Poetry with Strings Attached
Location: Rose O’Neill Literary House
CHESTERTOWN, MD—The Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College will host its final Summer Poetry Salon of the 2013 season on Tuesday, July 23, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. with readings by poets Sarah Arvio and Elana Bell and classical music by violinist Nevin Dawson and violist Meredeth Buxton. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on the enclosed porch of the Literary House, 407 Washington Avenue.
Dawson and Buxton will open the program with a 20-minute set, followed by individual readings by Arvio and Bell. Complimentary refreshments will be served.
Sarah Arvio’s latest collection, night thoughts: 70 dream poems & notes from an analysis (Knopf 2013), is a book of poetry, a memoir, and an essay. Her earlier books are Visits from the Seventh and Sono: Cantos. She has been awarded the Rome Prize of the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and Guggenheim and Bogliasco Fellowships, among other honors. Now living near the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, she grew up in New York and for two decades worked as a translator for the United Nations there and in Switzerland. She also has taught poetry at Princeton.
The critic Grace Cavalieri wrote that night thoughts “is influential because it is one of a kind… almost a game changer in the field. Never have symbols had so many faces,” she added. “These are works of strong feelings… From the uncomfortable silence of the psyche’s tundra, Arvio wrings out her truth.”
Elana Bellis writer-in-residence for the Bronx Academy of Letters and poetry editor for the Jewish Journal. Her first collection of poetry, Eyes, Stones (LSU Press 2012) was the winner of the 2011 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. She has received grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, and others, and her work has recently appeared in AGNI, Harvard Review, and Massachusetts Review. She has led numerous creative writing workshops for audiences that include women in prison, educators, and Israeli and Palestinian high school students, as well as for the peace building and leadership organization, Seeds of Peace. She resides in Brooklyn with her husband, writer Jai Chakrabarti.
Nevin Dawson (violin, viola) studied music at Penn State University and has played with many symphonies and chamber ensembles, including Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. He has also played with a variety of rock and folk bands for more than 15 years, and currently plays with The Pam Ortiz Band, Harp & Soul, and Ricky Walls and the North County Pickers. He teaches violin and viola at Music Life in Chestertown.
Merideth Buxton (viola) earned her Bachelors of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, and her Masters of Music at Ithaca College. She has performed and taught on the Eastern Shore since 1982 and has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in area orchestras. She and her husband, Don Buxton, were awarded the 2013 Outstanding Arts Achievement Award from the Talbot County Arts Council for “significant contributions to the artistic, cultural and educational enrichment of the Mid-Shore Area.”