Program References



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 Owen Lewis (October 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.)  Click Here for Recording

Owen Lewis, is the author of three collections of poetry mostly recently Field Light (2020, Dos Madres Press) Marriage Map (2017, Dos Madres Press), and Sometimes Full of Daylight (Dos Madres Press, 2013) and two chapbooks. He is the recipient of the 2016 International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, and best man (Dos Madres Press, 2015) recipient of the 2016 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize of the New England Poetry Club. He was also a finalist for the Pablo Neruda Award of The Nimrod International Journal in 2017. Other awards from The Mississippi Review, Connecticut River Review, and the Kent and Sussex Poetry Society (UK). He is a psychiatrist and professor at Columbia University where he teaches Narrative Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. website:


Field Light, 2020

Marriage Map, 2017

best man, 2015

Sometimes Full of Daylight, 2013

New Pictures at an Exhibition (with composer Seymour Bernstein,

          multi-media work) 1978

Book List from Steve Ratiner (October 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.) Ratiner is the author of three poetry chapbooks, most recently Button, Button, a collaboration with artist Marty Cain. His work has appeared in dozens of journals in America and abroad including Parnassus, Agni, Blackbird, Hanging Loose, Poet Lore, Salamander, QRLS (Singapore), HaMusach (Israel), and Poetry Australia. He’s written poetry criticism for The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and The San Francisco Chronicle.  Giving Their Word – Conversations with Contemporary Poets was re-issued in a paperback edition (University of Massachusetts Press) and features interviews with many of poetry’s most vital talents including Seamus Heaney, Mary Oliver, Charles Simic, Bei Dao, Maxine Kumin, and the last full-length interview with Bill Stafford before his death.

Since 1980, he has taught over 300 intensive poetry residencies in schools throughout New England as part of the Massachusetts Artists-in-Residence Program.  He has recently become the on-air poet-in-residence for Words That Cook, a nationally-syndicated public access program, created by The Reading Railroad, which focuses on children’s literacy.  For several years, he was on the adjunct faculty of Wheelock and Lesley College’s Graduate Program and has given lectures on poetry and workshop techniques in many schools around New England including Boston University, Tufts University, Lesley University, Boston College and Long Island University — and for such organizations as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Programs, The New England Schools Development Council and the New England Library Association.

One of his special focuses is the poetry and cultural heritage of East Asia and he has taught numerous workshops for Primary Source’s China seminars and Bryant University’s U.S.-China Institute.  In the textbook, The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China: Primary Source Lessons for Teachers and Students (Cheng & Tsui), Mr. Ratiner authored the chapter on Chinese poetry. He was awarded one of the inaugural fellowships from The  Massachusetts Cultural Council to encourage artists to develop new curricula.  A Poet’s Retreat, the program he created, explores the parallel experiences of poets in ancient Chinese and contemporary American cultures.

Book List from Hilary Jacqmin (September 30, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.) Hilary S. Jacqmin is the author of Missing Persons, which was named one of The Beat‘s top Baltimore books of 2017. She earned her BA from Wesleyan University, her MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and her MFA from the University of Florida. She lives in Baltimore, where she is a production editor and catalog coordinator at Johns Hopkins University Press. Her work has appeared in 32 Poems, Painted Bride Quarterly, PANK, Best New Poets, DIAGRAM, FIELD, and elsewhere.
Book List from Anne Fowler (September 23, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.) The Reverend Anne Carroll Fowler is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director, and pastoral counselor in Portland, Maine. Her work has appeared in many journals and is included in several anthologies. Four of her chapbooks were published by Pudding House Press, and a fifth won the Frank Cat Press 2002 Chapbook Contest. For 10 Years she ran the Chapter & Verse Reading Series in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
Book List from Jeffrey Harrison (September 16, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.) Jeffrey Harrison is the author of six full-length books of poetry—The Singing Underneath (1988), selected by James Merrill for the National Poetry Series, Signs of Arrival (1996), Feeding the Fire (2001), winner of the Sheila Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club, Incomplete Knowledge (2006), runner-up for the Poets’ Prize, Into Daylight, published in 2014 by Tupelo Press as the winner of the Dorset Prize, and Between Lakes, forthcoming from Four Way Books in September 2020. A selection of early poems, The Names of Things, was published in 2006 by The Waywiser Press in the U.K. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, as well as other honors, his poems have appeared widely in magazines and journals, in Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Poets of the New Century, The Twentieth Century in Poetry, and other anthologies, and been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, American Life in Poetry, Poetry Daily, and other online and media venues. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities, as well as at Phillips Academy, where he was Writer-in-Residence, and has visited many high schools to read from his work and discuss poetry with students. He lives in Massachusetts.

Book List from Kate Hollander (September 9, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.)  Kate Hollander is a poet and an historian of modern Europe, as well as a critic and translator. During the 2019/2020 academic year, she taught creative writing at Boston University and European and world history at Simmons University.  Kate is the author of a book of poems, My German Dictionary, out from the Waywiser Press in October, 2019 and is the winner of the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, judged by Charles Wright.

Book List from Ted Mathys (September 2, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.)  Ted Mathys is the author of Gold Cure, forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2020, as well as Null Set (2015), The Spoils (2009) and Forge (2005). He is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and St. Louis Regional Arts Commission. He was selected by Alice Notley for the Poetry Society of America’s Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, and his poetry and criticism have appeared in American Poetry Review, BOMB, Boston Review, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, jubilat, Fence, The Georgia Review, PBS NewsHour and other publications.

Book List from Ellen Steinbaum (August 19, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.)  Ellen Steinbaum is an author and poet of many books, including her newest book, This Next Tenderness. She has a “Blog” page “Reading and Writing and the Occasional Recipe,” which she has been writing since 2009. She also wrote “City Type,” the Boston Globe column from 2002 to 2009.
Book List from Emmalea Russo (August 12, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.)  Emmalea Russo is an artist, writer, and astrologer. Her interdisciplinary work focuses on edge spaces in human consciousness and art. Her books are G (2018) and Wave Archive (2019). She received an MFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute, an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College and has studied ancient and modern astrology for several years, most recently with Acyuta-bhava Dasa of Nightlight Astrology. Emmalea has been an artist in residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and 18th Street Arts Center. She has taught classes and workshops through Northeastern University, RA MA Institute, Parsons School of Design, The Art Institute of Cincinnati, and her Arthouse Astrology School and keeps a weekly newsletter. Her work has appeared or been written-up in Artforum, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Bust, Cosmopolitan, Granta, Hyperallergic, Los Angeles Review of Books, Publishers Weekly, SF MOMA’s Open Space, and The Yale Review. She lives between NYC and the Jersey shore.
Book List from Emily Perez (August 5, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  Emily Pérez is the author House of Sugar, House of Stone, and the chapbooks Backyard Migration Route and Made and Unmade. She graduated with honors from Stanford University and earned an MFA at the University of Houston, where she served as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast and taught with Writers in the Schools. A CantoMundo fellow and Ledbury Emerging Critic, her poems have appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue, Copper Nickel, Fairy Tale Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry, Diode, and other journals. She is a regular reviewer for RHINO and her reviews have also appeared in The Boston Review, The Rumpus, and LA Review. She teaches English and Gender Studies in Denver where she lives with her family.Books:

House of Sugar, House of Stone (Center for Literary Publishing, 2016) (full length)
Made and Unmade (Madhouse Press, 2019) (chapbook)
Backyard Migration Route (Finishing Line Press, 2010) (chapbook)
My website is:

Book List from Jessica Laser and Kendra Allen (July 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.) Jessica Laser was born and raised in Chicago. She is the author of Planet Drill (Futurepoem Books, forthcoming) and Sergei Kuzmich from All Sides (Letter Machine Editions, 2019). Recently, her work has appeared online at the Poetry Foundation and in The Iowa Review. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is pursuing a doctorate in English at UC Berkeley.

Kendra Allen is author of essay collection When You Learn The Alphabet and winner of the 2018 Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction for University of Iowa Press. Born and raised in Dallas, TX, she holds an MFA from the University of Alabama. You can find other works from her in brevity, december, and The Rumpus among others. Her poetry collection, The Collection Plate, is forthcoming from Ecco.

Book List from Scott Cunningham (July 22, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.)
Scott Cunningham is a poet and essayist originally from Boca Raton, FL. He is the author of Ya Te Veo (University of Arkansas Press, 2018), selected by Billy Collins for the Miller Williams Poetry Series. His work has appeared in The Awl, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, POETRY, A Public Space, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Monocle, RHINO, The Guardian, PANK, Electric Literature, and others. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he is the founder and director of O, Miami, a non-profit organization that celebrates Miami, FL through the lens of poetry, and the co-founder & executive editor of Jai-Alai Books, a regional publishing imprint. Named one of “20 Under 40 Emerging South Florida Leaders” by The Miami Herald and one of 51 “brilliant urbanites who are helping to build the cities of America’s future” by Fast Company, he lives in Miami with his wife, Christina, and his daughters, Ada and Frankie.
Book List from Wendy Mnookin (July 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.)  Wendy Mnookin received her BA from Radcliffe College and her MFA in Writing from Vermont College. She has received a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a book prize from the New England Poetry Club. Her poems have been featured on Poetry Daily and The Writer’s Almanac.

Mnookin has taught poetry at Emerson College, Boston College, Grub Street–a writing center in Boston–as well as at various writing workshops. Her most recent book is Dinner with Emerson, from Tiger Bark Press. Her other books are The Moon Makes Its Own Plea, What He Took, and To Get Here, all from BOA Editions, and Guenever Speaks, a collection of persona poems. Wendy lives with her husband in Newton, Massachusetts, where they raised their three children. You can find out more about her work at

Book List from Daniel Poppick (July 8, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.)
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 Malachi Black (July 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.)

Malachi Black is the author of the poetry collection Storm Toward Morning (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award and a selection for the PSA’s New American Poets series (chosen by Ilya Kaminsky). Black is also the author of two limited edition chapbooks: Quarantine (Argo Books, 2012) and Echolocation (Float Press, 2010). His poems appear or are forthcoming in AGNI, The American Poetry Review, The Believer, Boston Review, Harvard Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Narrative, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and The Southern Review, among other journals, and in several recent and forthcoming anthologies, including Before the Door of God:  An Anthology of Devotional Poetry (Yale U.P., 2013), Discoveries:  New Writing from The Iowa Review (Iowa Review, 2012), and The Poet’s Quest for God (Eyewear Publishing [U.K.], 2016). A 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, Black has also received fellowships and awards from the Amy Clampitt House, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Emory University, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, the Poetry Foundation (a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship), the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Yaddo. Black was the subject of an Emerging Poet profile by Mark Jarman in American Poet: The Journal of the Academy of American Poets, and his work has several times been set to music and has been featured in exhibitions both in the U.S. and abroad, including recent and forthcoming translations into French, Dutch, Croatian, and Lithuanian. Black is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of San Diego and lives in California.

Only full-length publication to date: Storm Toward Morning(Copper Canyon Press, 2014). I am at work on a second collection, Indirect Light, from which I likely read, at least in part.

My website is

Book List from James Arthur (June 24, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.)
Canadian-American poet James Arthur is the author of The Suicide’s Son (Véhicule Press 2019) and Charms Against Lightning (Copper Canyon Press, 2012.) His poems have also appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Review of Books, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, and The London Review of Books. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Stegner Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship to Northern Ireland, and a Visiting Fellowship at Exeter College, Oxford. Arthur lives in Baltimore, where he teaches in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

My website is, and I am also on Twitter under the name @jamesarthurpoet

My two published books are 

The Suicide’s Son (Véhicule Press, 2019)

Charms Against Lightning (Copper Canyon Press, 2013)

Book List from Peter Kline (June 17, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.)  Peter Kline teaches writing at the University of San Francisco and Stanford University.  A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he has also received residency fellowships from the Amy Clampitt House, James Merrill House, Marble House Project, Artsmith Orcas Island, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Foundation.  His poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, and many other journals, as well as the Best New Poets series, the Verse Daily website, and the Random House anthology of metrical poetry, Measure for Measure.  Since 2012 he has directed the San Francisco literary reading series Bazaar Writers Salon.  He is the author of two poetry collections, Deviants (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2013), and Mirrorforms, which was published by Parlor Press/Free Verse Editions in the fall of 2019.  He lives in San Francisco.


Poetry Books:

Mirrorforms – Parlor Press/Free Verse Editions, 2019

Deviants – Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2013

Book List from P. Scott Cunningham (Session 8, June 10, 2020 – Postponed)
Scott Cunningham is a poet and essayist originally from Boca Raton, FL. He is the author of Ya Te Veo (University of Arkansas Press, 2018), selected by Billy Collins for the Miller Williams Poetry Series. His work has appeared in The Awl, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, POETRY, A Public Space, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Monocle, RHINO, The Guardian, PANK, Electric Literature, and others. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he is the founder and director of O, Miami, a non-profit organization that celebrates Miami, FL through the lens of poetry, and the co-founder & executive editor of Jai-Alai Books, a regional publishing imprint. Named one of “20 Under 40 Emerging South Florida Leaders” by The Miami Herald and one of 51 “brilliant urbanites who are helping to build the cities of America’s future” by Fast Company, he lives in Miami with his wife, Christina, and his daughters, Ada and Frankie.
Book List from Ken Haas (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 (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 (May 13, 2020)Jaswinder 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 Davis (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 (April 29, 2020)  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 (April 22, 2020)  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 (April 15, 2020)

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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