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The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives invites you to Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul to take place on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. during the months of April and May 2020. This event will be hosted virtually through The Stockbridge Library Zoom account.
Our highlighted poet will recite a number of poems and provide insight into one or several of the poems, immediately followed by a question and answer session. The online poetry event will last one hour.
Book List from Daniel Poppick (Session 7 – June 3, 2020)
Daniel Poppick is the author of Fear of Description (Penguin, 2019), a winner of the National Poetry Series, and The Police (Omnidawn, 2017). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Harper’s, BOMB, The Yale ReviewLit Hub, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn, where he works as a copywriter and co-edits the Catenary Press.
Book List from Ken Haas (Session 6 – May 27, 2020)

Ken Haas has been published in more than fifty journals, including Clare, Cottonwood, Existere, Forge, The Helix, Natural Bridge, Poet Lore, Quiddity, and Spoon River. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, has won the Betsy Colquitt Poetry Award, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. He received a BA in History and Literature from Harvard College, and an MA in English from the University of Sussex, U.K., where he wrote his dissertation on Wallace Stevens. The son of European immigrants, Ken grew up in New York City and now lives in San Francisco where he works in healthcare and sponsors a weekly poetry writing program at UCSF Children’s Hospital.

Borrowed Light, Red Mountain Press (June, 2020),

Book List from Caki Wilkinson (Session 5 – May 13, 2020)
Caki Wilkinson is the author of the poetry collections Circles Where the Head Should Be (2011), which won the Vassar Miller Prize, and The Wynona Stone Poems (2015), which won the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award from Persea Books. Recent poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, Sewanee Review, and The Nation, and her new collection, The Survival Expo, is forthcoming in 2021. She lives in Memphis, TN and is an Associate Professor of English at Rhodes College, where she also directs the creative writing program.
The Wynona Stone Poems. Persea Books, 2015.
Book List from Jaswinder Bolina (Session 4 – May 13, 2020)

Recording of Jaswinder Bolina Poetry Reading

inder Bolina is an American writer. His first collection of essays Of Color will be published in June 2020 and is currently available for pre-order from McSweeney’s. His most recent collection of poetry The 44th of July was released by Omnidawn in April 2019. It’s been named a finalist for the 2019 Big Other Book Award and was long-listed for the 2019 PEN America Open Book Award. His previous collections include Phantom Camera (winner of the 2012 Green Rose Prize in Poetry from New Issues Press), Carrier Wave (winner of the 2006 Colorado Prize for Poetry from the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University), and the digital chapbook The Tallest Building in America (Floating Wolf Quarterly 2014). An international edition of Phantom Camera is available from Hachette India. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and been included in The Best American Poetry series.


Of Color, McSweeney’s, forthcoming June 2020
Of Color (audiobook), Tantor, forthcoming June 2020
The 44th of July, Omnidawn Publishing, 88 pp., April 2019
The Tallest Building in America (digital chapbook), Floating Wolf Quarterly Press, 25 pp., June 2014 Phantom Camera (International Edition), Hachette Book Group, 78 pp., July 2013
Phantom Camera, New Issues Press, Western Michigan University, Winner of the 2012 Green Rose Prize in Poetry, 74 pp., March 2013
Carrier Wave, Center for Literary Publishing, Colorado State University, Winner of the 2006 Colorado Prize for Poetry, 96 pp., January 2007


Here: 20 Writers of Color on the New South, Hub City Writers Project, 2020: “Foreign & Domestic,” Welcome to the Neighborhood, Ohio University Press/Swallow Press, 2019: “Pornograph, with Americana” One Small Blow Against Encroaching Totalitarianism, McSweeney’s, 2019: “An Oath to All of Us,”
Favorite Poem Project, October 2018: “Make Believe” performed by dancer and choreographer Dahlia

CREDO: An Anthology ofManifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing, Cambridge Writers’ Workshop

and C&R Press, 2018: “What I Tell Them”
The Golden Shovel Anthology: A Tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks, The University of Arkansas Press, February

2017: “Jessie Mitchell’s Father,”
The Norton Reader (14th edition), W.W. Norton, 2016: “Writing Like a White Guy”
A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race, University of Georgia Press, 2015: “Writing Like a White Guy” Language: A Reader for Writers, Oxford University Press, December 2013: “Writing Like a White Guy”

Book List from James Phillip (Session 4 – May 6, 2020)

James Phillip Davis is the author of Club Q, his first collection, which won the 15th Annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and will be published in Fall 2020 by The Waywiser Press. His poems have appeared in two installments of the Best New Poets anthology (2011 & 2019), as well as numerous print and online journals, including Cartridge Lit, Copper Nickel, The Gay & Lesbian Review, Nimrod, and 32 Poems. He was a writer-in-residence at The Mastheads in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 2019, and he holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. He lives in Denver. Find more of his work online at


  • Two PoemsNimrod, Spring/Summer 2020
  • Personal,” Cream City Review, Fall/Winter 2019
  • In Houston,” Best New Poets 2019
  • “Magnavox Opus,” Harpur Palate, Summer/Fall 2019
  • Bi,” The Gay & Lesbian Review, July/August 2019
  • Charity,” Gargoyle, No. 59, 2013
  • “American Gothic,” Copper Nickel, No. 18, October 2012
  • Aa,” Best New Poets 2011
  • Shout to the Lord,” 32 Poems, Volume 9 No. 2, Fall/Winter 2011
  • Slide Show,” NANO Fiction, Volume 1 No. 2, Fall/Winter 2008
  • Bathrooms,” Glass Mountain, Volume 2, Fall 2007
  • “Vigil,” Glass Mountain, Volume 1, Spring 2007


Book List from Dora Malech (Session 3 – April 29, 2020)

Recording of Dora Malech Poetry Reading

Dora Malech, author of four books of poems, most recently, Flourish (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2020) and Stet (Princeton University Press, 2018). In 2019, Eris Press published Soundings, a UK Selection of Malech’s poems and drawings. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Best American Poetry, and numerous other publications. She is the recipient of awards that include an Amy Clampitt Residency Award, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, a Mary Sawyers Baker Prize, and a Writer’s Fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. She has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome and a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Saint Mary’s College of California. She lives in Baltimore, where she is an assistant professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Say So(Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011)
Shore Ordered Ocean (The Waywiser Press, 2009)


Book List from Sarah Trudgeon & Christian Schlegel (Session 2 – April 22, 2020)

Recording of Sarah Trudgeon & Christian Schlegel Poetry Reading 

Sarah Trudgeon is the author of the chapbooks Dreams of Unhappiness(Poetry Society of America) and The Plot Against the Baby (dancing girl press). Her poems have appeared in The London Review of Books, The Nation, The Paris Review, The TLS, and The Yale Review, among other publications. She is the director of operations for the Pittsfield writers’ residency and public humanities project The Mastheads and teaches poetry in public schools.

Christian Schlegel is a poet, scholar of poetry, and teacher. Born and raised in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Chris studied German and creative writing at Princeton and received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2013. He is now completing his doctoral dissertation at Harvard; he lives in Germantown, New York. Schlegel’s first book, Honest James, was published by The Song Cave in 2015.

Book List from Jessica Piazza (Session 1 – April 15, 2020)

Recording of Jessica Piazza Poetry Reading  

Jessica Piazza is the author of three prize-winning poetry collections and a children’s book. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jessica now lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches Writing, Critical Thinking & Rhetoric at the University of Southern California. She is the recipient of the 2019 Amy Clampitt residency, and co-founder of Bat City Review (Austin, TX) and Gold Line Press (Los Angeles, CA). Her recent work appears in Best American Poetry, Baltimore Review, Upstreet and Smartish Pace.


Interrobang (Red Hen Press)
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Obliterations (Red Hen Press)
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This is not a sky (Black Lawrence Press)
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Olivia Otter Builds Her Raft (Feminem)
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