Toadstool Bookshop celebrates Poetry Month

Friday, April 12, 2013

PETERBOROUGH – National Poetry Month was inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy Of American Poets and is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. The Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough is joining the celebration with two special events.

Billed as “NXNE Reading: Five Poets, Five Voices”, the event at 2 p.m. Saturday April 13, will feature Christopher Locke, poet and former editor of “Lungfish Review”; Martha Carlson- Bradley, poet and editor; Patricia Fargnoli, former state Poet Laureate; Sid Hall, poet, publisher of “Hobblebush Books”); and Rodger Martin, poet, editor of “Worcester Review,” reading from their works and discussing poetry.

Reading locally for the first time and author of the just published volume “Waiting For Grace & Other Poems,” Locke was born in Laconia. He has published five collections and won numerous awards. U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins said Locke’s work will have you “helplessly engaged.”

Joining him at the reading will be Martha Carlson-Bradley with her newest book, “If I Take You Here.” The author of three other poetry collections and recipient of a fellowship from the N.H. State Council On The Arts, she lives with her family in Hillsborough.

Fargnoli, the New Hampshire Poet Laureate from December 2006 to March 2009, is the author of four books and two chapbooks of poetry. Her newest book is “Then, Something.” Fargnoli, a retired social worker, has been the recipient of a Macdowell Colony fellowship. She’s been on the residence faculty of The Frost Place Poetry Festival, and has taught at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and in the Lifelong Learning program of Keene State College.

Hall is the author of three books of poems including “Fumbling In The Light and a collection of newspaper columns, “Small Town Tales. He is founder and publisher of Brookline-based Hobblebush Books and the recently created “Hobblebush Granite State Poetry Series.”

Martin lives in Harrisville and is author most recently of “The Battlefield Guide poems of Harper’s Ferry, Antietam, and Gettysburg.” He is a touring artist for the New England Foundation for the Arts and teaches journalism at Keene State College.

On Saturday April 20, at 11 a.m., Chard deNiord will be at the bookstore to discuss “Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs,” his recent book of interviews with seven senior American poets Jack Gilbert, Donald Hall, Galway Kinnell, Maxine Kumin, Lucille Clifton, Ruth Stone, and Robert Bly, and essays on Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell’s correspondence, specifically her delicate outrage over his use of his wife’s and daughter’s letters in his 1974 book, The Dolphin, James Wright’s poem “To the Muse,” and Philip Levine’s poems “The Simple Truth” and “Call It Music.” The author of four books of poetry, Deniord is a professor of English at Providence College. He lives in Putney, Vt., with his wife, Liz.

Both events are free and all are welcome. For more information call the bookstore at 924-3543. The Toadstool Bookshop is at 12 Depot Square In Peterborough.

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