Bennett Fellow Reading

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On Wednesday May 16th, The Class of 1945 Library will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the George Bennett Fellowship with a reading by Mairead Small Staid ’06, 2017-2018 George Bennett Fellow.

Mairead Small Staid is a MacDowell Fellow and a graduate of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, where she received Hopwood Awards in nonfiction and poetry. Her recent work can be found in AGNIThe BelieverThe Georgia ReviewKenyon ReviewNarrativeNinth Letter, and Ploughshares.

The George Bennett Fellowship was established by Elias B.M. Kulukundis ’55 in honor of PEA English Instructor George Bennett. The one-year fellowship has provided writers “of outstanding promise” with the support they need to pursue their craft.

The reading will be held in the Library’s Rockefeller Hall from 7:00 – 8:00pm.  The event is free and open to the public.

Poetry Reading by Matt Miller

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The Friends of the Academy Library invite you to a reading and book signing by Matt Miller, Phillips Exeter Academy Instructor in English, in celebration of his new book of poetry The Wounded for the Water. The event will be held on Wednesday April 18th from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Library’s Rockefeller Hall.

Matt Miller is the author of Club Icarus, selected by Major Jackson as the 2012 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize winner, and Cameo Dinner: Poems (Loom Press). He has published poems and essays in Slate, Harvard Review, Narrative Magazine, Notre Dame Review, Southwest Review, crazyhorse, Third Coast, The Rumpus, and The Adroit Journal, among other journals. Winner of the 2015 River Styx Microfiction Prize and Iron Horse Review’s 2015 Trifecta Poetry Prize, he is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry from Stanford University and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Poetry from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Reviews for The Wounded for the Water
“The reality of drowning, and the powerful metaphor of it, inform Matt Miller’s lyrical muscular new collection. Although water, violent or not, is often the book’s setting, these relentless poems explore the pain and perils of tenderness, of friendship, our physical and moral vulnerability, the challenges of loving and being loved. As Miller puts himself at risk again and again, his poetry grabs me by the throat, breaks my heart, even makes me laugh—and, oddly, gives me hope.”
–Gail Mazur
author of Forbidden City

“One needs read only a poem or two in Matt Miller’s The Wounded for the Water to sense we’re in the hands of a poet with tremendous control. There are musical moments so lush I hear echoes of Hopkins, coupled with a tender directness and images of clinical grit. Whether he’s offering the straight dope on the different suits boys try on as they audition for manhood, or meditating on what the rain can and can’t wash away, Miller takes us time and time again to the moment, as children, when the force of the world struck us, and we were left to examine the mark.”
–Michael Bazzet
author of Our Lands Are Not So Different


Wikipedia Edit-a-thon


This Sunday evening from 4-7pm, The Class of 1945 Library has invited all members of the Phillips Exeter Academy community to participate in our first Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.  We’ll be editing Wikipedia together to improve entries on subjects related to gender, feminism, and the arts. Expert Wikipedian and MIT Librarian Phoebe Ayers will provide tutorials and lead a discussion on Wikipedia.

This edit-a-thon is just one of many that is being held through the month of March as part of the international Art+Feminism campaign to improve content on cis and trans women and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage women to participate on the online encyclopedia.

Curious about what we’ll be doing at the edit-a-thon? Here’s a quick look at Art+Feminism Edit-a-thons from previous years.

This event is offered in conjunction with the Lamont Gallery’s Representing Feminism(s) exhibition February 23rd through April 21, 2018.

More information about the event can be found on our event page: PEA Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.

Women’s History Month: Streaming Video Content

Did you know that the Class of 1945 Library provides access to streaming video collections?  In honor of Women’s History Month, we have compiled a selection of videos on women that can be found in Classroom Video on Demand and Academic Video Online. These videos can be viewed on or off-campus with a PEA login.

The Ascent of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story
“In this four-part series, Dr. Amanda Foreman traverses countries and continents to uncover and interrogate key stories of the strong, radical and revolutionary women that have made and changed the course of human history from 10,000 BC to the present day.” Classroom Video On Demand

!Women Art Revolution
“An entertaining and revelatory ‘secret history’ of Feminist Art, !Women Art Revolution deftly illuminates this under-explored movement through conversations, observations, archival footage and works of visionary artists, historians, curators and critics. Starting from its roots in the 1960s antiwar and civil rights protest, this film details major developments in women’s art through the 1970s and explores how the tenacity and courage of these  pioneering artists resulted in what is now widely regarded as the most significant art movment of the late 20th century.” Academic Video Online

Reel Herstory: The REAL story of Reel Women with Jodie Foster
“Jodie Foster takes us on a sweeping journey that looks at the remarkable achievements of femal filmmakers from 1896 into the 21st century who transforme dthe way we look at movies. Academic Video Online

Her Story: The Female Revolution
This fascinating four-part series from the BBC “explore how, from the highest echelons of society, to the lowest rungs of the global ladder, a quiet revolution has been taking place.  Women today have the power of self-determination; the autonomy to choose their own life paths and identities, rather than those enforced on them.  And while there is still oppression and repression from West to East, females the world over are grasping opportunities denied to those who went before them.” Classroom Video On Demand

“In this series of eight programs from PBS NewsHour, women and men speak up about sexual harassment.” Classroom Video On Demand

Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month this March, we’re showcasing women’s stories from our collections in a monthlong series of posts.

To start out strong, we’ve selected six titles that feature a combined total of 222 stories about amazing women in science, sports, the arts, and more.

HeadstrongHeadstrong: 52 women who changed science– and the world by Rachel Swaby
Call Number: 509.252 S9711 h
“Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby’s vibrant profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one’s ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they’re best known.”


womeninsportsWomen in Sports: 50 fearless athletes who played to win
by Rachel Ignotofsky
Call Number: 796.09252 I247 w
“A charmingly illustrated and inspiring book, Women in Sports highlights the achievements and stories of fifty notable women athletes–from well-known figures like tennis player Billie Jean King and gymnast Simone Biles, to lesser-known athletes like skateboarding pioneer Patti McGee…”


girlslikeusGirls Like Us: 40 extraordinary women celebrate girlhood in story, poetry, and song
by Gina Misiroglu (Editor)
Call Number: 920.72 G5255
“In Girls Like Us, 40 accomplished, influential women share inspiring moments from their own childhoods and teenage years.”




broadstrokesBroad Strokes: 15 women who made art and made history (in that order)
by Bridget Quinn
Call Number: New Books
“This book chronicles the lives and art of 15 often overlooked female artists from the Renaissance to the modern day.”




becauseiwasagirlBecause I Was a Girl: true stories for girls of all ages
by Melissa De la Cruz
Call Number: 305.4 B388
Because I Was a Girl is an inspiring collection of [thirty-eight] true stories by women and girls about the obstacles, challenges, and opportunities they’ve faced…because of their gender.”




Dead Feminists: historic heroines in living color
by Chandler O’Leary & Jessica Spring
Call Number: 305.42 O451 d
“Providing a new and illuminating look at 27 women who’ve changed the world, Dead Feminists ties these historical women and the challenges they faced into the most important issues of today. Based on the cult-following limited edition Dead Feminists letterpress poster series by illustrator Chandler O’Leary and letterpress artist Jessica Spring, the book combines new art and lettering, archival photographs and ephemera, and revisits the original poster to tell each woman’s story.”

Black History Month: New Fiction and Non-Fiction

For this week’s post celebrating Black History Month, we’ve compiled a booklist of recent fiction and non-fiction titles.  Click on a book cover for more information or view the booklist in its entirety here.


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Looking for more suggested titles?   Take a look at Boston Public Library’s annual Black Is… booklists,  published in honor of Black History Month.

Black History Month: African American Poets

With Lamont Poet Gregory Pardlo’s reading less than a week away, we are dedicating this week’s blog post on African American writers to some of the previous Lamont Poets that have visited Phillips Exeter Academy.

Pulitzer-prize winning poet Tyehimba Jess visited campus this past fall as part of the Lamont Poetry Series.  His works include Olio (2016) and leadbelly  (2005).  Next winter, senior English students will have the opportunity to study Jess’s works through an author immersion course.


Lamont Poet (winter 2016) Afaa Michael Weaver’s works include Spirit Boxing (2017), City of Eternal Spring (2014), and The Government of Nature (2013).  To see what other works by Weaver are available at the library, search Biblion, our library catalog.


Another past Lamont Poet (2012) is  Natasha Trethewey, the 19th Poet Laureate for the United States (2012-2014) and a Pulitzer Prize winner (2007).  Works by Trethewey that can be found in the Library’s poetry collection include Thrall (2012), Beyond Katrina (2010), and Native Guard (2006).


Other award-winning poets who have come to campus as part of the Lamont Poetry Series, include Major Jackson (fall 2008), Yusef Komunyakaa (spring 2000), Lucille Clifton (winter 1987), and Gwendolyn Brooks (winter 1986). Their works and a wealth of others can be found in the literature section up on floor 3M.

Looking for poetry to read or listen to online?  Check out these listings of works the Poetry Foundation and Academy of American Poets has compiled in honor of Black History Month.