Vermont poets: Laura Foley of Pomfret headlines with readings from "Why I Never Finished My Dissertation" (starred Kirkus review) and her forthcoming title, "It's This," as well as newer poems; Rebecca Starks of Richmond reads from her debut "Time Is Always Now," a finalist for the 2019 Able Muse Book Award; and Penelope Cray of Northern Vermont reads from "Miracles Come on Mondays," winner of the 2019 Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose at Pleiades Press.
An open mic period will follow; bring one poem and sign up at the event.
A PoemCity event; free and open to the public.
About the Poets:
Laura Foley is the author of seven poetry collections, variously honored with the Foreword Book of the Year Award (Silver), finalist for the NH Writer’s Project’s Outstanding Book of Poetry, and the Bisexual Writer’s Award. Her most recent book, Why I Never Finished My Dissertation, received a starred Kirkus Review and was among their top poetry books of 2019. Her collection It's This is forthcoming from Salmon Press in 2021. Her poems have won numerous awards, and national recognition—read by Garrison Keillor on Prairie Home Companion and The Writers Almanac. At Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles Master Chorale performed composer Dale Trumbore’s “How to Go On,” based on her and two other poets’ work. She has a B.A. from Barnard College and an M. Phil. in English and Comparative Literature (Everything But Dissertation) from Columbia University. She lives among the hills of Pomfret, Vermont with her wife, Clara Gimenez (Prof. of Law at VLS) and two romping canines.
Rebecca Starks is the author of the poetry collections Time Is Always Now, a finalist for the 2019 Able Muse Book Award, and Fetch, Muse, forthcoming from Able Muse Press in the fall of 2020. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in Baltimore Review, Valparaiso Review, Ocean State Review, Slice Literary, Crab Orchard Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and elsewhere. Winner of Rattle‘s 2018 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, and past winner of Poetry Northwest‘s Richard Hugo Prize, she is a co-founder of Mud Season Review and a former director of the Burlington Writers Workshop. She grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and earned a B.A. in English from Yale University and a Ph.D in English from Stanford University. She works as a freelance editor and workshop leader; teaches in the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning program at the University of Vermont; and is on the board of Sundog Poetry. In her spare time she takes her dogs for runs in the woods and plays violin in the Me2 Orchestra, in support of its mission to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness. She and her family live in a log cabin in the woods of Richmond, Vermont.
Penelope Cray was born in Australia and was naturalized as a US citizen on September 11, 2018. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in journals such as Harvard Review, New England Review, Bartleby Snopes, elimae, Pleiades, and American Letters & Commentary and in the anthology Please Do Not Remove (2014). She holds an MFA from The New School and has been a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center. She lives with her family in northern Vermont, where she runs an editorial business.