The Collected Poets Series is honored to host four superb poets to celebrate National Poetry Month.
On Sunday, March 29th, at 7:30 pm, a National Poetry Month Primer with prizewinning poets Martha Collins, author of five collections of poetry including Blue Front, and Lynne Thompson, author of the poetry collection Beg No Pardon, will read from their work.
And then on Thursday, April 2nd, at 7:30 pm, poets Anne Marie Macari, author of She Heads Into Wilderness, and Carey Salerno, author of Shelter, will also read.
Martha Collins is the author of the book-length poem Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006), which won an Anisfield-Wolf Award and an Ohioana Award, and was chosen as one of “25 Books to Remember from 2006” by the New York Public Library. Other awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Bunting Institute, the Witter Bynner Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, as well as three Pushcart Prizes, the Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Foundation residency fellowship. Founder of the Creative Writing Program at UMass-Boston and Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College until 2007, Collins is currently editor-at-large for FIELD magazine and one of the editors of the Oberlin College Press. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Lynne Thompson is the author of Beg No Pardon, which won the Perugia Press Book Award in 2007 and the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) New Writers Award in 2008. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her works have been published in numerous literary journals including Indiana Review, PMS, Rattle, Crab Orchard Review, Poetry International, and Calyx, which selected her as a finalist for the Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize (2007). An attorney by training, Thompson lives in Los Angeles, California and is the Director of Employee & Labor Relations at UCLA.
Anne Marie Macari won the APR/Honickman first book prize in 2000 for Ivory Cradle, chosen by Robert Creeley. In 2005 her second book, Gloryland, was published by Alice James Books. Her poems have appeared in many magazines, such as TriQuarterly, Field, The Iowa Review, and The American Poetry Review. In 2005 she won the James Dickey Prize for Poetry from Five Points magazine. Macari has served as core faculty and Interim Program Director of the New England College Low-Residency Program in Poetry. She lives in the Delaware River town of Lambertville, NJ, with her sons and her companion, Gerald Stern.
Carey Salerno is the Acting Director of Alice James Books, a nonprofit cooperative poetry press affiliated with the BFA in creative writing program at the University of Maine at Farmington. Born in Kalamazoo, Carey grew up near Lake Michigan. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in English and a MFA in Poetry from New England College. Her poems have appeared in Natural Bridge, The Dirty Napkin, and Rattle. Salerno’s first book, Shelter, won the 2007 Kinereth Gensler Award. She lives in western Maine with her husband and dog.
For more information along with selections of the poets’ work, please visit the Collected Poets Series website.