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Update! Poetry and Music with Molly Peacock, Doug Anderson presented with Voices of Poetry

July 17, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


July 15 update: Cornelius Eady and his trio won’t be able to present due to a serious family emergency in Cornelius’ family. We send our love to Cornelius and hope to have him and his trio, Lisa Liu and Charlie Rauh, present in the future.

Happily, poet and Cave Canem Fellow Kate Rushin will read a few of Cornelius’s poems as well as her own, and talk a bit about Cornelius and Cave Canem, the press he and Toi Derricotte founded.


On Sunday, July 17 at 2 PM, we join with Voices of Poetry for an extraordinary afternoon of poetry and conversation. To bring in the widest possible audience, from high school student writers to senior citizens, we’re pleased to present this event free (donations welcome).

Benjamin Luxon will set the stage with a few words about the long tradition of poetry, and poetry and music, at the Sandisfield Arts Center.

The afternoon features award winning poets Doug Anderson and Molly Peacock.

Molly Peacock
Molly Peacock

Molly Peacock is an acclaimed poet, biographer, essayist, and writer of tales whose multi-genre literary life has taken her from New York City to Toronto, from poetry to prose, from words to words-and-pictures, and from lyric self-examination to curiosity about the lives of others. “Peacock has many talents, not the least of which is her voice, characterized by engaging honesty and self-deprecating humor. She comes across as that fellow passenger on an airplane to whom you have suddenly and quite naturally confessed your story (and learned hers)” (Lorna Blake in The Hudson Review). Molly’s biography of painter Mary Hiester Reid, Flower Diary, was a Quill and Quire Best Book of 2021. More about Molly.


Doug Anderson has taught at various colleges and universities, and two MFA programs. He has published several books – of poetry & memoir – including The Moon Reflected Fire (Alice James Books, 1994), which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; Blues for Unemployed Secret Police (Curbstone Books, 2000), which received a grant from the Eric Mathieu King Fund of the Academy of American Poets; Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-
Discovery (W. W. Norton & Co., 2009); and Horse Medicine (Barrow Street Press, 2015). His most recent poetry collection – Undress, She Said – is forthcoming from Four Way Books in September 2022. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Asheville Poetry Review, Field, Nine Mile, Ploughshares, Poetry, Southern Review, Massachusetts Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review.

The first half of the program will include poets Hilde Weisert, Neil Silberblatt, and Kate Rushin.

Hilde Weisert

Hilde WeisertAward-winning poets Hilde Weisert, president of the Sandisfield Arts Center, and Neil Silberblatt, founder of Voices of Poetry, will introduce the afternoon with short readings from their own work.

Of Weisert’s 2015 collection The Scheme of Things, Ursula Le Guin wrote “Hilde Weisert’s quiet, versatile poetic voice, fully at ease in narrative and lyric, is distinguished by vivid accuracy of thought and speech, modest but absolute courage in choice of subject, a dry, sweet humor, and a generosity of spirit that brings me back to her book again and again.”

Neil Silberblatt
Neil Silberblatt

Neil Silberblatt has published two poetry collections: So Far, So Good (2012), and Present Tense (2013), and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  His most recent poetry book, Past Imperfect (Nixes Mate Books, 2018), was nominated for the Mass. Book Award in Poetry. Neil is the founding director of Voices of Poetry which has organized and presented a series of (more than 400) poetry events, featuring acclaimed poets at various venues in NY, NJ, CT and MA, including The Mount / Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, MA, and The Rubin Museum of Art in NYC. We’re delighted to have him add the Sandisfield Arts Center to that list.

Kate Rushin  is the author of The Black Back-Ups and “The Bridge Poem.” Her work is widely anthologized and is included in Poetry Magazine with the Witness Stones Old Lyme poetry project and in the anthology, African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song, edited by Kevin Young. She has received fellowships from The Massachusetts Artists Foundation, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Cave Canem Foundation. Kate is currently Professor of English and Poet in Residence at Connecticut College in New London, CT.

The afternoon will be capped off with conversation with the poets about poetry and the writing life and a book signing reception.

The event is free, but space will be limited. If you’re sure you plan to attend, reserve a ticket below.  (It nay look like you are “buying” but the price is $0 – free.)

Donations gratefully accepted at the event or at our Donate page.

At this time given current Covid-19 uptick we anticipate asking attendees for proof of vaccination and to wear a mask. 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Sandisfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Mass Cultural Council



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July 17, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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