Robert Frost Farm
Hyla Brook Poets
The Hyla Brook Reading Series started in March 2009. Since then, we have been honored to host a wonderful group of readers including Sharon Olds, Linda Pastan, David Ferry, Maxine Kumin, Richard Blanco and many more established and emerging poets. The Hyla Brook Reading Series events take place monthly, May through September, in the intimate space of Robert Frost's barn from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Each reading also features a Hyla Brook Poet and is followed by an Open Mic. Readings are free and open to the public. Join us for an amazing evening of poetry in an inspirational setting.
Programs are made possible by grants from the New Hampshire Humanities Council and are sponsored by the Division of Parks and Recreation, the Robert Frost Homestead Trustees, and the Friends of the Robert Frost Farm.
The Frost Farm, a national historic landmark, is located on NH Route 28, 1¾ miles south of the traffic circle in Derry, NH.
For more information, call (603) 432-3091.
Programs are free (except appraisals) and open to the public
Frost Farm’s 2016 Season Features
Hyla Brook Reading Series and Annual Poetry Conference
DERRY, NH, April 18, 2016 – The Robert Frost Farm offers exceptional opportunities to poetry lovers and learners during its 2016 season.
The Hyla Brook Reading Series, now in its 8th season, kicks off on Thursday, May 19, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm with poet Anton Yakovlev. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Yakovlev lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey and works as a college textbook editor. He studied filmmaking and poetry at Harvard University. His work is published or forthcoming in The New Yorker, Fulcrum, American Arts Quarterly, Measure, The Raintown Review, The New Verse News and elsewhere. He is the author of two chapbooks.
Additionally, Chester resident and Hyla Brook Poet Midge Goldberg will read from her new collection, Snowman’s Code, winner of the 2015 Richard Wilbur Award, and other work.
The event launches this year's series of nationally acclaimed poets reading in the intimate setting of Robert Frost’s barn. The season also features appearances by Timothy Steele (June 17), New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice Fogel (July 14), Melissa Balmain (Aug. 11), and Johnny Longfellow (Sept. 8).
The series, held in the Frost Farm located at 122 Rockingham Rd (Rt 28), is free and open to the public. An Open Mic follows the readings and all audience members are invited to share their work.
The June reading highlights the winner of the Annual Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry, and is the kick off event for the 2nd Annual Frost Farm Poetry Conference on June 17-19, 2016.
Founded in 2015, the conference provides two days of intense instruction by award-wining poets Timothy Steele, Midge Goldberg, A.M. Juster, Deborah Warren, and Alfred Nicol. The instructors will immerse participants in the art and craft of formal poetry writing, valuable skills for both free verse poets and formalists. Through generous support, this special weekend has been modestly priced for all participants.
Starting in May, the Hyla Brook Poets’ monthly writing workshop will meet on the third Saturday of the month at 10am at its summer home at the Frost Farm.
The 2016 Hyla Brook Reading Series Features:
Anton Yakovlev, Featured Reader, May 19, 6:30pm
Originally from Moscow, Russia, Anton Yakovlev lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey and works as a college textbook editor. He studied filmmaking and poetry at Harvard University. His work is published or forthcoming in The New Yorker, Fulcrum, American Arts Quarterly, Measure, The Raintown Review, The New Verse News and elsewhere. He is the author of chapbooks Neptune Court (The Operating System, 2015) and The Ghost of Grant Wood (Finishing Line Press, 2015). Yakovlev co-hosts the Carmine Street Metrics reading series in New York City. He has also directed several short films.
Timothy Steele, Featured Reader, June 17, 7pm along with the Frost Farm Prize Winner James Najarian
Since the early 1970s, Timothy Steele has written, discussed, and taught poetry, and in all three activities, he has contributed to renewing and sustaining interest in traditional poetic craft. His books of poems include Uncertainties and Rest (1979), Sapphics Against Anger and Other Poems (1986), The Color Wheel (1994), and Toward the Winter Solstice (2006). His literary criticism appears in Missing Measures (1990) and All the Fun’s in How You Say a Thing (1999). He has also edited The Poems of J. V. Cunningham (1997) and has published essays on various topics, including two on Robert Frost. Among Steele’s honors are a Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing from Stanford University, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the Los Angeles PEN Center’s Literary Award for Poetry.
Alice B. Fogel, Featured Reader, July 14, 6:30pm
Alice B. Fogel is NH’s poet laureate. Her newest poetry collection, Interval: Poems Based on Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature. Her third book, Be That Empty, was a national poetry bestseller, and she is also the author of the guide for readers and teachers, Strange Terrain, on how to appreciate poetry without necessarily “getting” it. She lives in Walpole, NH.
Melissa Balmain, Featured Reader, August 11, 6:30pm
Melissa Balmain is the Editor of Light, America's premier journal of comic verse. She teaches humor writing, poetry writing, and journalism at the University of Rochester. Though she has received the Able Muse Book Award and twice been a finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, some of her favorite prizes are Abe Lincoln bobbleheads, salt and pepper shakers that look like outhouses, and other classy items she has won in the Style Invitational, The Washington Post’s weekly humor contest. Her poems have appeared in such places as American Arts Quarterly, American Life in Poetry, Lighten Up Online, Measure, Mezzo Cammin, Poetry Daily, and The Spectator (UK); her prose in The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and Success. Her poetry collection Walking In on People (Able Muse Press), is often assumed by online shoppers to be some kind of porn.
Johnny Longfellow, Featured Reader, September 8, 6:30pm
Johnny Longfellow has served for 20 years as a mentor to Newburport, MA high school students through the Poetry Soup reading program. The editor of BAD ACID LABORATORIES, INC., his own poetry has appeared in journals devoted to formal verse, such as The Barefoot Muse, The Road Not Taken, and The Rotary Dial, and in other small-press publications such as The Five Two, Horror Sleaze Trash, The Literary Hatchet, Ppigpenn, and Stepping Stones Magazine.
DERRY, NH, May 5, 2015 – The Robert Frost Farm's 2015 Hyla Brook Reading Series season opens Thursday, May 21, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm with Chicago-based poet Jacquelyn Pope. Hyla Brook Poet Kyle Potvin of Derry will also read.
The event launches this year's exceptional series of nationally acclaimed poets reading in the intimate setting of Robert Frosts barn. The season also features appearances by poets Joshua Mehigan, Angela Alaimo O'Donnell, Maggie Dietz and Bill Coyle.
The series, held in the Frost Farm located at 122 Rockingham Rd (Rt. 28), is free and open to the public. An Open Mic follows the readings and all audience members are invited to share their work.
The June reading highlights the winner of the Annual Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry, and is the kick off event for the inaugural Poetry at the Frost Farm: Writing in Meter and Form Conference on June 12-14, 2015.
The 2015 Hyla Brook Reading Series Features:
Jacquelyn Pope, Featured Reader, Thursday, May 21, 2015
Jacquelyn Popes first collection of poems, Watermark, was selected by Marie Ponsot for the inaugural Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize and was published by Marsh Hawk Press in 2005. Her poems have appeared in journals including Poetry, The New Republic, Gulf Coast, FIELD, and Southern Review and have been featured on the Poetry Daily website. Her work has received the Jos Marti Prize and awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her translations of the work of Dutch and Afrikaans poets have been published in journals in the US and abroad; Hungerpots, her translation of the selected poems of Dutch poet Hester Knibbe, is forthcoming in October 2015. She is the recipient of a 2015 NEA Translation Fellowship and a 2012 PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant.
Joining Pope for this first reading is Hyla Brook Poet Kyle Potvin. Potvins poetry has appeared in The New York Times, Measure, The Huffington Post, JAMA, Blue Unicorn, Alimentum, and on BBCs World Update, among others. She was named a finalist for the 2008 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. Her first collection of poetry, Sound Travels on Water (Finishing Line Press), was co-winner of the New England Poetry Clubs 2014 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award.
Frost Farm Prize Winner with Judge Joshua Mehigan, Friday, June 12, 2015
The June reading traditionally features the winner of the Annual Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry, sponsored by the Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm and the Hyla Brook Poets. Judged by award-winning poet Joshua Mehigan, the winner will be announced in May.
Mehigans first book, The Optimist (Ohio UP), was a finalist for the 2004 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry and winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. In 2014, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published his second book, Accepting the Disaster, cited in the TLS, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere as a best book of the year. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation (2015) and the National Endowment for the Arts (2011).
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell, Featured Reader, Thursday, July 9, 2015
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell, a writer and professor, teaches English & Creative Writing at Fordham University and serves as Associate Director of Fordhams Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. She is also a regular columnist for America magazine. O'Donnell has published four collections of poems, Saint Sinatra (2011), Moving House (2009), Waking My Mother (2013), and Lovers Almanac, the latter just out in Spring of 2015. She has also published two chapbooks MINE (2007) and Waiting for Ecstasy (2009). Other titles include Mortal Blessings (2014), a memoir, and Flannery O'Connor: Fiction Fired by Faith, a brief biography and introduction to O'Connors work (May 2015).
Maggie Dietz, Featured Reader, Thursday, August 13, 2015
Maggie Dietz's book of poems Perennial Fall (University of Chicago Press) won New Hampshires 2007 Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry. For many years she directed the national Favorite Poem Project, and is coeditor, with Robert Pinsky, of three anthologies related to the project: Americans Favorite Poems, Poems to Read and An Invitation to Poetry (all published by W.W. Norton & Co.). Her poems appear widely in journals such as Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, Agni, and Salmagundi. She teaches in the creative writing concentration at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her new book That Kind of Happy is due out in April 2016.
Bill Coyle, Featured Reader, Thursday, September 10, 2015
Bill Coyle's poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies including the Hudson Review, The New Criterion, the New Republic, Poetry, and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets. His collection of poems, The God of This World to His Prophet, won the New Criterion Poetry Prize and was published in 2006. His translations from the Swedish have appeared in journals such as Modern Poetry in Translation, PN Review, Poetry and World Literature Today and he was awarded a translation fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently a doctoral student at Boston Universitys Editorial Institute.
Starting in May, the Hyla Brook Poets monthly writing workshop will meet on the third Saturday of the month at 10am at its summer home at the Frost Farm.
For further information, email Robert Crawford at email@example.com, facebook.com/HylaBrookPoets or twitter.com/HylaBrookPoets.
Frost Farm's 2014 Hyla Brook Reading Series
Opens With Poet Stephen Burt on May 15
DERRY, NH, April 24, 2014 – The Robert Frost Farm's 2014 Hyla Brook Reading Series season opens Thursday, May 15, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm with poet, literary critic and professor Stephen Burt. Hyla Brook Poet Stephen Scaer will also read.
The event launches this year's exceptional series of nationally acclaimed poets reading in the intimate setting of Robert Frost's barn. The season also features appearances by poets Joshua Mehigan, Kim Bridgford and Sydney Lea. The series is held in the Frost Farm located at 122 Rockingham Rd (Rt 28). An Open Mic follows the readings and all audience members are invited to share their work.
The 2014 Hyla Brook Reading Series Features:
Stephen Burt, Featured Reader, May 15, 2014
Stephen Burt, whom The New York Times called "one of the most influential poetry critics of his generation," is a professor and poet with eight published books including Close Calls with Nonsense (Graywolf Press, 2009), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Art of the Sonnet (Harvard University Press, 2010). His new book of poems, Belmont (Graywolf Press, 2013) was featured as one of NPR's "2013's Great Reads."
Joining Burt for this first reading is Hyla Brook Poet Stephen Scaer. Scaer, a former newspaper reporter and special education teacher at Pelham High School, is a recipient of the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. His poems have been published in Cricket, Highlights for Children, National Review, and First Things. This year Able Muse published his first collection of poems, Pumpkin Chucking.
Frost Farm Prize Winner
The Hyla Brook Reading Series Season continues on Thursday, June 12, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm with special double feature by the 4th Annual Frost Farm Prize Winner Rob Wright of Philadelphia and celebrated judge of the contest, Rhina Espaillat.
Wright's poem "Meetings With My Father" won the prestigious prize out of nearly 600 entries from around the world. The Frost Farm Prize – one of the only metrical poetry contests – is organized by the Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm and the Hyla Brook Poets. In addition to being a featured reader at The Hyla Brook Reading Series, Wright won $1,000 and his winning poem will be published in The Evansville Review.
Wright is an assistant fiction editor to the magazine Able Muse. He was awarded Fellowships in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 2005 and 2007, and was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His writing has been published by Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, Big City Lit, and Able Muse.
Joining Wright is award-winning poet and translator Rhina Espaillat, who judged the contest. Rhina P. Espaillat has published poems, essays, short stories and translations in numerous magazines and over sixty anthologies, in both English and her native Spanish, as well as three chapbooks and nine full-length books, including four in bilingual format. Her most recent honors are the May Sarton Award from the New England Poetry Club, a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from Salem State College, and an award in recognition of services to Dominican letters, from the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic.
Award-winning Poet Joshua Mehigan Featured at Frost Farm's
Hyla Brook Reading Series July 10
DERRY, NH, June 24, 2014 – The Robert Frost Farm's 2014 Hyla Brook Reading Series season continues Thursday, July 10, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm with award-winning poet Joshua Mehigan and Hyla Brook Poet Midge Goldberg.
The Reading Series, held in the Frost Farm located at 122 Rockingham Rd (Rt 28), is free and open to the public. An Open Mic follows the readings and all audience members are invited to share their work.
Mehigan's first book, The Optimist, was a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His poems have appeared in many periodicals, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Poetry, which awarded him its 2013 Levinson Prize. His second book is Accepting the Disaster, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in July 2014.
Joining Mehigan is Hyla Brook Poet Midge Goldberg. Goldberg's poems have appeared in Yankee, Measure, Light, Christian Science Monitor, and Northern Woodlands, among others. Garrison Keillor read one of her poems on A Writer's Almanac, and her work has been anthologized in Poetry Speaks: Who I Am, Hot Sonnets, and Rhyming Poems. Her first book, Flume Ride, was published in 2006. She lives in Chester, N.H., with her family.
Kim Bridgford, Featured Reader, August 14, 2014
Kim Bridgford is the director of the West Chester University Poetry Center and the West Chester University Poetry Conference, the largest all-poetry writing conference in the U.S. She is editor-in-chief of Mezzo Cammin and the author of eight books of poetry, including Bully Pulpit, Epiphanies, and the forthcoming Doll.
Sydney Lea, Featured Reader, September 11, 2014
Sydney Lea's ten books of poetry include I Was Thinking of Beauty (Four Way Books, 2013) and A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters and Wildlife (Skyhorse Publishing, 2013). A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Lea is Vermont's poet laureate and the recipient of Rockefeller, Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations fellowships.
Starting in May, the Hyla Brook Poets' monthly writing workshop will meet on the third Saturday of the month at 10am at its summer home at the Frost Farm. For further information, email Robert Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit facebook.com/HylaBrookPoets or https://twitter.com/HylaBrookPoets
Frost Farm Prize Winner
Reads at Hyla Brook Reading Series
Tennessee Poet Caki Wilkinson Appears June 13
DERRY, NH, June 4, 2013 – The Robert Frost Farm's 2013 Hyla Brook Reading Series Season continues on Thursday, June 13, 2013, 6:30-8:30pm with a special appearance by the Third Annual Frost Farm Prize Winner Caki Wilkinson of Sewanee, Tennessee. She will be joined by Hyla Brook Poet Bob Moore.
The Reading Series, held in the Frost Farm located at 122 Rockingham Rd (Rt 28), is free and open to the public. An Open Mic follows the readings and all audience members are invited to share their work.
Wilkinson's poem "Arts and Crafts" won the prestigious prize out of more than 500 entries from around the world. The Frost Farm Prize – one of the world's only metrical poetry contests – is organized by the Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm and the Hyla Brook Poets. In addition to being a featured reader at The Hyla Brook Reading Series, Wilkinson won $1,000 and her winning poem will be published in The Evansville Review.
Wilkinson is the author of the poetry collection Circles Where the Head Should Be, which won the 2010 Vassar Miller Prize. Her second collection, The Stone Museum, won the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award from Persea Books and is forthcoming in 2014. She's an assistant professor of English at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
Joining Wilkinson is Hyla Brook Poet Bob Moore who has released two poetry collections: A Bridge with a View (Little Rabbit Press, 1997) and Unexpected Colors (Beech River Books, 2009). He is host of the monthly First Friday Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter (FUUSE) and is editor of The Lit Fuuse, a biannual publication of poems, essays, and artwork. He is a science educator at Pelham (NH) High School.
Upcoming 2013 Hyla Brook Reading Series events include:
The Hyla Brook Poets' monthly writing workshop meets on the third Saturday of the month at 10am at its summer home at the Frost Farm. The next workshop meets Saturday, June 15.
Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco
Makes Special Appearance at Robert Frost Farm
Fifth Inaugural Poet Reads at Home of First Inaugural Poet
On Thursday, July 25, 7pm, the Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm and the Hyla Brook Poets are hosting a historic event with Richard Blanco, President Obama's Inaugural Poet 2013, reading at the home of the country's first Inaugural Poet: Robert Frost.
The free reading, open to the public, includes a Q&A with the poet and a book signing. An Open Mic follows. It takes place at the Frost Farm, located at 122 Rockingham Rd (Rt 28), in Derry.
"Fifty-two years ago, Robert Frost read 'The Gift Outright' at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. This July we will have the privilege of hearing Richard Blanco, who read his poem 'One Today' at Barack Obama's inauguration, give a poetry reading at the Frost Farm," said Robert W. Crawford, a Frost Farm Trustee and co-founder of the Hyla Brook Poets. "This is a historic occasion at a very special historical site. Richard has been reading around the country this summer to large audiences and it will be a treat to hear him read in the intimate setting of the Frost barn. Seating inside is limited so get there early."
In January 2013, Blanco joined the ranks of poets Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams and Elizabeth Alexander when he read his poem "One Today," as part of the inaugural ceremonies for the second term of President Obama. Frost, the first ever inaugural poet, read for President John F. Kennedy's inauguration in January 1961.
Blanco's acclaimed first book, City of a Hundred Fires, explores the yearnings and negotiation of cultural identity as a Cuban-American and received the prestigious Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize. His second book, Directions to The Beach of the Dead won the PEN American Beyond Margins Award for its continued exploration of the universal themes of place and homecoming. His third collection, Looking for The Gulf Motel, won the Patterson Poetry Prize and Thom Gunn Award from the Publishing Triangle. He recently published commemorative chapbooks of One Today and Boston Strong with University of Pittsburg Press. His work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2000, Great American Prose Poems, Breadloaf Anthology of New American Poets, and American Poetry: The Next Generation. He has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Blanco is a Fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, recipient of two Florida Artist Fellowships, and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. A builder of cities and poems, Blanco is also a professional civil engineer currently living in Bethel, Maine.
The 2013 Hyla Brook Reading Series Features:
- Jane Satterfield & Ned Balbo, Featured Readers, May 16, 2013
Jane Satterfield is the author of three books of poems: Her Familiars (Elixir, 2013), Assignation at Vanishing Point (Elixir Press Book Award, 2003), and Shepherdess with an Automatic (Towson University Prize for Literature), as well as Daughters of Empire: A Memoir of a Year in Britain and Beyond (Demeter, 2009). Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry and three Maryland Arts Council grants, as well as the William Faulkner Society's Gold Medal for the Essay and first prize in the 2011 Mslexia women’s poetry competition. Satterfield is literary editor for the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative and teaches at Loyola University Maryland.
Ned Balbo's latest book, The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Story Line Press), was awarded the 2010 Donald Justice Prize by judge A. E. Stallings, and the 2012 Poets’ Prize. His second book, Lives of the Sleepers (U. of Notre Dame Press), received the Ernest Sandeen Prize and a Fore Word Book of the Year Gold Medal; his first, Galileo's Banquet, was awarded the Towson University Prize. He is the recipient of three Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards, the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award, and the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize. He was featured poet in the Fall 2011/Winter 2012 Valparaiso Poetry Review, and his reviews of contemporary poetry may be found in most issues of Antioch Review from 1999-2009.
- X.J. Kennedy, Featured Reader, July 11, 2013
X. J. (real name Joe) Kennedy professed at Tufts until 1978, when he quit to write textbooks (including An Introduction to Poetry, now in its 13th edition and co-authored with Dana Gioia) and children’s books (22, including Brats and City Kids). His first book of verse was Nude Descending a Staircase (Doubleday, 1961); his latest, a new-and-selected, In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus (Johns Hopkins U Press, a 2008 ALA Notable Book) and a collected comic verse, Peeping Tom’s Cabin (BOA Editions, 2007). A former poetry editor of the Paris Review, Kennedy received the Poets’ Prize in 2003 for The Lords of Misrule and in 2010, for his life’s work, the Robert Frost medal of the Poetry Society of America. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with sometime co-author Dorothy M. Kennedy.
- Dan Chiasson, Featured Reader, August 8, 2013
Dan Chiasson teaches at Wellesley College and in the Boston University Graduate Program in Creative Writing. Chiasson is author of five books, including Bicentennial (forthcoming in 2014) and serves as the poetry critic for The New Yorker.
- Alfred Nicol, Featured Reader, September 12, 2013
Alfred Nicol is this year's recipient of The Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award. Nicol's book of poetry, Elegy for Everyone, published in 2009, was chosen for the first Anita Dorn Memorial Prize. He received the 2004 Richard Wilbur Award for an earlier volume, Winter Light. Nicol has collaborated with poet Rhina Espaillat and classical guitarist John Tavano in making the CD Melopoeia. His most recent publication is Second Hand Second Mind, a collaboration with his sister, the artist Elise Nicol. A member of the Powow River Poets since 1999, Nicol edited The Powow River Anthology, published in 2006.