WMS Hosts 2013 Poetry Conference

The White Mountain School and The Frost Place continue their partnership as we host their 34th annual Conference on Poetry and Poetry Seminar

The White Mountains are famed not just for their wild beauty, but for their position as the former home of renowned poet Robert Frost. So it is no surprise that soon, The White Mountain School will welcome the dedicated poets and professional poet-teachers of The Frost Place to our campus, where they will host their 34th annual Conference on Poetry and Poetry Seminar. Beginning on July 14th, poets from all over the country will converge on WMS’s beautiful campus to write, revise, discuss and reflect upon their work and the work of others.

The Conference on Poetry 2013 brings 30 poets of all ages, styles, and levels of experience together for a wide and comprehensive poetry experience. Each day, from July 14th to 20th, a Frost Place faculty member will direct a discussion focusing an element of poetic craft and host a three-hour workshop on our campus. In the evenings, the poets will hold readings at the Henry Holt Barn on the grounds of The Frost Place. The poets will live at WMS, host workshops in our classrooms and lectures in our Great Hall, take meals in our dining hall with its renovated servery and sleep in our comfortable dormitories.

The Poetry Seminar, lasting from August 4th to 10th, will be smaller, more intimate, and bring a tighter focus to specific aspects of poetic craft. A gathering of 18 contemporary poets and select faculty will discuss their craft, work together to create new works and start dialogues about the state of contemporary poetry and the work of our poetic ancestors. The readings at Henry Holt Barn will continue as the poets showcase and examine their work and the work of their peers.

Since 1977, The Frost Place has housed a resident poet for the summer months at house/museum. Since 2012, Dartmouth College has partnered with The Frost Place to help fund the resident poet’s stay. This year, Nicole Terez Dutton was selected from a highly skilled applicant pools. The resident poet is now named the Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place, a prestigious award. He or she gives a featured reading at Dartmouth College.

The White Mountain School is excited to welcome the poets of The Frost Place. This will be our fourth time playing host to the Conference on Poetry and our first time ever hosting the Seminar. We are happy to make our campus and our stunning New Hampshire wilderness a part of their creative process and to contribute to their artistic evolution. The Frost Place is a nonprofit educational center for poetry and the arts based at Robert Frost’s old homestead, which is owned by the town of Franconia, New Hampshire. Read more about their work at Frostplace.org.

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