Putney's Next Stage hosts poet Bianca Stone


PUTNEY >> Next Stage Arts Project continues its literary series, Next Stage Speaks, on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. with Bianca Stone hosted by poet Chard DeNiord. There is a suggested donation at the door of $10.

Stone is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of several chapbooks, most recently "I Saw The Devil With His Needlework," and the poetry-comic, "I Want To Open The Mouth God Gave You, Beautiful Mutant."

Her first full-length collection is "Someone Else's Wedding Vow."

Stone is the editor of Monk Books, a small press that publishes limited-edition chapbooks of poetry and art, and is also a regular contributor for The Poetry Blog. Her poems have appeared in such magazines as Best American Poetry 2011, Conduit, Crazyhorse, and Tin House.

Stone collaborated with Anne Carson on "Antigonick," a new kind of comic book and translation. She lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, poet Ben Pease, and their cat. Stone is the chair of the Ruth Stone Foundation, an organization honoring the work of Stone's grandmother, poet Ruth Stone.

The Next Stage Speaks format includes poet Chard DeNiord conducting an interview with the featured guest about their career and recent works. The interview is followed by a reading, then followed by a question and answer perioed.

DeNiord is the author of four books of poems, "The Double Truth," which was named one of the 10 best books of poetry in 2011 by the Boston Globe, "Night Mowing," "Sharp Golden Thorn," and "Asleep in the Fire." He is also the author of a book of interviews with seven senior American poets (Galway Kinnell, Ruth Stone, Jack Gilbert, Lucille Clifton, Donald Hall, Maxine Kumin, Robert Bly), titled "Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs, Conversations and Reflections on Contemporary American Poetry." His fifth book of poems, "Interstate," is scheduled to be released soon.

A co-founder of the New England College MFA Program in Poetry, he works as a Professor of English at Providence College and lives Westminster West.

For more information contact nextstagearts@gmail.com or call 802-387-0102.

Next Stage Arts Project, winner of the 2014 ArtPlace America grant, is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney's cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage. The newly renovated performance space is now accessible, comfortable and air-conditioned.

Since its founding in early 2011, NSAP has hosted dozens events including classical, folk, and popular music concerts, theater, film and a spoken word series. Authors who have appeared include Tim Weiner, Carol Gilligan, Taylor Mali, Archer Mayor, Victoria Redel, Verandah Porche and Sydney Lea.

Information about upcoming events is available at: www.nextstagearts.org


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