Poetry readings continue at Robert Frost Farm

JULIE HUSS/Staff photoThe historic Robert Frost Farm homestead in Derry is the summer home of the Hyla Brook Poets and a schedule of poetry readings.

DERRY — The Robert Frost Farm’s Hyla Brook Reading Series continues with a visit by award-winning poet Rachel Hadas on Thursday, July 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The night also includes readings by Hyla Brook poet Ellie O'Leary.

The series, held at the Frost Farm located 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.

Hadas is the author of many books of poetry, essays, and translations. Her most recent collection is Poems for Camilla, published in 2018; in the same year her verse translations of Euripides' two Iphigenia plays were published. The recipient of awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry and the O.B. Harrison Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library, Hadas is Board of Governors Professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, where she has taught for many years.

O’Leary often writes about growing up in the village of Freedom, Maine. She hosted Writers Forum on WERU-FM, won the Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship in poetry, and taught writing at the Pyramid Life Center in the Adirondacks and at Belfast (Maine) Senior College.

Upcoming Hyla Brook Reading Series features Rodger Martin on Aug. 8, and Patrick Donnelly on Sept. 12.

Through September, the Hyla Brook Poets’ monthly writing workshop meets on 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.

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. From there, the Frost Farm Poetry Prize for metrical poetry was introduced in 2010, with the Frost Farm Conference beginning in 2015. For information, email hylabrookpoets@gmail.com, or visit frostfarmpoetry.org or facebook.com/HylaBrookPoets or twitter.com/HylaBrookPoets.

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