Please join us for an evening of poetry on Thursday, October 17th at 7 pm. We will be joined by poets Rage Hezekiah and Suzanne Rancourt who will each read and disucss their work. This event is free and open to the public.
Stray Harbor is a collection that helps us remember what it is like to discover the world for the first time. It is a tender meditation on how we learn to love our family and how we learn to love ourselves.
Rage Hezekiah has given us a stunning debut, one that signals we’re only at the beginning of what promises to be a remarkable literary life.
—Clint Smith, author of Counting Descent
Hezekiah summons the power of water as we learn to swim and learn to drown in her debut work, Stray Harbor. She introduces us to the fabled Feminist Safe House where her mother taught her the endurance of womanhood, a journey that first requires devastation: “you teach the child / what it is to drown / so she’ll know / to save herself.” She leaves us a bit broken on the shore, that transitional place where the tides invite intoxication and a need to witness what in our living requires abandon. This is an important debut collection.
–Amber Flora Thomas, author of Red Channel in the Rupture, The Rabbits Could Sing, and Eye of Water
Rage Hezekiah is a poet and the author of the forthcoming collections Stray Harbor, with Finishing Line Press, and Unslakable, with Paper Nautilus, both to be published in 2019. Rage Hezekiah is a New England based poet and educator, who earned her MFA from Emerson College. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The MacDowell Colony, and The Ragdale Foundation, and is the recipient of the Saint Botolph Foundation's Emerging Artists Award. Her poems have been anthologized, co-translated, and published internationally. She works as an international student advisor at Bennington College and lives in North Adams, Massachusetts.
Suzanne S. Rancourt
murmurs at the gate – Suzanne S. Rancourt’s second book of poetry uses both fictional and auto-biographical events to create a chorus of survivors. These poems for the unspeakable, the marginalized, the “in-betweeners,” create a chorus of survivors in the theatre of life’s sorrow, love, tragedy, beauty, and profound human resiliency.
Ms. Rancourt’s life attests to being a survivor, and states, “Prejudice is non-discriminatory.” murmurs at the gate, is a poetic narrative that explores the harsh measures of life’s wars. “If we are at war with everything, who are the Warriors? Who are the survivors? And, for how long does the war cry reverberate?” Marine and Army veteran, and multi-modal artist, Ms. Rancourt brings to the reader her rich and diverse metaphors inspired by rural mountain living and Native American culture. Ms. Rancourt honors all her ancestors in this astounding book where every murmur could be your own.
Ms. Rancourt is Abenaki/Huron decent from West Central Maine and is a multi-modal Expressive Arts Therapist with graduate degrees and certifications in psychology, creative writing, drug and alcohol recovery. Her first book of poetry, Billboard in the Clouds, received the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award. Her second, murmurs at the gate, Unsolicited Press, released in May 2019. Her poetry, non-fiction, and fiction have appeared in Pangyrus LitMag, You Can Hear the Ocean: Anthology, New Readers Magazine, Grey Borders Magazine, Synaeresis, Twist in time, Big Pond Rumours, Women Speak - Woman of Appalachia Project anthology, Quiddity, River Heron Review, Shaking the Sheets, The Gyroscope Review, theSame, Young Ravens Literary Review # 8, Tupelo Press Native Voices Anthology, Bright Hill Press 25th Anniversary Anthology, Dawnland Voices 2.0 #4, Northern New England Review, mgversion2>datura, Slipstream, Collections of Poetry and Prose, Muddy River Poetry Review, Ginosko, Journal of Military Experience, Cimarron Review, Callaloo and more. Ms. Rancourt is a USMC and Army Veteran who continues to serve as a Mentor for the Saratoga County Veterans’ Peer to Peer program. Ms. Rancourt is also an Amherst Writers & Artists Affiliate and trainer. For a more complete list of publications, professional qualifications, philosophy of practice etc., please, visit her website: www.expressvie-arts.com.