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An Evening of Poetry with April Ossmann and Cynthia Huntington

Event date: 
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 6:30pm

Join April Ossmann and Cynthia Huntington for a poetry reading at Phoenix Books Rutland.


Event Boundaries considers ways our relationships and growth as individuals are interdependent, whether it's possible to consider any relationship (including with ourselves) independent of the culture and environment it exists in; whether we create our culture and environment in part through the way we enact our relationships, to what degree reality is objective or a matter of perception, and how we come to terms with our and others' mortality.

April Ossmann is author of Event Boundaries (Four Way Books, 2017), and Anxious Music (Four Way Books, 2007), and recipient of a 2013 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant. She has published her poems widely, and is an editing and publishing consultant (, and a faculty editor for the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College. She was executive director of Alice James Books from 2000 – 2008, and lives in West Windsor, VT.


In Terra Nova, a bold and ambitious book-length poem, National Book Award finalist Cynthia Huntington explores exile and migration--what it means to lose, seek, and find home in all its iterations--through a polyphonic work, written in multiple voices and evoking the method of Hart Crane's The Bridge or the Nighttown episode in James Joyce's Ulysses. Yet it is also a tough and vernacular work, owing as much to Patti Smith and the Clash as it does to High Modernism.

Cynthia Huntington holds the Frederick Sessions Beebe in Writing at Dartmouth, where she has taught English and Creative Writing since 1988. A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, she has published six books of poetry as well as a prose memoir. Her most recent publication, a polyphonic book-length poem titled Terra Nova, (Southern Illinois University Press 2017) focuses on exile and migration through western history. Her 2012 collection, Heavenly Bodies, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry


DATE:  Thursday, May 31st at 6:30pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

Event address: 
2 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701