Frost Farm’s 2017 Season

2017 Season Features Hyla Brook Reading Series 
and Annual Poetry Conference 
DERRY, NH, April 19, 2017 – The Robert Frost Farm offers exceptional opportunities for poetry lovers and learners during its 2017 season. 
The Hyla Brook Reading Series, now in its 9th season, kicks off on Thursday, May 18, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm with featured poet Daniel Brown and Hyla Brook Poet Paula Mahon d'Entremont. 
Brown’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Partisan Review, PN Review, Parnassus, The New Criterion and other journals, as well as a number of anthologies including Poetry 180 (ed. Billy Collins) and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poetry (ed. David Yezzi). His work has been awarded a Pushcart prize, and his collection Taking the Occasion won the New Criterion Poetry Prize. A new collection, What More?, is out from Orchises Press. Brown’s criticism has appeared in The Harvard Book Review, Parnassus, Contemporary Poetry Review, Partisan Magazine, and The New Critierion. His Why Bach? is an online appreciation of the composer. Brown studied musical composition and musicology at Cornell University, holds a Masters in Musicology from Cornell, and taught music history and theory at Cornell and Dartmouth College. He lives in Baldwin, New York. 
Derry resident Paula Mahon d'Entremont will also read. She is a family physician practicing at Health Care for the Homeless in Manchester, and a civil surgeon for Homeland Security. She spent two years in Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer, an additional inspiration for her writing. Her work has been published in the Sunday Boston Globe, Aethlon, a journal of sports literature, Parody, Westward Quarterly, and Storyteller.  She was a finalist in the Naugatuck River Review Narrative Poetry Contest and two-time prize winner in the Poetry Society of New Hampshire’s quarterly contest. 
The event launches this year's series of nationally acclaimed poets reading in the intimate setting of Robert Frost’s barn. The season also features appearances by Rhina P. Espaillat (June 16), David Surette (July 13), Jenna Le (Aug. 10), and Meredith Bergmann (Sept. 14). 
The series, held in the Frost Farm located at 122 Rockingham Rd (Rt 28), is free and open to the public. An Open Mic follows the readings and all audience members are invited to share their work. 
The June reading highlights the winner of the Annual Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry, and is the kick off event for the 3nd Annual Frost Farm Poetry Conference on June 16-18, 2017. 
Founded in 2015, the conference provides two days of intense instruction by award-winning poets including featured readers Espaillat and Brown, along with Midge Goldberg, A.M. Juster and Len Krisak. Deborah Warren is the 2017 Frost Farm Poet in Residence and will provide individual critiques and chair a panel, “Publishing Your Poetry.” 
The instructors will immerse participants in the art and craft of formal poetry writing, valuable skills for both free verse poets and formalists. Through generous support, this special weekend has been modestly priced for all participants. For more information or to register, please visit: http://www.frostfarmpoetry.org
Starting in May, the Hyla Brook Poets’ monthly writing workshop will meet on the third Saturday of the month at 10am at its summer home at the Frost Farm. 
About Frost Farm Poetry
Under the leadership of Robert W. Crawford, Derry Poet Laureate, Frost Farm Poetry’s mission is to support the writing and reading of poetry, especially metrical poetry. The Hyla Brook Poets started in 2008 as a monthly poetry workshop. In March 2009, the monthly Hyla Brook Reading Series launched with readings by emerging poets as well as luminaries such as Maxine Kumin, Sharon Olds and Richard Blanco. From there, the Frost Farm Poetry Prize for metrical poetry was introduced in 2010, with the Frost Farm Conference beginning in 2015. 
For further information, email hylabrookpoets@gmail.com, or visit www.frostfarmpoetry.org or facebook.com/HylaBrookPoets or twitter.com/HylaBrookPoets.  


Book of the Week (4/24/2017)

Will's Red Coat: The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again by Tom Ryan (New York : William Morrow & Company, 2017.)

NH author Tom Ryan, known for his bestseller, Following Atticus, brings to us a story of another furry friend; an aging dog, and an unbreakable bond in the story Will's Red Coat.
A true story of acceptance, perseverance, and the possibility of love and redemption as evocative, charming, and powerful as the New York Times bestseller Following Atticus.
Drawn by an online post, Tom Ryan adopted Will, a frightened, deaf, and mostly blind elderly dog, and brought him home to live with him and Atticus. The only owners Will ever knew had grown too fragile to take care of themselves, or of him. Ultimately, Will was left at a kill shelter in New Jersey.
Tom hoped to give Will a place to die with dignity, amid the rustic beauty of the White Mountains of his New Hampshire home. But when Will bites him numerous times and acts out in violent displays, Tom realizes he is in for a challenge.
With endless patience and the kind of continued empathy Tom has nurtured in his relationship with Atticus, Will eventually begins to thrive. Soon, the angry, hurt, depressed, and near-death oldster has transformed into a happy, gamboling companion with a puppy-like zest for discovery. Will perseveres for two and a half years, inspiring hundreds of thousands of Tom and Atticus’s fans with his courage, resilience, and unforgettable heart.
A story of a dog and an indelible bond that is beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting, and unforgettable, Will’s Red Coat honors the promise held in all of us, at any stage of life. --Publisher's blurb.
 Catch Tom at Gibson's Bookstore in Concord, NH on Friday, April 28th, 2017, at 7 p.m. promoting Will's Red Coat.

Tom will also be at the Exeter Town Hall, sponsored by the Water Street Bookstore on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm.


Congratulations to the 2017 NH LAL Semi-finalists!

  • Alexis Noelle Darner, Milford
  • Aliyah Dodier, Durham
  • Amity Wilson, Alton
  • BettyJane Weir, Alton
  • Cassie Shaw, Milford
  • Elena Yu, Brookline
  • Emy Li, Exeter
  • Emma O'Brien, Exeter
  • Grace McGrath, Milford
  • Hunter Crea, Brookline
  • Isabella Reichard, Brookline
  • Ishanvi Bachwal, Nashua
  • Kaiden Gilbert, Alton
  • Kellie Mahoney, Alton
  • Liam Moriarty, Exeter
  • Marissa Duragano, Londonderry 
  • Marlise Hyde, Durham
  • Megan McLaughlin, Hollis 
  • Megan Williams, Milford
  • Paige Burt, Durham
  • Samantha MacAvoy, Atkinson
  • Skye Shen, Durham
  • Thomas Mason, Milford
  • Wyleigh Chase, Alton
  • Zachary Cassidy, Nashua
New Hampshire's winning letters will be selected from these semi-finalist letters and announced in early May. The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library will award $100 to each first place winner. State winners will advance to the national Letters About Literature competition.  If you want to get the latest LAL news, you can subscribe to LAL news email feed at the NH Letters About Literature page.


Book of the Week (4/17/2017)

Canoes: A Natural History in North America by Norman Sims and Mark Neuzil (University of Minnesota Press, 2016.)

NH author Norman Sims and co-author Mark Neuzil have released a richly illustrated book about the canoe's origins, design, and historical influence.
Ancient records of canoes are found from the Pacific Northwest to the coast of Maine, in Minnesota and Mexico, in the Southeast and across the Caribbean. And if a native of those distant times might encounter a canoe of our day whether birch bark or dugout or a modern marvel made of carbon fiber its silhouette would be instantly recognizable. This is the story of that singular American artifact, so little changed over time: of canoes, old and new, the people who made them, and the labors and adventures they shared. With features of technology, industry, art, and survival, the canoe carries us deep into the natural and cultural history of North America.
In the foreword by Pulitzer Prize winner John McPhee, we dip into the experience of canoeing, from the thrilling challenges of childhood camp expeditions to the moving reflections of long-time paddlers. The pages that follow are filled with historical photographs and artwork, authors Neuzil and Sims describe the dugout and birch bark craft from their first known appearance through the exploration of Canada by fur traders, to the recreational movements that promoted all-wood and wood-and-canvas canoes. Modern materials such as aluminum, fiberglass, and plastic expanded participation and connected canoeists with emerging environmental movements.
Finally, Canoes lets us hear the voices of past paddlers like Alexander Mackenzie, the first European to cross North America, using birch bark and dugout canoes a decade before Lewis and Clark went overland, Henry Thoreau, Eric Sevareid, Edwin Tappan Adney, and others. Their stories are a tribute to the First Peoples who, 500 or 1,000 or even 5,000 years ago, built a craft designed to such perfection that it has plied the waters fundamentally unchanged ever since. -- Publisher's blurb
Join Norman Sims and Mark Neuzil for a talk and book signing at the Thayer Library in Ashuelot, NH on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at 10:30 am.

The authors will also be at the Toadstool Bookshop in Keene, NH on Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at 2 pm where they will be discussing and signing their book.


BIO Invites Biographers, Historians, Memoirists to Boston May 19-21

            On May 19-21, Emerson College will host the 2017 Biographers International Organization Annual Conference.   The Conference will offer a wide selection of panel discussions and workshops for BIOGRAPHERS, HISTORIANS, MEMOIRISTS and anyone interested in  “Life Writing”—true stories about real people. 
            What sparks a biographer? How do you choose a subject? What are the challenges of writing about celebrities or the “hidden figures” of history? Whose lives matter and who should tell their story? How do you solve the riddle of research—where to go, how far down the research trail and when to quit? How do you organize a biography? How do you deal with family issues?  Do you avoid controversy or embrace it? How do you make a film trailer or bring your book to the stage, screen or broadcast? What are the advantages or pitfalls of DIY publishing?   
            Experienced, award-winning biographers will address these questions and more at the 2017 BIO Conference.
            On Friday, May 19, BIO will offer afternoon tours of Boston’s top archival sites—the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Boston Athenaeum—a group reading of excerpts from new biographies, and the Opening Reception.
            The Saturday morning Plenary Session features a conversation between two prolific, award-winning, biographers whose recent works explore the Boston Kennedy legacy—Larry Tye (Bobby Kennedy: the Making of a Liberal Icon, 2016) and David Nasaw--(The Patriarch:  The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy, 2012).  They will discuss the question:  “How did this privileged, sheltered son of an arch conservative who cared little about poverty, racism, or liberal values become the Bobby Kennedy who ran for president in 1968?”  
            Morning workshop topics include: The Organized Biographer; The Challenges of Writing about the Known; Women in Love; Going Indie; Writing about Family Matters; The Challenges of Writing about the Unknown; Boston and New England Lives; and Parallel Lives.
            The Lunchtime keynote address will be presented by 2017 BIO Award winner Candice Millard. Millard’s Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill was named New York Times top ten book of the year of 2016.
            Afternoon Round Table Discussions will cover divergent topics including: First-time Biographers; First-person Narration; Biographies of Family Members; Group Biography; Women’s Lives; Sexuality in Biography; U.S. History before 1945; U.S. History after 1945; Literary Biography; Celebrities and Popular Culture; Visual and Performing Arts.
            Late afternoon workshop topics will include: Slice of Life; Controversy; Beyond the Book Review; Off the Page and Onto the Stage, Screen and Broadcast; Birth of a Biography; Biography and Style; Whose Lives Matter; and Lessons from Presidents’ Lives.
            Sunday in-depth workshop topics will include: Assembling Your Book; Making a Book Trailer; Writing Your First Biography; and Book Proposals.
            For more information and to register, visit http://biographersinternational.org/2017-bio-conference/