Date(s) - January 18, 2023
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Join us for an afternoon of verse with Ewa Chrusciel and Gary Bouchard. A poetry open mic will follow Ewa’s reading. Bring your favorite poem to read, or something you’ve been working on, or come with appreciative ears to listen! Tell a friend, as we seek to regrow our poetry community meetings in New Hampshire and at Gibson’s. This event is free and open to the public.
Bio – Ewa Chrusciel: Ewa Chrusciel is a poet, translator, and associate professor at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. She is the author of four books of poems in English–Yours, Purple Gallinule (Omnidawn 2022), Of Annunciations, Contraband of Hoopoe, and Strata–as well as three books in Polish.
Ewa Chrusciel’s fourth and newest book in English, Yours, Purple Gallinule, playfully explores health and illness as they are culturally constructed. Using research into clinical understandings of mental afflictions and their treatments through history, Chrusciel maps various diagnostics onto an array of bird species. A lyrical satire, the book is a reflection on a society that tends to over-diagnose, misdiagnose, and over-medicate. These poems pose questions about what it means to be unique and to accept pain and suffering as a fact of life.
Bio – Gary Bouchard: Gary Bouchard is founding Executive Director of the Gregory J. Grappone Humanities Institute at Saint Anselm College, where he has taught in the English Department for over three decades. During those years he also served as Department Chair and as the College’s Executive Vice President. A specialist in the field of Early Modern poetry, he is the author of Colin’s Campus: Cambridge University and the English Eclogue (2000) and Southwell’s Sphere: The Influence of England’s Secret Poet (2019). Gary is the Consulting Editor and a Catholic Press Association award-winning writer for Parable, the magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire. In addition to his most recent book, What News Horatio?, he published Twenty Poems to Pray in 2019 with Liturgical Press.
Masks are strongly encouraged but no longer required for vaccinated attendees. We can’t predict the future course of the pandemic, so Gibson’s reserves the right to institute masking and/or vaccination rules for this event as circumstances dictate.
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Event date: Wednesday, January 18 – 4:30PM
Event address: 45 South Main Street, Concord, NH 03301