Ann McGarrell & Patricia Brody: Two Poets

SUNDAY JULY 26TH : TWO POETS : ANN MCGARRELL & PATRICIA BRODY

 

Ann McGarrell is a poet and translator who describes herself as “internationally unknown.”


She has been awarded fellowships and residencies at France’s Fondation La Napoule; the Bogliasco Foundation (Centro Studi Ligure); Sanskriti Kendra in New Delhi; the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In 1997 she won the PEN/Renato Poggioli Prize for her translation of Vittoria Ronchey’s Il Volto di Iside (The Face of Isis). In 2011 From Luminous Shade, her translation of Giuseppe Ungaretti’s Il dolore, was published by Vermont’s Harbor Mountain Press. In 2012 Cove House Press, New York, issued McGarrell’s Gwen and Other Poems, a collection based on the life of the Welsh painter Gwen John. She is currently translating a collection of the painter Balthus’ love letters to his first wife, Annette de Watteville. Her poems and translations have appeared in little magazines in this country and Great Britain from the 1960s to the present.

McGarrell and her husband, the painter James McGarrell, live in Newbury, Vermont.

 

Patricia Brody was born at Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital, Patricia Brody graduated from White Plains High School and Sarah Lawrence College. Her first writing teacher was Grace Paley.

She received an MSW from Columbia University and a Masters in English Literature from City College of New York. She lived in Vienna and San Francisco where she worked as a journalist. Her interview with blues singer Bonnie Raitt became the first woman-on–the-cover story for Guitar Player Magazine. Brody and her husband have raised three children one block from the Hudson River.

Patricia Brody ’s first poetry collection, American Desire, was selected by Finishing Line Press for a 2009 New Women’s Voices Award. Her second collection, DANGEROUS TO KNOW,  from Salmon Poetry (Ireland) was published in March 2013.

Many of the poems are in the voices of “forgotten women writers.” Barrow Street, Western Humanities Review, Paris Review and online on Poetry Daily, Istanbul Review, BigCityLit.com are some of the journals where Patricia’s work has appeared. She is especially proud of poems appearing in: Psychoanalytic Perspectives and International Journal of Feminist Politics, and in the anthology(co edited by Philip Miller) Chance of a Ghost.

Awards include two Pushcart nominations; English Speaking Union of New York, 1st Prize for a poem; Jack Zucker Memorial Prize and two Academy of American Poets prizes. She would like to revive Survival of the Soul: Artists Living with Illness, an anthology of contemporary poems, prose and art.Brody works as a family & couples therapist in New York City and teaches SEEKING YOUR VOICE: a Poetry Workshop, at Barnard College Center for Research on Women. She taught English comp and American Literature for many years at Boricua College in Harlem.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16 : DADAH : A MEDITATION OPIUM

 

Chin Woon Ping (Woon-Ping Chin) is the author of two books of poetry, In My Mother’s Dream and The Naturalization of Camellia Song. Her memoir, Hakka Soul, was jointly published by the National University of Singapore and the University of Hawaii Presses (2008). Her writing has been anthologized in such collections as the Norton anthology of Language for a New Century, the Harper Collins anthologies of Literature and Asian American Literature, & Writing, The City and You, Playful Phoenix, A Sense of Exile, Monologues by Women of Color, Westerly Looks to Asia and On a Bed of Rice. She has translated Indonesian poetry, Malaysian aboriginal myths and the poetry of Li Bai. She studied performance art and playwriting with Rachel Rosenthal, Maria Irene Fornes, Georges Bigot and Howard Stein. She has performed her solo pieces in Japan, Canada, Australia, Singapore and the U.S. Among her published plays are Details Cannot Body Wants, Stroke, Diary of a Madwoman and From San Jose to San Jose. She was Fulbright Professor in Indonesia and China and received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the National University of Singapore and the Pew Foundation. She lives in Vermont and teaches at Dartmouth College. 

Paige Ackerson-Kiely & Carolyn Kuebler

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23rd : POETRY & FICTION

 

Paige Ackerson-Kiely is the author of In No One's Land (Ahsahta Press, 2007), a book of poetry that was selected for the 2006 Sawtooth Poetry Prize by poet D. A. Powell. This book also won the award for Poets & Writers Exchange. Her second full length collection of poetry, My Love is a Dead Arctic Explorer (Ahsahta Press, 2012) began as a response to Admiral Richard E. Byrd's memoir, Alone. Additionally, Ackerson-Kiely has produced a limited edition art folio, This Landscape (Argos Books 2010), and prose chapbook Book About a Candle Burning in a Shed (above/ground 2011). She has been published in numerous journals such as Pleiades, Bellingham Review, Ninth Letter, jubilat, LIT, and The Laurel Review. In 2009 she was one of the featured authors in the all-poetry edition of The Laurel Review, an edition that was dedicated to the memory of poet Reginald Shepherd. She is currently a co-editor for Black Ocean's poetry journal Handsome and works at a homeless shelter.

Carolyn Kuebler has published fiction in Copper Nickel, Conduit, The Common and an essay in The Little Magazine in America (University of Chicago, 2015). She is the editor of the New England Review and former editor and fouder of Rain Taxi. She lives in Middlebury, Vermont.