Join us for our monthly open mic poetry night! Our featured reader for March is Jeff Friedman. After his reading, there will be an open mic. Please bring one or two poems to share, or just come to listen!
Jeff Friedman’s seventh book, Floating Tales—a collection of prose poems, fables, and mini tales— was published Plume Editions/MadHat Press in fall 2017. He has published six previous poetry collections, Pretenders (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2014); Working in Flour (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2011); Black Threads (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2008); Taking Down the Angel (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2003); Scattering the Ashes (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1998); and The Record-Breaking Heat Wave (BkMk Press at University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1986). His poems, mini tales and translations have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, New England Review, The Antioch Review, Sentence, Indiana Review, Poetry International, Plume, Hotel Amerika, Flash Fiction Funny, New World Writing, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, The Antioch Review, the Missouri Review, Vestal Review, Smokelong Quarterly, 100-Word Story, Agni Online, The New Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish Poets, New Flash Fiction Review, The New Republic and dozens of other literary magazines. He has won numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship (awarded jointly with cotranslator Dzvinia Orlowsky), the Milton Dorfman Poetry Prize, The Missouri Review Editor’s Prize, and two individual artist grants from the New Hampshire State Arts Council. Dzvinia Orlowsky’s and his translation of Memorials by Polish Poet Mieczslaw Jastrun was published by Lavender Ink/Dialogos in August 2014. Friedman collaborated with Nati Zohar and Howard Schwartz on the anthology Two Gardens: Modern Hebrew Poems of the Bible, translations of poems written by Israeli poets, published by Singing Bone Press in 2016. He has taught at Keene State College for many years. A contributing editor to Natural Bridge, Friedman lives in West Lebanon, New Hampshire with the artist Colleen Randall and their dog Ruby.
The Ferguson Reading Series is a monthly poetry night, featuring a reading by a local or regional poet or writer, followed by an open mic for allon the second Wednesday of each month at Water Street Bookstore. It is named in honor of poet, writer, and teacher John Ferguson, who established the series in 2008.