Join us for an afternoon of insightful and moving poetry with Christopher Jane Corkery and Cammy Thomas who will read from and discuss their latest work.
Christopher Jane Corkery's first book, Blessing, appeared in 1985 from Princeton in the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poetry. She published widely in journals throughout the 90s and 2000s while raising a family in Concord with her husband. In her second book, Love Took the Words (Slant Books, 2020), the occasions for her poems are often domestic: the thrill of youthful romance, of marriage and family, of children inventing new worlds. Again and again Corkery is drawn to the essential way that poetry enacts love. In fullness or in scarcity, in loving or in grief, both writer and reader are engaged, fulfilling the contract of poetry. Corkery is at work on a third volume begun at the American Academy in Rome where she was a visiting artist in early 2020. Educated at Manhattanville College and Trinity College Dublin, she spent most of her teaching life at the College of the Holy Cross where she taught critical and creative writing. She lives in Cambridge.
Cammy Thomas reads from her third collection published by Four Way Books, Tremors (September, 2021). The poet Alan Shapiro has said the poems "form a coherent, insightful, and very moving arc from the wrong beginnings of a childhood marked by privilege and abuse, whose traumatic dependencies were/are only partly tempered by ambivalent love and belated understanding, to a complex, mature and at times visionary grasp of the intricacies and inextricabilities of beauty and loss, desire and separation."
Thomas’ first book of poems, Cathedral of Wish, received the 2006 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. A fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation helped her complete her second book, Inscriptions She has taught literature and creative writing for many years, including at Concord Academy. She lives in Lexington.