The Toadstool Bookshop and the Loom Poetry Series are excited to partner once again to host a live, online reading from three poets, Andrea Cohen, Joan Houlihan and Chard deNiord. This event will be free and open to the public and will offer an opportunity for readers to listen to, experience, and discuss new, contemporary poetry. The Loom Poetry Series is a Harrisville-based initiative to highlight and celebrate the best in contemporary poetry. The poems in Everything, Andrea Cohen's seventh collection, traffic in wonder and woe, in dialogue and interior speculation. Humor and gravity go hand in hand here. Cohen's poems have the rueful irony of a stand-up comic playing to an empty room. But look around: there are wrecking balls, zebras, lovers, milk money. It's a room to hang around in.
Andrea Cohen’s poems and stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Threepenny Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Glimmer Train, The Hudson Review, etc.
A new book of poems, Everything, was published by Four Way Books in 2021. Other collections include Nightshade (Four Way, 2019). Unfathoming (Four Way, 2017), Furs Not Mine (Four Way, 2015), Kentucky Derby (Salmon Poetry, 2011), Long Division (Salmon Poetry, 2009), and The Cartographer's Vacation (Owl Creek Press, 1999).
Cohen’s awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Glimmer Train's Short Fiction Award, and several fellowships at MacDowell. She directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, MA.
Houlihan's sixth collection of lyric poems reflects upon the persistence of what is lost and the accidental ruptures of trauma that allow re-entry into our world. These poems are at once despairing and hopeful. Joan Houlihan is the author of six books of poetry, most recently, It Isn't A Ghost If It Lives In Your Chest. Previous books are Ay, The Us, The Mending Worm and Hand-Held Executions, and Shadow-fest. She is a contributing critic for the Contemporary Poetry Review and author of a series of essays on contemporary American poetry archived online at bostoncomment.com. She has taught at Columbia University and Emerson College and currently teaches in the Lesley University Low-Residency MFA Program and is Professor of Practice in Poetry at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Houlihan is founder and director of the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference. In his new poetry collection, Chard deNiord explores the paradoxical nature of unknowing. Chard deNiord is cofounder of the New England College MFA program in poetry. He is the author of the poetry collections Asleep in the Fire, Sharp Golden Thorn, Night Mowing, The Double Truth, and Interstate. His book Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs is a collection of interviews with American poets. His second collection of interviews with poets is I Would Lie to You if I Could: Interviews with Ten American Poets. Rebecca Kaiser Gibson, author of OPINEL, (Bauhan Publishing) and Girl as Birch, (forthcoming), and founder of The Loom, Poetry in Harrisville, is the moderator of this event. She lives in Marlborough, NH and taught poetry at Tufts University. In 2008 she received an artist’s fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. A previous resident at MacDowell, and the Heinrich Boll Cottage in Ireland, in 2011 as a Fulbright scholar, she taught poetry in Hyderabad, India. Her poems have been published widely in literary journals. To attend this event, please pre-register by clicking the Zoom icon.