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.
The 2017 Hyla Brook Reading Series Features:
Daniel Brown, Featured Reader, May 18, 6:30pm
Daniel Brown’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Partisan Review, PN Review, Parnassus, The New Criterion and other journals, as well as a number of anthologies including Poetry 180 (ed. Billy Collins) and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poetry (ed. David Yezzi). His work has been awarded a Pushcart prize, and his collection Taking the Occasion won the New Criterion Poetry Prize. A new collection, What More?, is out from Orchises Press. Brown’s criticism has appeared in The Harvard Book Review, Parnassus, Contemporary Poetry Review, Partisan Magazine, and The New Critierion. His Why Bach? is an online appreciation of the composer. Brown studied musical composition and musicology at Cornell University, holds a Masters in Musicology from Cornell, and taught music history and theory at Cornell and Dartmouth College. He lives in Baldwin, New York.
Rhina Espaillat, Featured Reader, June 16, 7pm along with the Frost Farm Prize Winner, Caitlin Doyle
Dominican-born and bilingual, and a former high school English teacher in NYC, Rhina P. Espaillat writes poetry, essays and short stories in both English and Spanish, and translates in both directions. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and some fifty anthologies. She was a founding member of two long-lived, active poetry workshops: NYC's Fresh Meadows Poets, and the Powow River Poets in Newburyport, MA, and has served on the faculty of the yearly West Chester Poetry Conference.
David R. Surette, Featured Reader, July 13, 6:30pm
David R. Surette’s new book of poetry is Stable which earned an Honors Award at this year’s Massachusetts Book Awards. He is the author of four other collections: Wicked Hard, The Immaculate Conception Mothers‘ Club, Young Gentlemen’s School and Easy to Keep, Hard to Keep In which earned Highly Recommended status at the 8th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards. He teaches English and coaches varsity hockey at East Bridgewater High School. He lives on Cape Cod.
Jenna Le, Featured Reader, August 10, 6:30pm
Jenna Le is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Six Rivers (NYQ Books, 2011) and A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora (Anchor & Plume Press, 2016). Born to Vietnamese immigrant parents in Minnesota, she now lives and works as a physician in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Her poems have appeared in AGNI Online, Bellevue Literary Review, The Best of the Raintown Review, The Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, and The Village Voice. Her website is jennalewriting.com.
Meredith Bergmann, Featured Reader, September 14, 6:30pm
Meredith Bergmann is a sculptor. Her public monuments can be seen in Boston and New York, and she is currently creating the FDR Hope Memorial for Roosevelt Island, NYC. Her poetry and criticism have appeared in many journals, including Barrow Street, Contemporary Poetry Review, Hudson Review, Light, Mezzo Cammin, The New Criterion, The Raintown Review, The Same, The Tri Quarterly Review and the anthology Hot Sonnets. Her sonnets have won honorable mentions from the Frost Farm Poetry Prize in 2013 and 2015. Her chapbook “A Special Education” was recently published by EXOT Books.