Verandah Porche interviews Chard deNiord at Next Stage

PUTNEY — Next Stage Arts Project Next Stage Arts will present a special literary event on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m., with Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord, hosted by renowned poet, Verandah Porche. There is a suggested donation at the door of $10.

Beyond being the current Poet Laureate of Vermont and creator of the Next Stage Speaks Poetry series, deNiord is the author of five books of poems, Interstate (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), which was named one of the ten best books of poetry in 2011 by The Boston Globe, Night Mowing (The University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), Sharp Golden Thorn (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003), and Asleep in the Fire (University of Alabama Press, 1990).

He is also the author of a book of interviews with seven senior American poets (Galway Kinnell, Ruth Stone, Jack Gilbert, Lucille Clifton, Donald Hall, Maxine Kumin, and Robert Bly) titled Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs, Conversations and Reflections on Contemporary American Poetry (Marick Press, 2011).

A co-founder of the New England College MFA Program in Poetry, he works as a professor of English at Providence College and lives Westminster West.

Porche, poet, performer, and writing partner from Guilford, is the author of two books of poetry, The Body's Symmetry (Harper and Row, 1975) and Sudden Eden (Verdant Books, 2013). She has also edited several volumes of poetry and personal histories, including Ordinary Mystery, Infusion Musings from the Oncology Clinic, Springfield, Vermont and Broad Book Anthology, A Play of Voices, a collection of personal narratives that honor the lives of elders in Guilford.

Porche will interview deNiord about his career, life, and recent works. The interview will be followed by a reading and a question-and-answer period.

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