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Vievee Francis & Matthew Olzmann :: Strafford Town House Forum

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Thursdays in August • 7 pm
Strafford, VT

The historic eighteenth-century Strafford Town House will again host a provocative reading and discussion series in Strafford, Vermont, on four August evenings. This summer’s series will feature poets, farmers, fiction writers, and musicians, and each presentation will be followed by conversations with the audience. Everyone is invited to pack a picnic and come early to have supper on the Strafford Common with the authors, whose books will be offered for sale by the Norwich Bookstore.

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Readings and conversation with two poets who share a home: Vievee Francis, author of three books, most recently Forest Primeval (2016), winner of the Kingsley Tufts and the Hurston/Wright Legacy awards, and professor at Dartmouth College; and Matthew Olzmann, author of Mezzanines (2013) and Contradictions in the Design (2016), who also teaches at Dartmouth and in the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College.

While there is no charge for admission, donations will be welcomed at the door to benefit the new books fund of the Morrill Memorial and Harris Library. For more information about the series and directions, please visit Town House Forum.

Event date: 
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Town House of Strafford
3 Hatch Road
Strafford, VT
Forest Primeval: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780810132436
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)
Published: Triquarterly - November 30th, 2015

Winner, 2017 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award
Winner, 2016 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in the Poetry category
Finalist, 2015 Balcones Poetry Prize
Shortlist finalist, 2015 PEN Open Book Award for an exceptional book by an author of color

"Another Anti-Pastoral," the opening poem of Forest Primeval, confesses that sometimes "wor

Contradictions in the Design Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938584275
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (email to confirm availability)
Published: Alice James Books - November 1st, 2016

"Matthew Olzmann's poetry is that rare thing that embraces complication while, at every turn, filling us with wonder. Contradictions in the Design incorporates 'patterns among celestial bodies, the mysteries of Christ, X + Y, crossword puzzles, free will, ' but also the playfulness and oddities of life that allow us to laugh hardest at ourselves.

Mezzanines Cover Image
ISBN: 9781882295982
Availability: Special Order (email to check availability)
Published: Alice James Books - April 16th, 2013

"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