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Thursday, April 15 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Poetry Month Celebration with Mass. Book Award Poetry Winners

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Enjoy a Poetry Month Celebration with local award-winning authors Karen Skolfield, Oliver de la Paz, and Andrea Cohen. The program will feature a reading from each of the poets, followed by a discussion and Q & A. Karen Skolfield will share an excerpt from Battle Dress: Poems, which recently won the Massachusetts Book Award for poetry. Honorees Oliver de la Paz (The Boy in the Labyrinth) and Andrea Cohen (Nightshade) will read from their books.

About the Books:
Battle Dress: Poems by Karen Skolfield: In a poetic voice at once accessible and otherworldly, gutsy and insightful, U.S. Army veteran Karen Skolfield offers a rare glimpse of a female soldier's training and mental conditioning. Through the narratives of a young soldier, her older counterpart, and her fellow soldiers, Skolfield searches for meaning in combat preparation, long-term trauma, and the way war is embedded in our language and psyche.

The Boy in the Labyrinth by Oliver de la Paz: In a long sequence of prose poems, questionnaires, and standardized tests, The Boy in the Labyrinth interrogates the language of autism and the language barriers between parents, their children, and the fractured medium of science and school.

Nightshade by Andrea Cohen: The poems in Andrea Cohen's Nightshade, her sixth full-length collection, are constructed from the wisdom of loss--of lovers and loved ones and a world gone awry. Cohen builds a short poem the way a master carpenter does a tiny house, in lines that are both economic and precise, with room enough for sorrow and wit to exist comfortably in their spaces.

About the Poets:
Karen Skolfield’s book Battle Dress (W. W. Norton) won the 2020 Massachusetts Book Award in poetry and the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Her book Frost in the Low Areas (Zone 3 Press) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry, and she is the winner of the 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in poetry from The Missouri Review. Skolfield is a U.S. Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; she’s the poet laureate for Northampton, MA for 2019-2022. Learn more: https://karenskolfield.com/

Oliver de la Paz is the author of five collections of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, Post Subject: A Fable, and The Boy in the Labyrinth which was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry. He also co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. A founding member, Oliver serves as the cochair of the Kundiman advisory board. He has received grants from the NEA, NYFA, the Artist’s Trust, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and has been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. His work has been published in journals such as Poetry, American Poetry Review, Tin House, The Southern Review, and Poetry Northwest. He teaches at the College of the Holy Cross and in the LowResidency MFA Program at PLU. Learn more: https://www.oliverdelapaz.com/

Andrea Cohen's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. Her seventh poetry collection, Everything, was recently published by Four Way Books. Other recent books include Nightshade and Unfathoming. Cohen directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, MA. Learn more: https://www.andreacohen.org/

This event is sponsored by the Billerica Public Library Foundation.
Presented in collaboration with libraries in Tewksbury, North Reading, and Chelmsford.

Readers/Speakers
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Karen Skolfield

Karen Skolfield’s Battle Dress (W. W. Norton) won the 2020 Massachusetts Book Award in poetry and the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Her book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award. Skolfield is a U.S. Army veteran and the current poet laureate for Northampton, M... Read More →
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Oliver de la Paz

Oliver de la Paz is the author of four collections of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, and Post Subject: A Fable. He also co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. A founding member, Oliver serves as the co-chair... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
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