Bartleby's Books will host three poetry reading by three poets on Wednesday, August 6th at 7pm. Robin Becker, Lee Bramble and Arlene Distler will each read from their most recent poetry collections, answer questions from the audience and sign their books.
Poet Robin Becker was born in Philadelphia and earned a BA and MA at Boston University. She taught for many years at the MIT before returning to Pennsylvania in 1994, where she is Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State. Becker’s many collections of poetry include Personal Effects (1977); Backtalk (1982); Giacometti’s Dog (1990); All-American Girl (1996), which won a Lambda Literary Award; The Horse Fair (2000); Domain of Perfect Affection (2006); and Tiger Heron (2014). Becker’s range of subjects has been described as a “vibrant miscellany.” Her poems reflect her Russian-Jewish heritage and lesbianism, her interest in art history and art, the experience of growing up in 1950s America, and the legacy of the 1960s. Poet Kathleen Aguero has said that Becker’s poems are “richly populated by friends, lovers, family” as they “chronicle a search for community.”
Lee Bramble is the pen name of Tom Ragle, a professor of English literature with a bias toward the classical English poetic tradition. A graduate of Harvard and Oxford, he has taught and served in
administration during his forty year career in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including over 20 years as President of Marlboro College, as a visiting professor at the University of Vermont and Peking University, and as Director of the Salzburg Seminar in Austria. He recently retired from the board of Write Action in Brattleboro, VT, where for a decade he served as Vice President and took primary responsibility for organizing the annual prose and poetry contests. Retired, he and Nancy, his second wife of 48 years, live in the 1780 Guilford, VT farmhouse where she grew up and where they raised their seven children. He will read from his recently published book of poetry, Take This Song.
Arlene Distler was born and raised in New York. She earned her BFA fromthe Rhode Island School of Design. She raised a family of four children in Readsboro and Brattleboro, Vermont. She has one stepdaughter. After spending ten years homesteading in Readsboro, she moved with her husband and children to Brattleboro, where she eventually became a para-instructor for the elementary grades. Arlene started writing poetry seriously in the 80's, giving readings in the Brattleboro area throughout the 80's and 90's. In 1999 she and her partner, Marty Jezer, started a non-profit writers' group called Write Action, formed "to strengthen a community of writers in the Brattleboro area", and "to encourage, nurture, and promote the literary arts in the at-large community." She has published in several literary journals, including Chrysalis Journal, North American Review (as a finalist in the James Hearst Poetry Contest), Kalliope, and as a finalist in New Millenium Writings. Voices Like Wind Chimes is her latest chap book.
Please contact Bartleby's Books for more information or to reserve a book. Bartleby's Books is located at 17 West Main Street in downtown Wilmington. (802)464-5425 or www.myvermontbookstore.com