The Frost Place Studio Sessions Team
Maudelle Driskell, Executive Director of the Frost Place
Maudelle Driskell is the creative impetus behind the Frost Place Studio Sessions: conceiving the idea, building the collaboration, and implementing the programs. She holds an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College and was the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Fellowship, awarded by Poetry magazine and the Modern Language Association. Her first poetry collection, Talismans, was published by Hobblebush Books in 2014. She was a featured poet at Vanderbilt University’s Millennial Gathering of the Writers of the New South. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Kenyon Review, CAIRN, New Orleans Review, All Shook Up, Made Thing, and Cortland Review, among others. She is a past winner of the Agnes Scott Writer’s Festival. Maudelle volunteers with poetry and arts organizations and serves on several boards. She lives in Franconia, New Hampshire.
Dawn Potter, Creative Director of the Frost Place Studio Sessions
Dawn Potter is the author of nine books of prose and poetry, most recently Accidental Hymn, forthcoming in 2022. A finalist for the 2020 National Poetry Series, she has published new work in the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Salamander, and many other journals. Dawn directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching as well as the high school writing program at Monson Arts. As creative director of the Frost Place Studio Sessions, she’ll be immersed in work she truly loves: bringing artists and practitioners into enriching and collegial spaces. Her focus will be on designing a variety of workshops and seminars and developing collaborative projects with faculty and participants. Dawn lives in Portland, Maine, where she is slowly transforming her barren urban yard into a kitchen and cottage garden.
Carlene Gadapee, Associate Creative Director and Education Consultant
Carlene Gadapee is a master English teacher. She has more than thirty years’ experience in the classroom and holds advanced degrees in curriculum and design as well as in liberal studies. She has a long association with the Frost Place, not only as a conference participant but also as museum docent, project associate, and educator. In addition, she is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in numerous journals, including the Aurorean, Backchannels, The Blue Nib, Fishbowl Press, Thimble, Think, English Journal, and Smoky Quartz. Carlene brings a unique combination of talents to her new position as associate creative director of the Frost Place Studio Sessions: committed poet, exemplary educator, and enthusiastic organizer. She lives in Littleton, New Hampshire, with her husband, a bossy chi-pin dog, many fruit trees, and beehives.