We at the Frost Place are thrilled to announce the launch of a new venture: The Frost Place Studio Sessions!
The Studio Sessions will offer year-round online programming: generative and revision workshops, manuscript support, readings, teacher roundtables, seminars, lectures, and more. Our goal is to honor the heart of the Frost Place—its commitment to poetry and the teaching of poetry—while moving toward broader engagement with other art forms and endeavors. As our program grows, we look forward to hosting sessions led by some of the finest poets, artists, and teachers working today.
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.
The Frost Place Studio Sessions Programming for 2021–2022
We are launching The Frost Place Studio Sessions with a series of generative Writing Weekends, a Poets at Work seminar focusing on chapbook development, and our new conversation series set for 2022, Frost Place Fridays. Stay tuned for more to come!
First on our calendar is a three-session Poets at Work chapbook development, Learning from Nina Simone: An Introductory Chapbook Seminar, facilitated by Dawn Potter. Using Nina Simone’s debut album as our touchstone, participants will consider how individual poems can work together to create a web of themes, and experiment with ways to create dramatic movement and variety within those themes. The goal will be to develop an architecture to use as a foundation for constructing a future chapbook. The meeting dates are September 12, 19, and 26, Sundays 1-4 pm.
Next, is Revisiting Homer’s Odyssey. In this weekend workshop facilitated by Dawn Potter, participants will use selected passages from Emily Wilson’s new translation of the epic poem to discuss a variety of overarching themes connected to issues of choice, control, and consequence. Linked writing prompts will tie these themes to explorations within our own lives, both as individuals and as members of the human community. This workshop will meet on November 13-14, with the day sessions starting at 10 am.
On the horizon are three weekend workshops, titled The Nation as Muse: Learning from 20th-Century Polish Poets, Writing the Urban Landscape: The Poetry of New York City, and Work Songs: Poems of Labor and Struggle. These workshops will be facilitated by Dawn Potter; please look for the applications in late 2021 to early 2022.
Please note that each workshop will be held virtually on Zoom, and each has limited seats available. Registering early is highly recommended. Also, for some workshops, continuing education credit is available. If you have any questions at all about the format, the topics, or if you have suggestions for workshops you’d like to see, please let us know. These sessions are for you, and we hope you find them interesting and useful.