Cleopatra Mathis will read from her latest book, After the Body: Poems New and Selected, containing poems from her seven previous books of poetry as well as new poems, primarily about her experiences with Parkinson’s disease. Mathis directed the Creative Writing Department at Dartmouth for 27 years. The many prizes for her work include two National Endowment for the Arts Awards; the Robert Frost Award, and the Guggenheim Fellowship.
Sue Miller will read from her most recent novel, Monogamy, now in paperback, which was selected as a NYT notable book (2020). Miller has written many critically acclaimed and best-selling books, including The Good Mother, The Distinguished Guest, While I was Gone, and The Arsonist. Her non-fiction book, The Story of My Father, was heralded by BookPage as a “beautiful, spare memoir about her relationship with her father during his illness and death from Alzheimer’s.”
Her numerous honors include a Guggenheim and a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship. She has taught fiction at many colleges and universities, including Amherst, Tufts, Boston University, Smith, and MIT.
Special tribute to poet, Gary Lenhart (1947- 2021) by poets, Cleopatra Mathis and Matthew Olzmann.
Gary Lenhart wrote four books of poetry, including Father and Son Night, from which he read at the Meetinghouse in 1998, 1999, and 2010. He published two books of essays, including The Stamp of Class: Reflections on Poetry and Social Class. Gary taught writing and literature at Dartmouth from 1992-2019. Before moving to the Upper Valley with his wife, painter Louise Hamlin, and daughter Katie, he lived in New York City where he edited two avant garde poetry magazines, ran several reading series, and was Associate Director of the Teachers & Writers Collaborative.
Matthew Olzmann is the author of two collections of poems, Mezzanines, which won the Kundiman Prize, and Contradictions in the Design, both from Alice James Books. He’s received fellowships from Kundiman, the Kresge Arts Foundation and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and elsewhere. He teaches at Dartmouth College and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Canaan Meetinghouse Reading Series
Moderator: Phil Pochoda
New this summer:
+ The readings will start at 7:00, not 7:30.
+ Face masks and social distancing required.
+ Inside occupancy will be limited to 100 people (50% of capacity).
+ Audio speakers will be set up outside so any overflow crowd, and those who prefer, may sit on blankets or lawn chairs outside.
The speakers scheduled to participate during last year’s canceled series were all invited back for 2021. Nearly all are able to participate this summer!
The Meetinghouse Readings in Canaan, held at 7:00 pm on four Thursday evenings in July are free and open to the public; no reservations needed. (Please, no infants, toddlers or squirmers.)
The sponsors include James Laffan, Esq., Caldwell Estate Planning, Wachovia Securities, and Mascoma Savings Bank. The Norwich Bookstore will be on hand to sell current and past books by each author. Many of the books can also be purchased at the bookstore in advance, to be signed by the authors at the event.
The 1793 Meetinghouse in Canaan, N.H.’s Historic District, is located opposite the beach on Canaan Street Lake. Take Route 4 to the blinking light in Canaan; 2 miles up Canaan Street to the Old Meetinghouse. For more information, visit meetinghouse.us or call the Canaan Town Library (603) 523-9650
From her first book, Aerial View of Louisiana, published in 1979, Cleopatra Mathis has given us poems that somehow manage to be elegant and visceral at once.
NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2020!
NPR BEST BOOK OF 2020
PEOPLE MAGAZINE TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR
BOOKPAGE BEST BOOK OF 2020
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BEST BOOK OF 2020
Poetry. Gary Lenhart's brilliant meditations on family life and love seek out the perfect middle distance where there are no limitations on self or selfhood, no objective/subjective borders--Lewis Warsh.
Literary Nonfiction. Poetry History & Criticism. Poetics. Opinions tend to be uninteresting, which is one of the reasons why I always like reading poet Gary Lenhart's critical pieces: he gives us far more than thumbs up or thumbs down. In his clean, clear prose, Lenhart comes across as companionable, smart, well-read, alert, and sane.
There's something inherently spiritual about Olzmann's Mezzanines. . . . It's a place of reflection and contemplation, a temporary reprieve from the world's chaos and a reach for a vision of paradise. --The Los Angeles Review of Books