Collected Poets Series.

It’s that time again: Patricia Fargnoli and Tim Mayo will read this Thursday night at Mocha Maya’s Coffee House in Shelburne Falls for the March installment of the Collected Poets Series.

Patricia Fargnoli is the current Poet Laureate of New Hampshire and the author of five collections of poetry. Her latest book Duties of the Spirit, (Tupelo Press, 2005) won the 2005 Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Poetry. Her first book, Necessary Light (Utah State University Press, 1999) was awarded the 1999 May Swenson Poetry Award judged by Mary Oliver. Pat, a retired social worker, has been the recipient of a MacDowell Colony fellowship. She is published widely in literary journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, North American Review, Mid-American Review, Cimarron Review, and The Massachusetts Review. She’s received the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award and has been twice-nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A member of the NH Writer’s Project and a Touring Artist for the NH Art’s Council, Pat resides in Walpole, NH.

You can read an excellent consideration of Duties of the Spirit at the Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Tim Mayo’s newest chapbook is The Loneliness of Dogs (Pudding House Press, 2008) He holds an ALB, cum laude, in French language and culture from Harvard University and an MFA in writing and literature from Bennington College. He was a semi-finalist in the Discovery’s The Nation 2000 Poetry Contest, and in 2006 he received a Vermont Artist’s & Writer’s Grant from the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. His full-length manuscript Dreaming of a Dependable Force was a finalist in the 2007 Main Street Rag Poetry Contest. He lives in Brattleboro, VT.

The CPS readings never fail to be great fun, so come early to get a seat!