Two-time New Hampshire Poet Laureate Donald Hall will read his poems at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 9 at the Silver Cultural Arts Center. The reading is part of the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series, which takes its name from Hall’s home in Wilmot.
Hall has published 15 books of poetry, most recently The Painted Bed (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) and Without: Poems (1998). Houghton Mifflin will publish his latest book, Willow Temple, a collection of his short stories, in May.
He has also written books on baseball, the sculptor Henry Moore and the poet Marianne Moore; children’s books, including Ox-Cart Man (1979), which won the Caldecott Medal; short stories, and plays. He has also published several autobiographical works, such as Life Work (1993), and has edited more than two dozen textbooks and anthologies. His most recent award was the New England Booksellers Association’s President’s Award.
Hall was born in Connecticut, but as a young person, he spent summers at his grandparents’ farm in Wilmot, where he first began to write. He studied at Phillips Exeter and went on to earn his B.A. from Harvard and his B. Litt. from Oxford.
Hall has a long relationship with Plymouth State College, which awarded him an honorary degree in 1980. The PSC Alumni Association honored him with their Robert Frost Contemporary American Award in 1997.
The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series is sponsored by the Plymouth State College Bookstore (Barnes and Noble). There is no charge for admission, but seating is limited. Call the Silver Cultural Arts Center box office at 603-535-ARTS for tickets. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.
For more information about the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series logon to http://www.plymouth.edu/psc/cac/02-03season/eaglepond.htm .