POETRY READING with DORIANNE LAUX & JOE MILLAR
THURSDAY AUGUST 13 at 6PM
at CASTLE HILL, 10 MEETINGHOUSE ROAD, TRURO
Free for Castle Hill Members
Come to the back deck at Castle Hill and listen to two great poets read from their new books.
Dorianne Laux’s fifth collection, The Book of Men, winner of The Paterson Prize, is available from W.W. Norton. Her fourth book of poems, Facts about the Moon won The Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also author of Awake (Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary) What We Carry (finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award) and Smoke, as well as two fine small press editions, The Book of Women, and Dark Charms, both from Red Dragonfly Press. Co-author of The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry, she’s the recipient of three Best American Poetry Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Widely anthologized, her work has appeared in the Best of APR, The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and The Best of the Net. In 2001, she was invited by late Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz to read at the Library of Congress. In 2014 singer/songwriter Joan Osborne adapted her poem, “The Shipfitter’s Wife” and set it to music on her newest release, “Love and Hate”. Ce que nous portons (What We Carry,) translated by Helene Cardona, has just been published by Editions du Cygne Press, Paris. She directs the Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and is founding faculty of Pacific University's Low Residency MFA Program.
Joe Millar first collection, Overtime, was a finalist for the 2001 Oregon Book Award. His second collection, Fortune, appeared in 2007, followed by a third, Blue Rust, in 2012. Millar grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Johns Hopkins University before spending 25 years in the San Francisco Bay area working at a variety of jobs, from telephone repairman to commercial fisherman. It would be two decades before he returned to poetry. His work—stark, clean, unsparing—records the narrative of a life fully lived among fathers, sons, brothers, daughters, weddings and divorce, men and women. He has won fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a 2008 Pushcart Prize and has appeared in such magazines as DoubleTake, TriQuarterly, The Southern Review, APR, and Ploughshares. Millar teaches and is founding faculty in Pacific University's low-residency MFA. He has twice been a featured reader for The Dodge Festival, and has most recently taught poetry at the Catamaran Writing Conference at Pebble Beach, Poetry for Teachers of New Jersey, and The Raleigh Review Workshops. His poem, "Lyrical" is read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer's Almanac, and Millar can be seen reading his poem, "American Wedding" on PBS ("Poetry Everywhere").