Poets Brenda Shaughnessy and Arda Collins will read from their work at a Blue House Visiting Writers Series event on Tuesday, April 12.

Readings by Noted Poets Shaughnessy, Collins

Poets Brenda Shaughnessy (left) and Arda Collins will read from their work at a Blue House Visiting Writers Series event on Tuesday, April 12, in the Alumnae Library Theater.

Writers Series to Host Readings by Poets Shaughnessy, Collins

The Blue House at the College of Our Lady of the Elms will present a reading by writers Brenda Shaughnessy and Arda Collins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the Alumnae Library Theater. A reception will precede the event at 7 p.m. The public is invited to this free event.

“These two writers are heroes of mine. I would not be the kind of writer I am without their work,” said Dan Chelotti, assistant professor of English at Elms College.

“They are both poets' poets,” he added. “Neither writer is afraid of anything. They will take on any emotional challenge.”

Brenda Shaughnessy’s most recent collection of poems is So Much Synth (2016). Her other books are Our Andromeda, which was named to the New York Times 100 Notable Books and was also a finalist for the Griffin International Prize; Human Dark with Sugar, a James Laughlin Award recipient and finalist for the NBCC Award; and Interior with Sudden Joy. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, T magazine, The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Poetry and elsewhere. She was a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2013 and is an associate professor of English/creative writing at Rutgers University­ in Newark.

Shaughnessy also has agreed to give a reading and talk to teen mothers at The Care Center in Holyoke. “Every April, The Blue House and The Care Center will co-host an event with a prize-winning poet,” Chelotti said.

Arda Collins is the author of a collection of poems, It Is Daylight (2009), which was awarded the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, The American Poetry Review, jubilat and elsewhere. She is a recipient of the May Sarton Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Denver. She has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU, and currently serves as the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer in Residence at Smith College.

“I fully expect that we will all be in trances by the end of this event -- trances that will make us all go home and write,” Chelotti said.