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Former Poet Laureate highlights the beauty of devastation

Former Poet Laureate highlights the beauty of devastation

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In honor of National Poetry Month, poet Betsy Sholl will read recent work on April 20 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall on the corner of Fourth and Basin Streets.

Sholl teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and has published eight collections of poetry. Her latest collection, “Otherwise Unseeable,” won the 2015 Maine Literary Award for poetry and was praised by David Wojahn as “her finest collection thus far, a book which has refined itself into something I can only call wisdom — sometimes rueful, sometimes fierce. This is work in which, as one poem memorably puts it, we must ‘unlatch our wounds and love our ruins.’”

Her honors and awards include the AWP Prize for Poetry, the Felix Pollak Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and two Maine Individual Artists Grants. She served as Maine’s Poet Laureate from 2006 to 2011.

Her work has been included in several anthologies, including Letters to America and Contemporary American Poetry on Race. Her recent work has appeared in Brilliant Corners, Image, Field, Numero Cinq, Upstreet, Poet Lore, and Plume.

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