Please join us for a special evening of poetry. We will celebrate the publication of Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection, edited by James Crews, with a preface by Ted Kooser. Poets reading this evening will include: James Crews, Rachel Michaud, Lulu Mulalu, and Michelle Wiegers.
This anthology features poems by Mark Doty, Ross Gay, Donald Hall, Marie Howe, Naomi Shihab Nye and many others. These poets, from all walks of life, and from all over America, prove to us the possibility of creating in our lives what Dr. Martin Luther King called the "beloved community," a place where we see each other as the neighbors we already are. Healing the Divide urges us, at this fraught political time, to move past the negativity that often fills the airwaves, and to embrace the ordinary moments of kindness and connection that fill our days.
James Crews' work has appeared in Ploughshares, Raleigh Review, Crab Orchard Review and The New Republic, among other journals, and he is a regular contributor to The London Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of two collections of poetry, The Book of What Stays (Prairie Schooner Prize, 2011) and Telling My Father (Cowles Prize, 2016), and the editor of Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection (Green Writers Press, 2019). He lives on part of an organic farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont with his husband and teaches creative writing at SUNY-Albany.
Rachel Michaud is a prize-winning poet and essayist. Her essays have been published in the Washington Post and the Hartford Courant. Recently, poems have appeared in Collateral and the Woven Tale Press. She won the top prize in the poetry competition of the 2019 Westmoreland Heritage and Arts Festival. Michaud earned degrees from Bennington College and the State University of New York. She divides her time between Washington, DC and Cambridge, NY.
Lulu Mulalu is a recent graduate of Bennington College and holds a degree in Psychology and Drama. She is a performer, singer-songwriter, poet, storyteller, and budding playwright from the country of Botswana. Before moving to the United States for college she attended an international school in The Netherlands where she learned about courageous action, selfless leadership, and personal bravery. Her multidisciplinary work actively aims to explore the diverse ways in which human beings culturally give birth to, socially silence, and how we preserve their own authenticities in the stories we choose to share. Her words and poems can be found in her recently established blog titled “Lessons To My Daughter”. In this space she aims to spread light, document important life lessons learned, unlearn negative behaviours, revolt, practice kindness, say her own name with grace, and muse over the absurdity of what we call adulthood.
Michelle Wiegers is a poet and creative writer who draws inspiration from the natural and the spiritual. Her incredible story of healing from lifelong chronic illness also shapes her work. Poems by Michelle have appeared in Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont, vol. 2, The Wayfarer, Third Wednesday as well as Montpelier, Vermont’s PoemCity. She lives in Southern Vermont with her husband and four children.