Readings in the Gallery: An Evening with Neil Shepard & Peggy Sapphire

Neil Sheppard has published a chapbook of poems, Vermont Exit Ramps (Big Table Publishing, 2012), as well as five full collections of poetry—Scavenging the Country for a Heartbeat (First Book Award, Mid-List Press, 1993); I'm Here Because I Lost My Way (Mid-List, 1998); This Far from the Source (Mid-List, 2006); (T)ravel/Un(t)ravel (Mid-List, 2011); and most recently, Hominid Up (Salmon Poetry Press, 2015). His poems and essays appear in several magazines and online publications including Poem-A-Day (from the Academy of American Poets). He has been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. Shepard has been a fellow at the MacDowell Arts Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Centre d'Art Marnay (France), and Tyrone Guthrie Arts Center (Ireland); and he has been a visiting writer at The Frost Place. He founded and directed for eight years the Writing Program at the Vermont Studio Center.

Peggy Sapphire has written two books of poetry A Possible Explanation (Partisan Press, 2006) and In the End a Circle (Antrim House, 2009). She is also the co-editor of the book The Disenfranchised: Stories of Life and Grief When an Ex-Spouse Dies (Baywood Publishing Co., Inc., 2013). Her poetry has since appeared in numerous journals including Connecticut River Review, Flipside, The Country & Abroad, Caduceus and others. They have been anthologized in The Circle Continues (Innisfree Press), Poets Against The War (Thunder’s Mouth/Nation Books) and Hurricane Blues: Poems about Katrina and Rita (Southeast Missouri State University Press), Anthology of New England Writers, '01, '06. Her short fiction has appeared in The Underwood Review. She has served on the Board of Trustees for The Frost Place, Franconia, NH, and as Editor of the Connecticut River Review, published by Connecticut Poetry Society.

This event will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Programs are free, open to the public and handicapped accessible.  Space is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and will close no later than 7:15 p.m. 

For additional information and the 2015 Readings in the Gallery schedule, please contact the Athenaeum at 802-748-8291 or visit the website