PSNH Presents on March 7 @ 7pm (ET) – Betsy Sholl: First Person in Poetry

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Date(s) - March 7, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


Join PSNH on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 for a presentation by Betsy Sholl that looks at the role and use of the first person “I” in our poems.

In an interview with Image Journal about the transformations she’s seen in her own work, Sholl says, “I try to look outward more, to be an ‘eye’ some of the time, rather than an ‘I.’”

The “I” is at the heart of lyric poetry, giving voice to the lone soul or self in the midst of all the pressures of social machinery.  But are there times when we can step away from the “I” and let just our “eye” do the work?  For Betsy, using an “I” is almost automatic, and so she finds herself looking for ways to slip out of it.

Bio: Betsy Sholl’s tenth collection of poetry is As If a Song Could Save You (University of Wisconsin Press, 2022).  Her ninth collection of poetry is House of Sparrows: New and Selected Poems (University of Wisconsin, 2019), winner of the Four Lakes Prize. Other awards include a Maine Book Award for Poetry, The Felix Pollak Prize, the AWP Prize for Poetry.  She teaches in the MFA in Writing Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts and served as Poet Laureate of Maine from 2006 to 2011.  She was awarded the 2020 Distinguished Achievement Award from Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.


Latest Book: As If a Song Could Save You (Wisconsin Poetry Series) Paperback – November 15, 2022


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