Small Animal Project presents a reading by three poets who promise to be just right for whatever this New England weather decides to throw our way early next week.
David Blair, David Rivard & Sam Witt
186 1/2 Hampshire Street
8 pm, free
About the readers
David Blair grew up in Pittsburgh. His first book Ascension Days was chosen by Thomas Lux for the 2006 Del Sol Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in the anthologies The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and Zoland Poetry, Boston Review, Fourth River, Fulcrum, The Greensboro Review, The Harvard Review, The Hat, Ploughshares, and Verse. He’s an associate professor at The New England Institute of Art, and he lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
David Rivard is the author of four books: Sugartown (Graywolf, 2006), Bewitched Playground (Graywolf, 2000), Wise Poison (Graywolf, 1996), the winner of the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets in 1996 and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Torque ( Pitt, 1988), winner of the Starrett Poetry Prize. Among his other awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Arts Foundation and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, as well as the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and teenage daughter, and teaches in the MFA program in writing at the University of New Hampshire.
Sam Witt is the author of two poetry collections, Everlasting Quail (UPNE, 2001), winner of the Katherine Nason Bakeless Prize, and Sunflower Brother (Cleveland State University Press, 2006). He has taught at Harvard University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and at Whitman College. Witt is currently looking for a publisher for his new manuscript, “Occupation: Dreamland,” while freelancing and living in Charlottesville, Virginia.