Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022
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Todd Hearon & Matt Miller

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Todd Hearon
Crows in Eden

Todd Hearon was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Todd Hearon earned a B.A. in English from Baylor University before going on to earn an M.A. in Irish studies from Boston College and a Ph.D. in editorial studies from Boston University. He lives in Exeter, New Hampshire, where he teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Hearon’s books of poetry include his new collection, Crows in Eden, No Other Gods (2015), and Strange Land (2010), which was selected by former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey as winner of the Crab Orchard Poetry Series Open Competition. 

He also is the author of several plays and the novella Do Geese See God in addition to being an award-winning songwriter, having recently released his first full-length solo album, Border Radio.

Matt Miller
Tender The River

Matt Miller was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts. He is the author of Tender the River, The Wounded for the Water, Club Icarus, selected by Major Jackson as the 2012 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize winner, and Cameo Diner: Poems. 

He has published work previously in Slate, Harvard Review, Notre Dame Review, Southwest Review, Southeast Review, Florida Review, Third Coast, The Rumpus, Poetry Daily, and other journals. He was a winner of the 2019 Nimrod International Review’s  Pablo Neruda Prize, the 2015 River Styx Micro-Beer, Micro-fiction Prize and Iron Horse Review's 2015 Trifecta Poetry Prize.   

He has taught creative writing and literature at Stanford University, University of Massachusetts Lowell, New England College, Harvard Extension and the Concord State Prison for Men. Miller teaches English and coaches football at Phillips Exeter Academy where he also co-directs the Writers’ Workshop at Exeter.

 He lives in New Hampshire with his wife Emily Meehan and their children Delaney and Joseph.


Todd Hearon’s Crows in Eden is an unflinching look at America’s long history of white terrorism and racial expulsion, told by one who knows southern white culture from the inside. Whether he is uncovering the buried sins of Eden, Tennessee, or documenting the banished black community of Malaga Island, Maine, Todd Hearon seeks no less than to reveal, at last, ‘a history never written down.’ By turns brutally honest and poignantly elegiac, these poems are a vital contribution to the real history of home.” — Patrick Phillips, author of Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America

In Tender the River, Matt Miller captures the history and legacy of the Merrimack River Valley, from the Pennacook, Wamesit, Algonquin, and other indigenous tribes who settled there first, to the European settlers who came with guns and their god to supplant them, to being the birthplace of America’s industrial revolution and first labor movements, to becoming a center of continued immigration, of entrenched nativism, and even multicultural celebration. 

The Merrimack River begins with the confluence of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee rivers spilling from the White Mountains in New Hampshire, then travels down through mill towns like Manchester, Lowell, and Haverhill to finally spit out violently into the Atlantic in the old port (now posh) town of Newburyport. In its journey between those points and as well across the centuries, the Merrimack River Valley has been America in microcosm, many of the nation’s democratic successes and demagogic sins being seeded there.


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