Calliope, a community for poets, will present its next reading on Sunday, June 14th from 3 to 5 PM at the Library. Featured poets are Barbara Crooker, January Gill O’Neil, and Irene Willis. Open mic sign-up at 2:45 PM. $5 suggested donation.
Barbara Crooker is the author of six books of poetry, including Radiance, which won the Word Press First Book Award, Line Dance, winner of the 2009 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence, More (2010), Gold (2013), Small Rain (2014) and Barbara Crooker: Selected Poems (2015). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Beloit Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Poetry International and in many anthologies, including Good Poems for Hard Times (Garrison Keillor, editor). Barbara is the recipient of an array of awards, fellowships and residencies, some of which are: the 2007 Pen and Brush Poetry Prize and the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, a residency in France and in Ireland and sixteen residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Her poetry has been read on the BBC, by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac, and in Ted Kooser’s column, An American Life in Poetry.
January Gill O’Neil is the author of Misery Islands (2014), which was recently selected for a 2015 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence, and Underlife (2009), both published by CavanKerryPress. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and an assistant professor of English at Salem State University. Among her numerous publications and awards, January’s poems have appeared in the Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, Seattle Review and in Cave Canem anthologies II & IV. She was awarded a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant and was featured in the January/February 2010 Inspiration Issue of Poets & Writers as one of its 12 debut poets. A Cave Canem fellow, January runs a popular blog called Poet Mom (poetmom.blogspot.com). January earned her MFA at New York University and lives with her two children in Beverly, MA.
Irene Willis is the author of four collections of poetry, including Reminder (2014). They Tell Me You Danced (1995), At the Fortune Café (2005) and Those Flames (2009). Irene’s awards include winning the Violet Reed Haas Prize for At the Fortune Café, a Distinguished Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a residency fellowship from the Millay Colony for the Arts, and grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Berkshire/Taconic Foundation. She is also the Poetry Editor of the online publication, International Psychoanalysis. A longtime educator who has “retired” three times, Irene has most recently taught at Westfield State University and at the American International College in western Massachusetts.