Published four times per year on the solstices and equinoxes, PHQ explores the myriad ways writers make manifest their relationship to the botanical world, attempting to communicate across boundaries and possibly approach a plant’s-eye-view of the world.
PHQ Issue No. 1 includes poems and essays by Ellen Bass, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Frances Cannon (yours truly) , Stephen Cramer, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Chard deNiord, Hannah Fries, Forrest Gander, Jody Gladding, Kimiko Hahn, Brenda Hillman, Jane Hirshfield, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Sydney Lea, Cleopatra Mathis, Jim Moore, Pattiann Rogers, Scott Russell Sanders, Derek Sheffield, Michael Simms, Arthur Sze, J.P. White, Tony Whedon, and Patricia Zylius.
Here is the announcement that Sundog Poetry shared this week, and here is their website if you would like to learn more about the organization.
Welcoming our New Managing Director, Frances Cannon!
Sundog Poetry Center is pleased to announce its new managing director, Frances Cannon. Our search committee was impressed by so many of the applications we received for the managing director position, but Frances Cannon’s combination of skills as writer and visual artist, editor and teacher, grant-writer and website designer, as well as her commitment to cultivating new and under-represented voices in the Vermont literary community, made our final choice easy.
“We’re thrilled,” says Sundog Poetry’s Board President, Neil Shepard, “to have Frances Cannon leading us as we move forward into the post-pandemic arts world of Vermont.”
Cannon says of her recent appointment as Sundog Poetry’s new Managing Director, “The past year has been chaotic and difficult for many, myself included, and this new opportunity to work as Sundog’s Managing Director rose up out of the fog as a beacon; what a relief to find a group of like-minded literary friends, who happen to be kind, enthusiastic, and dedicated to the mission of sharing poetry across the state of Vermont. I look forward to joining the Sundog team, and I hope that my background in visual arts, creative writing, and teaching can bring some new ideas to an already thriving organization.”
She goes on to say, “I am so grateful to have found this job and to be shepherded into the position by the former director-poet, Sarah Audsley. I will strive to be a worthy and capable Managing Director, who can support and celebrate all manner of writers in Vermont: from established scholars to budding student-poets; all ages, all genders, all ethnicities, writers from marginalized communities—I will keep my arms and eyes open to the diverse and vibrant pulse of poetry in Vermont.”
After a two week training period in June, Frances Cannon will take the helm beginning July 1st. Welcome aboard, Frances!
I wrote and illustrated two new graphic book reviews of recently published collections of poetry, and the reviews have been published by the Green Mountains Review. The books are “To Make Room for the Sea” Adam Clay, read it here, and “Soft Targets” by Deborah Landau, read it here. Thank you to the Green Mountains Review for publishing this series of mine, and thank you to the authors of these books for giving me fodder for creative response. Here are excerpted panels of the Adam Clay review,
And here are excerpted panels of the Deborah Landau review,
I’m thrilled to announce that a new collaboration has been released into the world of hybrid art and literature—poetry and paintings, the former by the lovely and talented GennaRose Nethercott, and the latter by yours truly.
GennaRose is the author of the highly acclaimed and stunning book of poems, The Lumberjack’s Dove, which was published by HarperCollins, and was selected by Louise Gluck for the National Poetry Series in 2018. A hearty cheers for all of this, but more importantly for me, GennaRose is a delightful, enthusiastic presence in Vermont, where I have crossed paths with her in literary and artistic circles over the past decade. We finally came together to collaborate on this exchange of art and poetry, for the series published by 7×7.la, who describe their project this way:
“Launched in 2015 to facilitate a new kind of interdisciplinary collaboration, each 7×7 invites one visual artist and one writer to engage in a two-week creative conversation. The format, inspired by Surrealist games of the early 20th century, challenges participants to improvise, in their respective disciplines, a spontaneous story that pushes into ever-wilder imaginative terrain. Every finished 7×7 is singular, unclassifiable, and wholly original.”
I loved this process, and the results are pretty dandy.
I’m so excited to have been asked by Bianca Stone to join the Ruth Stone Foundation Reading Series at the Wishbone Collective in Winooski on May 17th, with Marina Blitshteyn, MC Hyland, and Leanne Ruell.
Again, the event will be hosted by Wishbone Collective in Winooski, and there will be books for sale by Antidote books. Doors at 6pm, reading at 6:30pm. Drinks and snacks will be available.
I am thrilled to have been asked to visit the MFA in Writing & Publishing program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts this upcoming February to speak about my career in writing, my experience with graphic literature, and my work with small independent publishers.
I’ll be joining a panel discussion, craft lecture, and reading on February 8th with Erin Stalcup and Justin Bigos to speak on our collective experience with being published by Gold Wake Press.
Then, I will be collaborating on a cross-genre craft lecture with Vermont poet and artist Bianca Stone on graphic literature.
In the evening, I will join several Vermont authors for a reading. (Time and place forthcoming).