Robert Frost Farm
Hyla Brook Poets
Inviting guest speakers to Derry to celebrate the work of America's foremost poet is a tradition at the farm. Lectures are held in the Farm's barn theater beginning at 2:00 pm and are open to the public free of charge.
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 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.