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Robert Frost Farm
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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. Except for May, which is the third Thursday of the month, all readings take place the second Thursday of the month 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 2014 Hyla Brook Reading Series
Opens With Poet Stephen Burt on May 15

Stephen Burt

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

Rob Wright image

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

Josh Mehigan image

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 bobik9@aol.com, 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

Image of Caki Wilkinson 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.

For questions, please contact Robert Crawford at bobik9@aol.com or visit http://www.facebook.com/HylaBrookPoets

 

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco
Makes Special Appearance at Robert Frost Farm

Fifth Inaugural Poet Reads at Home of First Inaugural Poet

Photo of Richard BlancoOn 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: