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Pulitzer Prize-winners headline October 2 poetry reading

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/15/05 • Contact Joel Aalberts (603) 646-3661

Galway Kinnell
Galway Kinnell
Maxine Kumin
Maxine Kumin

The Breath of Parted Lips: A Benefit Poetry Reading will be held in Baker Library's Carpenter Hall on Sunday, October 2, at 4:00 p.m. The free event features Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Galway Kinnell and Maxine Kumin and 13 other poets from Vt. and N.H. It is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program of Dartmouth's Department of English and the Frost Place of Franconia, N.H., a museum of poet Robert Frost and center for the arts located on the farm Frost purchased and occupied from 1915 to 1920.

Participants in the reading were contributors to The Breath of Parted Lips, Volume II, (CavanKerry Press, Ltd. 2004), a collection of poems by Frost Place resident poets, as well as faculty members and participants in the site's annual poetry festival. The book was edited by Frost Place poet and essayist Sydney Lea, who currently serves as Chair of The Frost Place board and teaches the poetry workshop for Dartmouth's Master of Arts in Liberal studies program.

"The 15 readers participating in the event will read one poem by anyone else in the book, plus one of their own," said event organizer Parker Towle, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Neurology at Dartmouth Medical School, who is also a contributor to the book and a reader at the event. "Kinnell and Kumin, of course, will receive additional time," he added. Towle said that the readers will take the stage in alphabetical order, just as they appeared in the book.

Galway Kinnell won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his 1980 collection, Selected Poems. In 2000 his New Selected Poems was a finalist for the National Book Award. He is currently a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets He resides in Sheffield, Vt.

Maxine Kumin received the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Up Country: Poems of New England. A resident of Warner, N.H., she has published 15 books of poetry including her most recent, Jack and Other New Poems. She is a former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.

Additional readers include:

  • Martha Donovan, Henniker, N.H.
  • Jerry Durick, South Burlington, Vt.
  • Pat Fargnoli, Walpole, N.H.
  • Florence Fogelin, White River Junction, Vt.
  • Hugh Hennedy, Portsmouth, N.H.
  • Deming Holleran '98, Hanover, N.H.
  • David Huddle, Burlington, Vt.
  • Phyllis Katz, Norwich, Vt.
  • Christine Korfhage, Sanbornton, N.H.
  • Maura MacNeil, Washington, N.H.
  • Nancy Richardson, Charlotte, Vt.
  • Jim Schley '79, South Strafford, Vt.
  • Parker Towle, Franconia, N.H.

Copies of The Breath of Parted Lips will be on sale at the event, with all proceeds going to The Frost Place. Donations to the Frost Place will also be accepted.

For further information contact Parker Towle at 603-823-8157 (H), 603-444-9066 (O) or at

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