KEENE ~ Sara Backer, Miriam Levine, and Rodger Martin all presenting their poetry!

Saturday, November 11, 2023 - 2:00pm

The Keene Toadstool & New England Poetry Club Hosts

Sara Backer

Miriam Levine

Rodger Martin

presenting their poetry!

Saturday, November 11th at 2 pm


Sara Backer’s first book of poetry, Such Luck, follows two chapbooks: Scavenger Hunt, and Bicycle Lotus, which won the Turtle Island Chapbook Award. Her honors include a prize in the Plough Poetry Competition, ten Pushcart nominations, and fellowships from the Norton Island and Djerassi resident artist programs. Recent publications include Lake Effect, Slant, CutBank Online, Kenyon Review, Poetry Northwest, and Poetry Ireland. She lives in New Hampshire, works at UMass Lowell, and reads for The Maine Review.  

Miriam Levine is the author of Forget about Sleep, her sixth poetry collection, winner of the 2023 Laura Boss Narrative Poetry Award, forthcoming from New York Quarterly Books. Another collection, The Dark Opens, was chosen by Mark Doty for the Autumn House Poetry Prize.  Other books include: Devotion, a memoir; In Paterson, a novel. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, and Ploughshares. Levine, a winner of a Pushcart Prize, is a fellow of the NEA and a grantee of the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. She lives in Florida and New Hampshire. For more information about her work, please go to


Rodger Martin’s For All The Tea in Zhōngguó, 2019, follows The Battlefield Guide, and the selection of The Blue Moon Series  by Small Press Review as a bi-monthly picks of the year. He’s received an Appalachia award for poetry, NHSCA’s award for fiction, and was a finalist for The Stanley Kunitz Medal in 2023.  His work has been translated and published in China.   He’s a recipient of numerous fellowships.  He was co-editor of The Granite State Poetry Series and Managing Editor of The Worcester Review for twenty-seven years.    His latest manuscript, The Sleeping Dogs of Lubec, is sniffing out publication.

Event address: 
12 Emerald St.
Keene, NH 03431