I will be reading in honor of National Poetry Month along with four other women poets with serious cred and bad attitude at the Ashfield Lake House, 141 Buckland Road, Ashfield, MA Thursday, April 18, at 7:30pm.
Featuring: Amy Dryansky, Marie Gauthier, Rebecca Olander, Sarah Sousa & Karen Skolfield.
Come for the reading, come early to eat and drink. You won’t be disappointed!
Amy Dryansky, whose second book, Grass Whistle (Salmon Poetry, Ireland) received the Massachusetts Book Award for poetry. Her first, How I Got Lost So Close to Home, won the New England/New York Award from Alice James. She’s received honors/awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MacDowell Colony and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and is the current Poet Laureate of Northampton, even though she lives in Conway.
Marie Gauthier is the author of the chapbook Hunger All Inside (FLP), and her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, The Common, Cave Wall, and elsewhere. She serves as president of the League of Women Voters of Franklin County, member of the Local Education Council for her town's elementary school, organizer of the Collected Poets Series, and works for Pioneer Valley Books as its marketing projects specialist. She lives with her family in Shelburne Falls.
Rebecca Hart Olander’s poetry has appeared recently in Ilanot Review, Plath Poetry Project, and Solstice, and collaborative work made with Elizabeth Paul has been published in They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (BLP) and online at Duende. Rebecca won the 2013 Women’s National Book Association poetry contest. She teaches writing at Westfield State University and is the editor/director of Perugia Press, and her first chapbook, Dressing the Wounds, is forthcoming from dancing girl press this fall. She hails from way down in Florence.
Karen Skolfield’s book Battle Dress won the Barnard Women Poets Prize and will be published fall 2019 by W. W. Norton. Her first book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry. Skolfield is a U.S. Army veteran and teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She will be the next Northampton Poet Laureate as of May 1! (Even though she lives in Amherst.)
Sarah Sousa is the author of the poetry collections See the Wolf, Split the Crow and Church of Needles, as well as the newly published chapbook Yell. Her poems have appeared in the Massachusetts Review, North American Review, the Southern Poetry Review, Verse Daily and Tupelo Quarterly, among others. She is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow and lives right here in Ashfield.