january, 2024

09jan7:00 pm8:00 pmMyronn Hardy & Betsy Sholl Poetry Reading & Conversation7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Mechanics' Hall

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Please join MWPA and Mechanics Hall for a reading and conversation with award-winning poets Myronn Hardy and Betsy Sholl. Distinguished poet, writer, and journalist Tom Sleigh notes, “Myronn Hardy’s tough, analytical, associative mind moves with astonishing inventiveness between America and Algeria… Quietly visionary, Aurora Americana is among the best books of poems I’ve read in a long time.”

Copies of Hardy and Sholl’s books will be available for sale and signing.

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Myronn Hardy is the author of six books of poems, including Approaching the Center, winner of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles award, The Headless Saints, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy award and Catastrophic Bliss, winner of the Griot-Stadler Prize for poetry. His most recent collection is Aurora Americana, published by Princeton University Press. His poems have appeared in The New York Times MagazineThe New RepublicPloughsharesPOETRYThe Georgia ReviewThe Baffler, and elsewhere. He is an assistant professor of English at Bates College.

Betsy Sholl’s tenth collection of poetry is As If a Song Could Save You (University of Wisconsin Press in fall of 2022), and her ninth collection of poetry was House of Sparrows: New and Selected Poems (University of Wisconsin, 2019), winner of the Four Lakes Prize. Other awards include a Maine Book Award for Poetry, The Felix Pollak Prize, the AWP Prize for Poetry, an NEA Fellowship. She teaches in the MFA in Writing Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts and served as Poet Laureate of Maine from 2006 to 2011. She was awarded the 2020 Distinguished Achievement Award from Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Southern Maine in 2022.


(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Mechanics' Hall


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