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Coffee & Poets: 25th Annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference Poets

  • 23 Jan 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Zoom


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Meet us on Zoom for coffee and poetry conversation!  Our January discussion, led by ESWA President, Tara Elliott, showcases readings and discussion of the poets who will be presenting for the 25th annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference.  A packet of amazing poetry written by our guests will be emailed to all who register prior to the session.

About the Poets:

Canadian-American poet JAMES ARTHUR is the author of The Suicide’s Son (Véhicule Press 2019) and Charms Against Lightning (Copper Canyon Press, 2012.) His poems have also appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Review of Books, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, and The London Review of Books. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Stegner Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship to Northern Ireland, and a Visiting Fellowship at Exeter College, Oxford. Arthur lives in Baltimore where he teaches in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

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CATHERINE CARTER’s collections of poetry with LSU Press include The Memory of Gills (2006), The Swamp Monster at Home (2012), and Larvae of the Nearest Stars (2019).  Her poetry has won the North Carolina Literary Review’s James Applewhite Prize, the NC Literary and Historical Society’s Roanoke-Chowan Award, Jacar Press’ chapbook contest, and Caldwell County Arts Council’s  Western NC Regional Poetry Contest; it has also appeared in Best American Poetry 2009, Orion, Poetry, Ecotone, Tar River Poetry, and Ploughshares, among others.  Raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, she is now professor of English at Western Carolina University.

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CHRISTOPHER T. GEORGE was born in Liverpool, England in 1948 in the same hospital where John Lennon of the Beatles was born.  His self-published autobiographical poem “Toxteth” told the story of his immigration to the U.S. age 7 and going back to attend school in Liverpool in the Sixties. He has published poetry and essays for over 50 years as well as several history books, including “Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay” (Shippensburg, PA: White Mane, 2000) and appeared as a “talking head” on the History Channel and in Maryland Public Television’s Francis Scott Key docudrama “FSK.” He lives in Newark, Delaware with his wife Donna and sister-in-law Lisa, two cats, and a Mini-Pinscher.

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DAVID P. KOZINSKI was a finalist for the Inlandia (California) Institute’s 2020 Hillary Gravendyke Prize for a book-length poetry manuscript, which is scheduled to be published by Kelsay books in 2022. Publications include Tripping Over Memorial Day (Kelsay Books) and Loopholes (Broadkill Press) which won the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize. Kozinski was Expressive Path’s 2018 Mentor of the Year. He serves on the boards of the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center and the Eastern Shore Writers Association, and on the editorial board of Philadelphia Stories magazine. He is Rockwood Park & Museum’s resident poet and Art Editor of the Schuylkill Valley Journal.

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A 2012 Pushcart Prize recipient, NANCY MITCHELL is the author of The Near Surround, Grief Hut, and The Out-of-Body Shop and co-Editor of Plume Interviews I. Her poems have or will appear in such journals as Agni, Green Mountains Review, Ploughshares, Thrush, Washington Square Review, and others. Mitchell serves as the Associate Editor of Special Features for Plume Poetry, and is the Poet Laureate of Salisbury, Maryland. She hosts the Poets on the Plaza Reading Series live and on Zoom.

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JANE EDNA MOHLER recently served as the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Poet Laureate. Her book of poems is Broken Umbrellas, (Kelsay 2019.) Her poems appear in Gargoyle, The Skinny Poetry Journal, Boston Globe, Schuylkill Valley Journal, U.S.1 Worksheets, River Heron Review, and Bay to Ocean Anthology. She won the 2016 Main Street Voices competition, was twice a Pushcart Prize nominee, and Robert Fraser Open finalist. Jane presented at two previous Bay to Ocean conferences. Previously Jane taught English over two summers at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in China. For decades she was a counselor in schools, agencies, and an advocate for homeless education.

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KIM ROBERTS Kim Roberts is the editor of the anthology By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of our Nation’s Capital (University of Virginia Press, 2020), selected by the DC Public Library for the 2021 Route 1 Reads program as the book that “best illuminates important aspects” of the culture of Washington, DC. She is the author of A Literary Guide to Washington, DC: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston (University of Virginia Press, 2018), and five books of poems, most recently The Scientific Method (WordTech Editions, 2017).

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PAT VALDATA is a poet and novelist. Her poetry book about women aviation pioneers, Where No Man Can Touch, won the 2016 Donald Justice Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines including Delmarva Review, Ecotone, Ekphrastic Review, Italian Americana, Little Patuxent Review, North American Review, Passager, The Raintown Review, String Poet, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, as well as several anthologies. Her third novel, Eve’s Daughters (Moonshine Cove, 2020), won first prize in the Novel category from the Delaware Press Association and received an Honorable Mention from the National Federation of Press Women. www.patvaldata.com 

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TARA A. ELLIOTT’s poems have appeared in TAOS Journal of International Poetry & Art, The American Journal of Poetry, and Stirring, among others. She is the founder and director of Salisbury Poetry Week, the co-chair of the annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, and President of Eastern Shore Writers Association. For more information, visit www.taraaelliott.com

Please note: a link to access this session will be emailed to all registered 24 hours before the event begins.




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