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Saturday, May 15 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Veteran Poets Reading Veteran Poets

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From Walt Whitman to Khadijah Queen, poets who have served in the military have illuminated the complex and ambiguous experiences of service to country while recording damages of war. In this panel discussion, four veterans: Rodger Martin (U.S. Army, Vietnam), Karen Skolfield (U.S. Army, Panama), Terry Farish (Red Cross, Vietnam) and Jimmy Pappas (U.S. Air Force, Vietnam) will witness the spoken word of veteran poets from the Civil War to present day including Whitman (Civil War); Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon (WWI); Donald Baker and Randall Jarrell (WWII); Etheridge Knight (Korea); Bruce Weigl and Yusef Komunyakaa (Vietnam); and Brian Turner and Khadijah Queen (Iraq/Afghanistan). In addition, the poets will share their own work.

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Speakers
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Karen Skolfield

Karen Skolfield’s Battle Dress (W. W. Norton) won the 2020 Massachusetts Book Award in poetry and the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Her book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award. Skolfield is a U.S. Army veteran and the current poet laureate for Northampton, M... Read More →
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Terry Farish

Terry Farish's books include the novel in verse, The Good Braider, an American Library Association Best Book; Flower Shadows, “a female addition to the Vietnam genre that is as moving as it is wise,”(Kirkus); and Either the Beginning or the End of the World, a Maine Literary... Read More →
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Jimmy Pappas

Jimmy Pappas taught English as a second language to South Vietnamese soldiers preparing to work with American helicopter pilots. He was the winner of the Rattle Chapbook Prize and the Rattle Readers' Choice Award. He is the Vice President of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire.
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Rodger Martin

Rodger Martin, artist for the New England States Touring Foundation, has received an Appalachia poetry award, a NHSCA fiction fellowship, and fellowships from NEH to study Eliot and Hardy at Oxford University and Milton at Duquesne University. His work has appeared in journals and... Read More →


Saturday May 15, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
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