Two NH Poets Reading in Nelson

by on March 6, 2018 in Home Page, Uncategorized

March 10 at 11 am at the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library


The poems in Begin with Trouble by Martha Carlson-Bradley often lift, erase, disarrange, or
subvert the language of the 1727 New-England Primer—a book read by children
in New England and beyond throughout the eighteenth century and into the
nineteenth. Begin with Trouble captures different voices in the Puritan community,
from white Puritan children struggling with class and mortality, duty
and the afterlife, to a Native American survivor of internment and an enslaved
young man from Africa.
As poet Diane Gilliam remarks, “Martha Carlson-Bradley brings to the
fore, with her own sharp-edged lines, the mortality of all humanly formulated
mandates that arise from the great transpersonal stories. . . . [She] has given us
the kind of book on which our lives depend.”
Martha Carlson-Bradley is the author of several poetry collections and
her poems have been published in many literary
magazines and anthologies. Her awards include
the Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship
from the American Antiquarian Society and
an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New
Hampshire State Council on the Arts. CarlsonBradley
has a PhD in English from the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MFA in
Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College,
and a BA in English from Salem State College.

Beating the Bounds, a book by Liz Ahl that explores intersecting
natural and human-made landscapes, “settling down” into domesticity and
community, and what it means to find and make a home.
Readers will recognize places and elements of their lives in many of these
poems—three-season camps, town meetings, rutted mud-season roads, farm
stand sweet corn, and chores like splitting firewood or making trips to the
transfer station.
As fellow poet Ann Hudson shares, “Ahl explores psychological and literal
geographies, what it means to inhabit a space, and the beauties and mysteries
she discovers there. . . . These dazzling poems draw us in to the vibrant spaces
they mark and make.”
Liz Ahl is the author of the poetry collections Home Economics (Seven
Kitchens Press, 2016), Talking About the Weather (Seven Kitchens Press, 2012),
Luck (Pecan Grove Press, 2010), and A Thirst That’s Partly Mine (winner of the
2008 Slapering Hol Press chapbook contest).
Luck received the Reader’s Choice in Poetry
award at the 2011 New Hampshire Literary
Awards. Her poems have appeared in numerous
literary journals, including Prairie Schooner,
Atlanta Review, Able Muse, Measure, Crab
Orchard Review, River Styx, and North American
Review, among others. Her work has also
been included in several anthologies, including
This Assignment is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on
the Art of Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013), Mischief, Caprice, and Other
Poetic Strategies (Red Hen Press, 2004), and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology
of Contemporary Persona Poetry (University of Akron Press, 2012). She has
been awarded residencies at Playa, Jentel, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow,
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and The Vermont Studio Center.
She teaches at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

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