Neil Shepard’s sixth and seventh books of poetry were published in 2015: Hominid Up and a full collection of poems and photographs, Vermont Exit Ramps II. His five previous books include a chapbook, Vermont Exit Ramps, and four full collections of poetry: (T)ravel/Un(t)ravel, This Far from the Source, I’m Here Because I Lost My Way, and Scavenging the Country for a Heartbeat. He currently splits his time between Vermont and New York City, where he teaches poetry workshops at Poets House.
10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Capitol Park Welcome Center, Glass Room
Vanishing Coast: Multi-Genre Perspectives
11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
How It Is: Selected Poems
"Although Neil Shepard has long been associated with the stony foundations of Vermont, both by his luminous invocations of the natural world and his Frost-worthy, densely woven lyricism, he has emerged over the course of his writing life as an intrepid, wise and wry observer of the larger world. His poems are expansive, meticulous in their emotional cartography, and always historically resonant while still discovering those troubled reckonings of the self in motion, in travel. What emerges is nothing less than an ethical aesthetic, a narrative architecture that constellates around a strong moral center even as, at times, the poet's confidence in that center quietly dissolves in the deep bath of experience. Yet this impeccably crafted collection remains the voice of a mature, hard-won, and individual poetic resolve." - David St. John.
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