August brings with it an exciting program as part of the Frost Farm’s Hyla Brook Reading Series. It will feature poet and doctor Jenna Le, along with Hyla Brook Poet Melissa Juchniewicz on Thursday, August 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Hyla Brook Reading Series publicist Kyle Potvin said, “This series, held at the Frost Farm, located at 122 Rockingham Road on Route 28 in Derry, is free and open to the public. An open mic follows the readings, and all audience members are invited to share their work.”
Le is the author of two full-length poetry collections, ”Six Rivers” (2011) and ”A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora” (2016). Born to Vietnamese immigrant parents in Minnesota, she now lives and works as a physician in Lebanon. Her poems have appeared in AGNI Online, Bellevue Literary Review, The Best of the Raintown Review, The Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, and The Village Voice. More information can be found on her website, jennalewriting.com.
Also appearing on August 10 is Melissa Juchniewicz, a member of the Frost Farm’s Hyla Brook Poets since 2011. She belongs to the Poetry Society of New Hampshire and New Hampshire Writers’ Project. She teaches writing, literature, and education courses at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Northern Essex Community College. Her publications include ”Visible Voices: Literacy and the Invisible Homeless,” “Thoreau’s Legacy: American Stories of Global Warming,” and her poetry has appeared in The Poets Touchstone, The Offering, and Slippery Sins. She and her husband are residents of Chester.
Potvin explained that the Hyla Brook Reading Series ends its 2017 season on Thursday, September 14 with featured reader Meredith Bergmann. Through September, the Hyla Brook Poets’ monthly writing workshop meets on the third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at its summer home, the Frost Farm, before moving to the Derry Public Library.
Under the leadership of Robert W. Crawford, Derry Poet Laureate, Frost Farm Poetry’s mission is to support the writing and reading of poetry, especially metrical poetry. The Hyla Brook Poets started in 2008 as a monthly poetry workshop. In March 2009, the monthly Hyla Brook Reading Series launched with readings by emerging poets as well as luminaries such as Maxine Kumin, Sharon Olds and Richard Blanco. From there, the Frost Farm Poetry Prize for metrical poetry was introduced in 2010, with the Frost Farm Conference beginning in 2015. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.frostfarmpoetry.org, facebook.com/HylaBrookPoets.