Teachers of poetry and professional poets will again join this summer’s Frost Place faculty on campus for two programs on writing poetry. Read on to learn more about these events and the school’s connection to the former home of poet Robert Frost at The Frost Place.
Award winning poet and recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, Gregory Pardlo, will be on campus this summer as a faculty member with the Frost Place Poetry Seminar. The White Mountain School hosts two Frost Place programs: the Conference on Poetry (July 12-18) and the Poetry Seminar (August 2-4), both with highly esteemed poets as faculty. Conference on Poetry staff included, Martha Rhodes, Gabriel Fried, Joan Houlihan, John Murillo, Patrick Phillips, Brian Komei Dempster and Eugenia Leigh. Pardlo will be joined later this summer by Patrick Donnelly, Joan Larkin, Cammy Thomas and Nathan McClain at the Poetry Seminar.
“Gregory Pardlo‘s collection Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Digest was also shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award and is a current finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem received the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. Pardlo’s poems appear in The Nation, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. Pardlo lives with his family in Brooklyn.”
WMS students and teachers are regular volunteers at The Frost Place in nearby Franconia, where Frost and his family lived full time from 1915-1920 and spent 19 summers living and writing in our beautiful White Mountains. To learn more about The Frost Place and its programs, please click here.
The Frost Place summer conferences are the third major writing or poetry-inspired event at The White Mountain School in the last several months.
-Each April our School honors National Poetry Month by dedicating Morning Meeting readings to poetry, including original works by students and teachers. This year’s April celebration included a visit from Maudelle Driskell, who shared a new, unpublished poem and read the signature work from her book, Talismans. Read about the school’s celebration of National Poetry Month and our visit from nationally recognized poet and Frost Place Executive Director, Maudelle Driskell, here.
-In March, WMS teachers Barbara Buckley and Megan Killigrew hosted the North Country Gala, a meeting of New Hampshire and Vermont teachers involved with the National Writing Project. Teachers shared programs and practices from their schools and spoke about their experiences with the NWP. Read about our teachers’ involvement with the National Writing Project and the North Country Gala at WMS, here.
-Read about Barbara and Megan’s own work and professional development with the National Writing Project here.
Looking for an inspiring setting and dedicated teachers who share your love for literature and poetry? Inquire for information about The White Mountain School, a grade 9-12 boarding and day school in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire, here. (photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths)