Join us in the Sanborn Library for poetry readings with 2018 Poet in Residence at the Frost Place, Nicole Homer, and Sebastian Matthews of the Vermont Studio Center.
Nicole Homer is the author of the poetry collection, Pecking Order, published by Write Bloody Press, a finalist for the 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and collections. A The Watering Hole graduate fellow and Callaloo fellow, Nicole Homer serves as an editor and contributor at BlackNerdProblems, and as faculty at the Pink Door Writing Retreat for Women and Gender Non-conforming Writers of Color. She is a full-time faculty member at Mercer County Community College in NJ. Aside from teaching and writing for publication, Ms. Homer is a performance poet.
Sebastian Matthews is the author of three books of poetry including Beginner's Guide to a Head-on Collision and the memoir, In My Father’s Footsteps, an examination of his life growing up with poet William Matthews. Along with Stanley Plumly, Matthews is the co-editor of three collections. His poetry and prose have appeared in many journals. He is currently working on a graphic novel series and a collection of personal essays. Matthews serves as Chair on the Board of Trustees for the Vermont Studio Center and as a member on the Advisory Board for Callaloo.
Free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by The Department of English & Creative Writing. Refreshements will be served.
The Norwich Bookstore will have books by both poets for purchase and autographing.
Nicole Homer's first full-length poetry collection, Pecking Order, is an unflinching look at how race and gender politics play out in the domestic sphere. Homer challenges the notion of family by forcing the reader to examine how race, race performance, and colorism impact motherhood immediately and from generation to generation.
Beginner's Guide to a Head-on Collision offers the deeply moving poetic memoir of Sebastian Matthews's life in the years after the car accident that devastated him and his wife and son.
This clear-eyed, often wryly funny memoir pays homage to a charismatic father as the son struggles to step out from his considerable shadow. In examining his father's death (and life), Sebastian Matthews explores his own chaotic past. A child of divorce, he was shuttled throughout his boyhood between parents and many geographies.