News & Notes

sometimes the chickens visited the house, but only sometimes…

music news:

Concert Debut on Viola da Gamba with Venus’ Birds~A Consort of Viols The Keene Chamber Singers:

Director Matthew Leese has teamed with the consort director, Jane Hershey, to present a lively and virtuosic program of music for voices and viols.  The Viola da Gamba (nicknamed ‘Viol’) is a renaissance family of string instruments with six strings and frets with a timbre which is warm and focused, designed to form a perfect union with vocal ensembles.  The evening features renaissance settings of Advent texts by William Byrd, Orlando di Lasso, Michael Praetorius and Heinrich Schütz, as well as modern a cappella motets and Christmas carols by Richard Madden, Javier Busto and the extraordinary Four Motets on Gregorian Themes by Maurice Duruflé.

poetry biz news:

Coming soon: I will be reading on Louise Wareham Leonard’s 52 Men:the Podcast –— inspired by her stellar novella, 52 Men. Stay tuned…

Chariton Review will be publishing “Love: A Pictorial History” in 2017.



at the 2017 Bookstock Literary Festival with fellow Vermont writer Julia Shipley and the Incandescent Molly Peacock:


terrific interview with poet and editor Ed Ochester: here’s the link to Ed’s interview with Chard deNiord:


past poetry readings & publications:

~”Aphorisms on Love”, a newer uncollected poem, was published by Barrow Street in their winter 2016/2017 issue.  Barrow Street is a non-profit literary arts organization based in NYC.

~The Common Ground Review published two poems from The Art of the Exit  — “Her Climate” and “Contemplating Anorexia” — in their spring 2016 issue.

~Three poems from The Art of the Exit — “Synonyms”, “Twisted Little Love Story”, “Account” — appeared last spring (2016) in the Willow Review.

~Zone 3 published my poem “Twelfth Spring” in their Fall 2015 issue.

~”My Hades” and “The Ring”, both poems from the full length collection The Art of the Exit, appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of the Adanna Literary Journal.

~”The Deer”, a poem from The Art of the Exit, was published by The Connecticut River Review in August 2015.

~February 23, 2014: Amicus Studio’s FRIENDS Lecture Series, Featured Artist, “Poetry and Creative Process”,  Milton, VT

Audience member Lorinda Henry’s thoughts: I did love your presentation last night in Milton.  I have been thinking about  your short poems, what I tried to say — it goes, I think, to Ars Poetica (MacLeish), “A poem should not mean, but be.”  They ARE.   Which is not to denigrate other poetry, but yours are (sic) exquisite.  Thank you.

~November 7, 2013, Walpole Town Library, Walpole, NH, with Pam Bernard, Kate Gleason, and Toni Ortner.  The library’s congenial atmosphere  offered a welcome retreat (plus delicious treats) from the gloomy weather, for poets and audience alike.

~September 26, 2013, The Little City Baking Co., Brattleboro, VT, with Muriel Wolf, Toni Ortner, Kate Gleason, Arlene Distler, and Barbara Benoit.  Wonderful audience and a sweet gathering (literally and metaphorically) in this cozy space overlooking the Whetstone Brook Falls.

~October 28, 2012,  Write Action Radio Show, WVEW 107.7 FM, Radio Free Brattleboro.  The studio, looking out on Brattleboro’s Main Street, was a soothing yet invigorating space–it was an inspiration to chat with Toni Ortner, the stellar host of this show.

~October 13, 2012, Brattleboro Literary Festival: It was an honor to take part in this illustrious event, and the range of voices in the Spotlight series was impressive.

~October 1, 2012: Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT, with poets Kate Gleason and Toni Ortner: A treat to read to such an intimate and appreciative audience.

~April 28, 2012:  I had the pleasure of reading at the The Toadstool Bookstore in Peterborough, NH, with poets Vince Cioffi and Lesle Lewis.  It was lovely to read in the”Toad’s” convivial atmosphere, surrounded by books, with familiar and new faces in the crowd.

~April 12, 2012:  I was honored read at The Putney Public Library (a beautiful space) with poets Chard deNiord and Kate Gleason. A Q & A session followed, with interesting discussion around my very short poems,  Kate’s merging of scientific concepts and poetry, and Chard’s zetzy interviews with major poets of the 20th century.

~ On March 17, 2012, I read at the Vermont Academic Center of Union Institute and University, Brattleboro, VT, with poets Chard deNiord and Lesle Lewis (see photo below). Thanks to UI&U for providing such a welcoming atmosphere!


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