Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022
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Bridges & Juxtapositions— Meg Kearney & Steven Cramer

Epsilon Spires 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301

Meg Kearney
All Morning the Crows

Meg Kearney is the author of All Morning the Crows, winner of the Washington Prize,  An Unkindness of Ravens and Home By Now, winner of the 2010 PEN New England L.L. Winship Award, as well as a heroic crown published as a chapbook titled The Ice Storm, a trilogy of novels in verse for teens, and the picture book Trouper

She directs the Solstice MFA Program in Massachusetts.

Steven Cramer

Steven Cramer is the author of six poetry collections, including The Eye that Desires to Look Upward; The World Book; Dialogue for the Left and Right Hand; Goodbye to the Orchard, which won the 2005 Sheila Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club, and was named a 2005 Honor Book in Poetry by the Massachusetts Center for the Book; Clangings and his latest book, Listen,  published in 2020. 

Steven’s poems and criticism have appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Partisan Review, Poetry, and Triquarterly; as well as in The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poets and The POETRY Anthology, 1912–2002

Steven has taught literature and writing at Bennington College, Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University. He founded and currently teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge

In All Morning the Crows, Meg Kearney draws on her acute powers of observation, a lively curiosity and her gift for gorgeous imagery to take us on a journey of personal exploration, discovery, and reconciliation. These surprising poems bring together the parallel but discreet worlds of human beings and birds, which talk to each other across the gulf between them. 

Steven Cramer’s Listen generates scores of illuminating juxtapositions: the privacy of a son’s shower-aria and the public lies spewed by the demagogue; what Martin Luther, The Thinker, and Charmin have in common; Renaissance garb—the stomacher, pincnets—wrapped in a headline announcing the moon-landing, to name just a few.

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