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The literary community of southern New Hampshire, where Barnstorm makes its home, hosts numerous events and readings throughout the year.

Fall 2017

September 22: Read Free or Die, 7-9pm, Book and Bar, Portsmouth, NH. Come hear students from UNH's MFA program read their poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Free and open to the public.

October 3: Reading with Alice McDermott, 5-6pm, University of New Hampshire, Hamilton Smith 210. McDermott’s eighth novel, The Ninth Hour, will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in September 2017.  Her seventh novel, Someone, 2013, was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Patterson Prize for Fiction, and long-listed for the National Book Award. Three of her previous novels, After This, At Weddings and Wakes and That Night, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Charming Billy won the National Book Award for fiction in 1998. It was also a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award.  That Nightwas a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her stories, essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Harpers and elsewhere.  She has received the Whiting Writers Award, the Carington Award for Literary Excellence, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for American Literature. In 2013, she was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. She is the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University.  She received her MA in English/Writing from the University of New Hampshire in 1978.

November 16: Reading with poet Fred Merchant, 5-6pm, University of New Hampshire, Hamilton Smith 210. Said Not Said, Fred Marchant’s new collection of poetry, was published by Graywolf Press in May 2017, with Jorge Diaz in Booklist describing it as a "sublime and subtle collection." Marchant is also the author of The Looking House and Full Moon Boat, both published by Graywolf Press. House on Water, House in Air, a new and selected collection was published by Dedalus Press in Dublin, Ireland, and his first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Word Works Washington Prize in poetry. It was recently reissued, with an introduction by Nick Flynn, in a twentieth anniversary second edition. Marchant is also the co-translator (with Nguyen Ba Chung) of From a Corner of My Yard, by Tran Dang Khoa, and Con Dau Prison Songs by Vo Que, both published in Hanoi. His recent work has appeared in AGNIBarrow StreetHarvard ReviewField, Ocean State ReviewPlume, and Solstice, among others. Editor of Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947 (Graywolf Press, 2008), he is also an Emeritus Professor of English and the Founding Director of the Suffolk University Poetry Center in Boston. He continues to teach in a wide variety of workshop settings across the country, ranging from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA to the Veteran Writing Group in the Bay Area. He was the 2009 co-winner (with Afaa Michael Weaver) of the May Sarton Award from the New England Poetry Club, given to poets whose “work is an inspiration to other poets.” For more information on Marchant's work:




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