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All poetry readings at The Frost Place are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.
Join a select community of poets for 5-1/2 days next August to refresh your artistic inspiration in a setting of great natural beauty. Have your poems-in-progress given generous and focused attention in this intimate setting. Our specialty is unparalleled access to a faculty of celebrated contemporary poets, and our goal is to send you home charged up to re-enter your own work. 2016 Seminar faculty includes Patrick Donnelly, Ilya Kaminsky, Cleopatra Mathis, and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon.
The opportunity to discuss a full-length manuscript is also available.
Cleopatra Mathis has published seven collections of poetry. The most recent, from Sarabande Books, are White Sea, 2005, awarded the May Sarton Book Prize, and Book of Dog, 2013, which won the Sheila Motten Book Prize. Her book What to Tip the Boatman?, 2001, won the 2001 Jane Kenyon Award. Her poems have appeared widely in magazines, and journals, including The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, The Nation, TriQuarterly, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, and Three Penny Review, as well as numerous anthologies and textbooks. Awards for her work include two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, three Pushcart Prizes, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Dora Maar Fellowship from the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Peter Lavin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Born and raised in Louisiana of Greek and Choctaw decent, she has taught creative writing and English at Dartmouth College since 1982, where she is the Frederick Sessions Beebe ’35 Professor in the Art of Writing.
Ilya Kaminsky is the author of Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press), which won the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, Whiting Writers Award, Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Lannan Literary Fellowship and many other distinctions. It was translated in many languages, and published all over the world, including Turkey, France, Russia, Macedonia, Spain, Mexico, and China, where it was awarded Yinchuan International Poetry Prize. His new work in progress, Deaf Republic, has received a Pushcart Prize and Poetrymagazine’s Levinson award. Ilya has also translated many books, most recently Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva, co-translated with Jean Valentine (Alice James Books). His anthology Ecco Anthology of International Poetry, co-edited with Susan Harris (Harper Collins), has been called a “classic” in its genre.
Rose McLarney has published two collections of poems, Its Day Being Gone (Penguin Books, 2014) and The Always Broken Plates of Mountains (Four Way Books, 2012). Its Day Being Gone is the 2013 National Poetry Series winner. Rose has been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and Warren Wilson College, and won the Fellowship of Southern Writers’ New Writing Award for Poetry and Alligator Juniper’s 2011 National Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in publications including The Kenyon Review, Orion, Slate, New England Review, Missouri Review, and dozens of other journals. Rose earned her MFA from Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers and has taught at Warren Wilson, among other institutions. Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Auburn University and Poetry Editor of The Southern Humanities Review.
Tiana Clark is the winner of the 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at Vanderbilt University where she serves as a Commons Writer-in-Residence and the Poetry Editor for Nashville Review. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from Rattle, Best New Poets 2015,Crab Orchard Review, Southern Indiana Review, The Adroit Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Thrush, The Offing, and elsewhere. Tiana graduated from Tennessee State University where she studied Africana and Women’s studies. She serves on the board for The Porch Writer’s Collective, a local non-profit literary center. Tiana received a scholarship to The New Harmony Writers Workshop, and has recently been awarded funding from the Metropolitan Arts Commission for her community project, which provides creative writing workshops for trans youth at the Oasis Center. Find her online at www.tianaclark.com.
Patrick Donnelly, director of The Frost Place Poetry Seminar, is the author of The Charge (Ausable Press, 2003, since 2009 part of Copper Canyon Press) and Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin (Four Way Books, 2012), the latter book a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. In 2013 he received a U.S./Japan Creative Artists Program award, which funded a 3-month residency in Japan during 2014. Donnelly is a current associate editor of Poetry International, and a former associate editor (1999 – 2009) at Four Way Books. In 2015, Donnelly will be a Visiting Writer at the Vermont Studio Center. He has taught at Smith College, Colby College, the Lesley University MFA Program, The Frost Place, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and elsewhere. He was a 2008 recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and of the 2004 Margaret Bridgman Fellowship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His poetry has appeared in many journals, including American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Yale Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his spouse Stephen D. Miller, with whom he translates classical Japanese poetry and drama. Donnelly and Miller’s translations are included in The Wind from Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period (Cornell East Asia Series, 2013). Their translations have also appeared in many journals, including Bateau, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Circumference, The Drunken Boat,eXchanges, Kyoto Journal, Metamorphoses, New Plains Review, and Noon: The Journal of the Short Poem.
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Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval, a 2009 National Book Award finalist, and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well as Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, a chapbook in collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander. She is currently at work on a third poetry collection, The Coal Tar Colors. Recently, along with award-winning writers Austin Bunn, Wendy Dann, Saviana Stanescu, she co-wrote A Cherry Timedive, the inaugural site-specific theater piece for Ithaca’s collective artspace, The Cherry.