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Hogback Community College                                                  POETRY in the WATERSHED

Ours is a community with numerous individuals who both love poetry and feel strongly affiliated with our forested landscape. In appreciation of the contributions of Hogback Community College, John Elder would like to invite anyone who is interested in doing so to explore a small group of poems by Emily Dickinson together.


Dickinson, in addition to being an extraordinarily original writer, was a New Englander whose poems often begin in close observation of the natural world. While enjoying their distinctive language, images, and rhythms we may find that we are also helped to sharpen our focus on Bristol's own buzzing and blooming world.


This will be a free-standing session rather than the first installment of a class, but if it feels worthwhile to participants it may be followed at irregular intervals by gatherings devoted to other poets. If you're interested in attending, please RSVP and download a pdf of the selected poems for the evening below. Anyone who just wants to drop in on the spur of the moment will be welcome too.

On Thursday, June 23rd, we will meet from 7 to 9 at the Bristol Bakery.The bakery is generously making space available free of charge, and there will be no fee for the evening. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be available for purchase.

Date: June 23, 2016

Time: 7 - 9pm

Cost: Free



From 1973 to 2010 John Elder taught at Middlebury College, where he was the Stewart Professor of English and Environmental Studies and was known for his wonderful teaching and for his critical work on nature writing. He is the author of Picking Up the Flute (just released by Green Writers Press) and Reading the Mountains of Home and has edited an encyclopedia, American Nature Writers, and (with Robert Finch) The Norton Anthology of Nature Writing. He lives with his family in Bristol, Vermont.


To register: RSVP by signing in here. Download a pdf of selected Dickinson poems for the evening.