Please join us in welcoming Sarah Alcott Anderson (We Hold on to What We Can) and Matt W. Miller (Tender is the River) for an in-person poetry reading in Keene.
We Hold on to What We Can by Sarah Alcott Anderson: In this debut collection of poems, Sarah Alcott Anderson of Exeter, N.H., explores love, longing, loss, marriage, children, and place through her own experiences. In mostly plainspoken poems, I explore interior and exterior landscapes--from childhood to motherhood, New England to Ireland--in the hope of honoring that we are here right now, she says. Poet Matt Miller in the foreword writes that Anderson's lines seem at times spun from a sugared lightning, at other times are as plain and enriched as Irish bog or New Hampshire granite, line and lyric come together to insist against a silence the world would have the poet embrace.
Sarah Alcott Anderson chairs the English department at Berwick Academy in Maine and runs the Word Barn in New Hampshire.
Tender the River by Matt W. Miller: Focusing on the Merrimack River, Tender the River weaves historical, geological, social, and personal narratives together, from the last ice age, to the indigenous tribes that settled there and before driven off by Europeans, to the birth of the industrial age and the urban decline and rebirth of the late 20th century. It hopes to be a celebratory and critical look at the relationship between the various human worlds as well as the natural world they occupy and give readers a sense of the bigger story we are all a part of by using this one small scratch of the earth as an example.
Matt W Miller was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts. He currently teaches English and coaches football at Phillips Exeter Academy where he also co-directs the Writers’ Workshop at Exeter. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife Emily Meehan and their children Delaney and Joseph.