Poet Oni Buchanan April 20 at PSU

April 17th, 2010 by Adam

Plymouth, N.H.Oni Buchanan, an award-winning poet and concert pianist will present the final reading in the 2009-2010 Eagle Pond Authors’ Series at 7 p.m. April 20. The reading will be held in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth.

Buchanan is the author of Spring, which was selected by Mark Doty for the 2007 National Poetry Series. Spring is also a Poetry Honors winner of the 2009 Massachusetts Book Awards. Judges wrote that Spring is “a work that grips down and awakens the very roots of the poetic process, that is still and still moving, a ‘journeywork’ as Whitman might have called it; a multidimensional text that will transform the way Buchanan’s generation and future generations of poets approach poem-making.”

Spring includes a Flash-animation CD of Buchanan’s large-scale kinetic poem, “The Mandrake Vehicles” which she will perform at the Plymouth State reading.

What Animal, Buchanan’s first book, was published in 2003. It was selected as a winner of the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series competition.

Buchanan’s poems have been selected for numerous anthologies and have been published in many print and online literary journals. Most recently they have appeared in the “New Orleans Review,” the “Columbia Poetry Review,” “Conduit,” “Gulf Coast,” “Copper Nickel,” “Drunken Boat,” jubliat” and “Seneca Review.”

Among her many recent honors, Buchanan received the Stanley P. Young Fellowship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and she was named a Poetry Society of America New American Poet.

Buchanan holds a BA in English and music from the University of Virginia, and MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a master’s degree in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS, and readings often sell out. A book sale and reception will follow the reading.

The Eagle Pond Authors’ series is named for former New Hampshire and U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall’s ancestral home in Wilmot. Hall is cofounder of the series, which is presented by the Silver Center and supported by a generous grant from the Plymouth State University Bookstore and Follett Higher Education Group.

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