Union Institute & University’s Brattleboro Academic Center will host a poetry reading with Chard DeNiord, Julia Crane, and Lesle Lewis on Saturday, March 17, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Brattleboro Academic Center located at 3 University Way. Union alumnus and affiliate professor of Liberal Studies, Ben Mitchell, will host the reading. The event is part of an “Experience Day” where prospective students can sit in on various faculty seminars to observe and experience being a student at Union. Optional information sessions on adult student concerns, financial aid, and the application process will also be offered throughout the afternoon
CHARD DENIORD is the author of four books of poetry, The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), Night Mowing (The University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), Sharp Golden Thorn (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003), and Asleep in the Fire (University of Alabama Press, 1990). His book of essays and interviews with seven senior American poets titled Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs, Conversations and Reflections on Twentieth Century American Poets was published in December 2011 by Marick Press. He is the cofounder of the New England College M.F.A. program in Poetry and an associate professor of English at Providence College. He lives in Putney, Vermont.
JULIA CRANE is an affiliate professor of Liberal Studies at Union Institute & University. Crane’s poems have appeared in Anthropaphogy, Blood Lotus, Boulevard, Diner, 5AM, Mad Poets Review, Paper Street, Winterhawk Press, and elsewhere. She holds an M.F.A. in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her first book, Twisted Little Love Stories, is coming out from Finishing Line Press this spring.
LESLE LEWIS’ latest book lie down too, is the winner of the 2010 Beatrice Hawley Award. Her previous collections include Small Boat (winner of the 2002 Iowa Poetry Prize) and Landscapes I & II (winner of the Alice James Books New York/New England Prize). Lewis has also published poems in numerous journals including American Letters and Commentary, Northern New England Review, Green Mountains Review, Barrow Street, Sentence, The Massachusetts Review, The Cincinnati Review, Mississippi Review, Jubilat, and many others.
Lewis is a professor of English at Landmark College where she teaches composition, literature, and creative writing courses.