DERRY — The 2019 season of the Robert Frost Farm’s Hyla Brook Reading Series wraps up with an appearance by Patrick Donnelly, along with Hyla Brook poet Irene Baker, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.,Thursday, Sept. 12.
The series, held at the Frost Farm at 122 Rockingham Road, is free and open to the public. An open mic follows the readings and all audience members are invited to share their work.
Donnelly is the author of four books of poetry, "Little-Known Operas," "Jesus Said," "Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin," and "The Charge."
He is the director of the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, now a center for poetry and the arts. He also has won numerous honors and awards for his works including a U.S./Japan Creative Artists Program Award, an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Margaret Bridgman Fellowship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a 2018 Amy Clampitt Residency Award.
Baker, of Derry, is a professional science curriculum writer and has been a member of the Frost Farm’s Hyla Brook Poets since 2013.
Through September, the Hyla Brook Poets’ monthly writing workshop meets the third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at its summer home at the Frost Farm, before moving to the Derry Public Library.
Under the leadership of Robert W. Crawford, Derry poet laureate, Frost Farm Poetry’s mission is to support the writing and teaching of metrical poetry.
The Hyla Brook Poets started in 2008 as a monthly poetry workshop. In March 2009, the monthly Hyla Brook Reading Series launched with readings by emerging poets, as well as luminaries such as Maxine Kumin, Sharon Olds and Richard Blanco.
The Frost Farm Poetry Prize for metrical poetry was introduced in 2010, with the Frost Farm Conference beginning in 2015.