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Telling Stories With Poetry

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Vijay Seshadri
That Was Now, This Is Then

Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India, and came to America as a small child. He is the author of four collections of poems: 3 Sections, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; The Long Meadow, winner of the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets; Wild Kingdom and his newest collection, That Was Now, This Is Then.  He is currently the Myers Professor of Writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Saturday, Oct 16, 1:00-2:00 - Register for Telling Stories With Poetry

Sunday, Oct 17, 2:30-3:30- Panel- Register for Are We Having a Moment? Writing poetry in the time of the pandemic and poetry’s resurgence in the culture

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Kerrin McCadden
American Wake

Kerrin McCadden is the author of American Wake. Her debut, Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, won the inaugural Vermont Book Award in 2015, and her chapbook Keep This To Yourself was awarded the 2018 Button Poetry Prize.A recent National Endowment for the Arts fellowship awardee, McCadden’s poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, and others. 

McCadden teaches at Montpelier High School, serves as the Associate Director of the Conference on Poetry and Teaching at The Frost Place, and is associate poetry editor at Persea Books. She lives with her family in Vermont.


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In his fourth collection, That Was Now, This Is Then: Poems, Vijay Seshadri affirms his place as one of America’s greatest living poets. The essence of Seshadri’s writing is conversation and he is fluent in an unusually wide range of forms — he ranges here from rhymed quatrains to fat blocks of prose — and his voice is typically chatty.

A New England poet equally at home in Ireland, Kerrin McCadden explores family, death and grief, apologies, and all manner of departures in her new collection American Wake. An “American wake” is what the Irish call a farewell to those emigrating to the United States. This collection by a writer of extraordinary gifts will appeal to readers who believe in the potential of carefully hewn words to unveil our world and our deepest feelings to ourselves.