Date(s) - January 17, 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Open mic, third Wednesday of each month 5pm – 7pm at Bookery Manchester in Manchester, NH.
Hosted by NAV Arts. Featured reader Derek Thomas Dew will open the event.
WHEN: January 17, 2024 – 5pm – 7pm
WHERE: Bookery MHT, 844 Elm St. Manchester, NH
Derek Thomas Dew’s first collection of poetry, Riddle Field, won the 2019 Interim Test Site Poetry Series Prize. Derek’s poems have appeared in Interim, Twyckenham Notes, The Maynard, The Curator, Two Hawks Quarterly, and Hawaii Pacific Review.
“Dew is an exciting and complex new voice in contemporary poetry.” —Publisher’s Weekly
Derek used unforgettable images and the quiet strength of hard-won survival, Riddle Field tackles the complex process of achieving self-awareness and recovery in the wake of profound trauma.
The beautifully crafted poems in Riddle Field explore two parallel themes, the impact of the impending destruction of a dam on a small town and the trauma of sexual abuse and eventual recovery from it. This work focuses on the environment, human and physical, in which the loss of nature and innocence is born and calls attention to the many ways we create both intimacy and distance when trauma is hidden or denied. Derek Thomas Dew’s language is harsh, honest, and sometimes heartbreaking. His poems capture the confusion and fatigue that must be navigated for a victim of abuse to piece himself back together and the internal strife that comes with carrying a traumatic secret that can no longer be ignored.
Read more about Derek at www.derekthomasdew.com