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2021 Conference On Poetry and Teaching Faculty

About the Faculty

Dawn Potter directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching, held each summer at Robert Frost’s home in Franconia, New Hampshire. In addition, she leads the high school writing program at Monson Arts, co-directs the Kauffmann Summer Writing Seminar, and occasionally offers online poetry and nonfiction classes through 24PearlStreet. When not teaching, she works as a manuscript consultant and as a freelance editor for literary and academic presses.

Dawn was a finalist for the 2020 National Poetry Series. She is the author or editor of eight books of prose and poetry–most recently, the poetry collection Chestnut Ridge (2019).  Her memoir, Tracing Paradise: Two Years in Harmony with John Milton, won the 2010 Maine Literary Award in Nonfiction, and she has received grants and fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Writer’s Center, and the Maine Arts Commission. Her poems and essays have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Sewanee Review, the Threepenny Review, the Times Literary Supplement, and many other journals in the United States and abroad.

Dawn lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband, the photographer Thomas Birtwistle.


Kerrin McCadden is the author of American Wake (forthcoming from Black Sparrow Press), Keep This to Yourself, winner of the Button Poetry Prize, and Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, winner of the Vermont Book Award and the New Issues Poetry Prize. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and is Associate Poetry Editor at Persea Press. She lives in South Burlington, Vermont.


Teresa Carson’s work centers on the themes of time, memory, and the stories we humans tell.

She holds an MFA in Poetry and an MFA in Theatre, both from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of four collections of poetry: Elegy for a Floater (CavanKerry Press, 2008); My Crooked House (CavanKerry Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize; The Congress of Human Oddities (Deerbrook Editions, 2015); and Visit to an Extinct City (Deerbrook Editions, 2021).

She lives in Florida, where so co-curates two programs aimed at fostering cross-disciplinary collaborations and putting art into public settings: The Unbroken Thread[s] Project and Art in Common Places. She frequently contributes her ideas about poetry on the CavanKerry Press blog and in a weekly “poem blast” la poesia della settimana


BJ Ward is the author of Jackleg Opera: Collected Poems, 1990-2013, which received the Paterson Poetry Prize. His other books are Gravedigger’s Birthday , 17 Love Poems with No Despair, and Landing in New Jersey with Soft Hands. All are published by North Atlantic Books (Berkeley, CA) and distributed by Random House.

As an Author: Ward’s poetry has been featured on National Public Radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac,” NJTV’s “State of the Arts,” and the web site Poetry Daily, as well as in publications such as Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The New York Times, TriQuarterly, and The Sun, among other journals.

His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Inside Jersey, The Worcester Review, and Teaching Artist Journal, as well as on the American Library Association’s main library advocacy web site during National Library Week. One of his poems (“For the Children of the World Trade Center Victims”) has been cast in bronze and acquired as part of the permanent collection at Grounds for Sculpture, an outdoor sculpture museum in Hamilton, New Jersey.

Ward is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for Poetry and two Distinguished Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The Star-Ledger has named Ward one of the “10 Dynamic Jersey Artists Not Named Springsteen” who are “making a difference,” citing his poetry’s “music and physicality.”

 As a Teacher: Ward has received the Governor’s Award in Arts Education from the State of New Jersey and has been designated Distinguished Teaching Artist by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. He was also named Teaching Artist of the Year by Playwrights’ Theatre of New Jersey for his work in the New Jersey Writers Project. He has taught at The Frost Place, the Controlled Burn Writers’ Seminar, and the New Jersey Governor’s School of the Arts. He is the recipient of the NISOD Excellence Award at Warren County Community College in New Jersey, where he teaches throughout the year in the Creative Writing program. He has been honored with the President’s Merit Award at the Warren County Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Recent appearances include University of Delaware, Rutgers (New Brunswick) Writers’ Conference, Monmouth University’s Bruce Springsteen Symposium, the Lewes (DE) Writers’ Conference, the Princeton Public Library, and the 17th Biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, among others. In 2019, he taught in the Creative Writing program at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.

He lives near the Musconetcong River in Lebanon Township, NJ, with his partner, the writer Laurie Granieri, and his eleven-year-old son.


Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017), a recipient of fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Frost Place, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Previously, he taught creative writing at Seton Hall, Drew University, and St. Joseph’s College, as well as poetry workshops for the Cave Canem Foundation. His poems and prose have recently appeared or are forthcoming in New York Times Magazine, upstreet, American Poets, The Rumpus, and Hunger Mountain, among others. He currently lives in Brooklyn.