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes is one of the most
compelling and powerful debut collections in recent American poetry.
These exquisite meditations on the lived life are often nothing less
than stunning, and are at times truly devastating. This gorgeous
collection is both mature and tender in its reckonings of our shifting
relationships with family and loved ones. Kerrin McCadden is especially
accomplished in considering those whove engaged in constructions of
daily happiness only to discover that what theyd begun in dream has
ended in quiet wreckage. Poem by poem, we are consoled by the poets
remarkable reflective ease and her profound intimacy. The beauty of
these poems is matched only by their sense of triumph in resilience, and
its resulting peace." David St. John

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