Nov 12 ~ Three November Voices: Chelsea Woodard, Ralph Sneeden and Courtney Sender at the Word Barn in Exeter, NH

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Date(s) - November 12, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Word Barn


Visit  the Word Barn on Sunday, Nov. 12 for a special Silo Series reading celebrating three poets: Chelsea Woodard, Ralph Sneeden, and Courtney Sender.

All proceeds benefit The Word Barn

$5 suggested donation | Doors at 3:30pm | Reading at 4:00

Chelsea Woodard’s third collection, At the Lepidopterist’s House, won the 2022 Michael Waters Poetry Prize and was released from Southern Indiana Review Press in October 2023. She is also the author of the collections Solitary Bee (Measure Press, 2016) and Vellum (Able Muse Press, 2014). Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Southwest Review, 32 Poems, River Styx, and other journals, and is included in the forthcoming anthology, In the Tempered Dark: Contemporary Poets Transcending Elegy (Black Lawrence Press, 2024). She is the recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and a residency at Vermont Studio Center. She teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.

Ralph Sneeden is the author of two books of poetry: Evidence of the Journey (Harmon Blunt, 2007), the title poem of which received the Friends of Literature Prize from POETRY magazine, and Surface Fugue (EastOver Press, 2021), which won the “Best Book of the Year” award from Poetry Society of New Hampshire. His book of water-related essays, The Legible Element, was published by EastOver Press in July 2023. Sneeden’s work has appeared in a broad range of magazines including AGNI, American Poetry Review, The Common, Ecotone, Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Southwest Review, The Surfer’s Journal, and many others. Born in Los Angeles in 1960, he has received fellowships from MacDowell and The American School in London, and was a high school English teacher for almost forty years. He currently lives in NH, where he taught at Phillips Exeter Academy from 1995-2022.

Courtney Sender’s essays have appeared in The New York Times’; Modern Love, The Atlantic, and Slate, and her short stories have appeared in Ploughshares, AGNI, The Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, and many others. Her debut book, In Other Lifetimes All I’ve Lost Comes Back to Me (2023, WVU Press), was called “a stunner from the very first page” by Deesha Philyaw and “literary rock n’ roll” by Aimee Bender. A Yaddo and MacDowell fellow, Courtney holds an MFA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and an MTS from Harvard Divinity School. She writes about love, longing, and ghosts of the Holocaust, and she is currently at work on a debut novel.