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Poetry reading benefits Robert Frost farm

Published May 31, 2004; Category: EVENTS

Three local poets to read from their works in Sanborn
Grace Paley
Grace Paley
Cleopatra Mathis
Cleopatra Mathis
Cynthia Huntington
Cynthia Huntington

Poetry will come alive in Sanborn Library at 7 p.m on Thursday, June 17, when poet Grace Paley, Professor of English and Creative Writing Cynthia Huntington, and Professor of English and Creative Writing Cleopatra Mathis will read from collections of their work.

The event, "A Reading for the Frost Place," is intended as a fundraiser for Frost Place, a farm once owned by the poet Robert Frost in Franconia, N.H., which hosts an annual summer poetry festival. Paley, Huntington and Mathis have all been guest poets at the summer festival.

While the reading will be free and open to the public, voluntary donations will be welcome in support of the poetry festival and the upkeep of Frost Place.

Beginning her literary career as a fiction writer, Paley has been writing poetry since the 1980s. She has written three books of poetry, including 2001's Begin Again: Collected Poems. She now serves as the State Poet of Vermont.

An author of prose and poetry, Huntington earned top poetry honors when she became Poet Laureate of New Hampshire earlier this year. She is also the Chair of the creative writing concentration in the English department. Her most recent work of poetry, The Radiant, won the 2001 Levis Poetry Prize.

Mathis, who founded the creative writing concentration in the English department, will read new poems from her sixth book of poetry, White Sea, which will be published in 2005. She has recently published poems in The New Yorker and Ms. Magazine.

By MATT LEWIS '05

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