Adult Programs

Friday November 3rd at 7:30 pm
An Evening of Poetry & Pie with Robin Becker & Jeffrey Harrison

Join us for an evening of Poetry & Pie with celebrated poets Robin Becker and Jeffrey Harrison. Poet Tom Sleigh writes of Becker, “For many years Robin Becker has been writing some of the best poems of our generation. Her devotion to what Frost called “vocal imagination” weds the laconic, half-humorous, half sorrowing quality of her speech to the quiet virtuosity of her music. But what I most value is her clear-eyed affection for other people. To quote Thom Gunn, her poems “bypass the self like love.” Robin Becker summers in Nelson, NH, where she is a fiddle student of Harvey Tolman. Her eighth collection, The Black Bear Inside Me (University of Pittsburgh Press, Spring 2018), includes many poems set in the Monadnock region. Professor Emeritus of English and Women’s Studies at Penn State, Becker serves as Poetry and Contributing Editor for The Women’s Review of Books. Her poems and book reviews have appeared recently in The Georgia Review and The New Yorker. 

Jeffrey Harrison is the author of five books of poetry, including The Singing Underneath, selected by James Merrill for the National Poetry Series in 1987; Feeding the Fire, winner of the Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club in 2002; Incomplete Knowledge, runner-up for the Poets’ Prize in 2008; and, in 2014, Into Daylight, winner of the Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press and selected by the Massachusetts Center for the Book as a Must-Read Book for 2015. In addition, a selected poems, The Names of Things, was published in 2006 by The Waywiser Press in the U.K. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the Bogliasco Foundation, among other honors. His poems have appeared widely in magazines and journals, as well as in Best American Poetry 2016 and 2017, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Poets of the New Century, The Twentieth Century in Poetry, and other anthologies, and been featured frequently on Garrison Keillor’s radio show “The Writer’s Almanac.” He lives in Massachusetts.

The Toadstool Bookshop will have books by both poets for sale at this reading. A portion of the proceeds go to the Hancock Town Library.