Local poet remembers Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon at event

Monitor staff
Published: 4/16/2019 7:01:35 PM

In honor of National Poetry Month, poet Wesley McNair will offer a recollection of his literary friendship with Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon, which began in the mid-1970s, just after the two moved into their farmhouse in Wilmot. Interspersing his account with poems and personal anecdotes, McNair will show how he and his new neighbors developed as poets of place, all drawing on details from the same patch of ground to create New England visions that were both different and distinctive. The event will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Wilmot Public Library. A reception and book signing will follow the program.

McNair has been called by poet Philip Levine “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.” The author of 10 volumes of poetry and 22 books, he has held grants from the Guggenheim and Fulbright foundations, two grants in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, and an Emmy award. He has twice been invited to read his poetry at the Library of Congress, and has served five times on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, and was recently selected for a United States Artists Fellowhip as one of America’s “finest living artists.” In 2015, he was named as the recipient of the PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry. His current book of poems is The Unfastening.

For questions or more information on the event, call the library at 526-6804.

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