Martha Carlson-Bradley and Liz Ahl will read from and discuss their new books, part of the Hobblebush Granite State Poetry series.
Martha's new book is Begin with Trouble: Poems Inspired by the 1727 New-England Primer
Inspired by a fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society, the poems in “Begin with Trouble” by Martha Carlson-Bradley often lift, erase, disarrange, or subvert the language of the “1727 New-England Primer”—a book read by children in New England and beyond throughout the eighteenth century and into the nineteenth. “Begin with Trouble” captures different voices in the Puritan community, from white Puritan children struggling with class and mortality, duty and the afterlife, to a Native American survivor of internment and an enslaved young man from Africa.
Martha Carlson-Bradley is the author of several poetry collections and her poems have been published in many literary magazines and anthologies. Her awards include the Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Carlson-Bradley has a PhD in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, and a BA in English from Salem State College.
Liz Ahl's new book is Beating The Bounds
The title poem of Liz Ahl's brilliant collection, “Beating the Bounds”, investigates the ritual walking of the boundaries of a town every seven years. Ahl explores psychological and literal geographies, what it means to inhabit a space, and the beauties and mysteries she discovers there. These dazzling poems draw us in to the vibrant spaces they mark and make.
Liz Ahl is also the author of Home Economics, Talking About the Weather, Luck, and A Thirst That’s Partly Mine. Luck received the "Reader's Choice in Poetry" award at the 2011 New Hampshire Literary Awards. She has been awarded residencies at Playa, Jentel, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and The Vermont Studio Center. After spending her childhood and adolescence as an itinerant Navy brat, and her young adulthood as a semi-itinerant student, she has found herself settled for going on twenty years in Holderness, New Hampshire. She is a faculty member in the English Department at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire.