Martha Collins has published eleven books of poetry, most recently Casualty Reports (Pittsburgh, 2022) and Because What Else Could I Do (Pittsburgh, 2019); the latter won the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award. She has also co-translated five volumes of Vietnamese poetry, most recently Dreaming the Mountain by Tuệ Sỹ, with Nguyen Ba Chung (Milkweed, 2023). Collins founded the U.Mass. Boston creative writing program and for ten years served as Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin. Her website is marthacollinspoet.com
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WordHouse Poetry – Martha Collins and Anna Quinn Ross
February 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join us at the Noah Webster House for a series of FREE poetry readings, hosted by James Finnegan, West Hartford’s third Poet Laureate. These readings will take place from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on February 17, March 23, April 6, May 18, and June 1.
February’s headlining poets will be Martha Collins and Anna Quinn Ross.
Anna Quinn Ross’s most recent book, Flutter, Kick, won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press, the Julia Ward Howe Award in Poetry from the Boston Authors Club, and was named a Best New Poetry Book by the New York Public Library. The recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Fulbright Foundation, among others, her work appears in The Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, The Missouri Review, The Nation, and elsewhere. Anna teaches at Tufts University and through the Emerson Prison Initiative. She lives with her family in Dorchester, MA, where she raises chickens. Find her at annavqross.com
Read here for the most up to date information on speakers. All readings take place at the Noah Webster House and begin with an open mic. No registration is required. Each poetry reading is free and open to the public. Donations are greatly appreciated in order to support future programming at the Noah Webster House. The Noah Webster House will be open 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. during each reading and visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets to tour the historic home.