2013 Bennett Fellow Reading in the Library

Molly Bashaw, Bennett Fellow
Molly Bashaw, Bennett Fellow

Phillips Exeter Academy’s 2013 Bennett Fellow, Molly Bashaw, will perform a reading of her work on May 7th in the Library’s Periodicals Room at 7pm.

Molly Bashaw grew up on small farms in Massachusetts and Upstate New York. She holds degrees in Music Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany, in addition to a degree in English from the University of Rochester. For the last twelve years she has been living and working as a freelance bass-trombonist in Germany. Her poetry has appeared recently in Beloit Poetry Journal, and Crazyhorse, where it was awarded the 2011 Lynda Hull Memorial Award. Molly will be attending the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference in August on a work-study scholarship.  Please join us to hear her perform her work!


Spring 2011 Lamont Poet Revealed

Poet Laureate Kay Ryan (Library of Congress/Abby Brack photo)

Kay Ryan, the 2008-2010 U.S. Poet Laureate, will be the Spring 2011 Lamont Poet. She’ll be on campus on Wednesday, April 27th to give a reading in the Assembly Hall at 7:30pm. The event will be free and open to the public.

The following bio was taken from the Library of Congress website devoted to Poet Laureates:

Kay Ryan was born in 1945 in San Jose, California, and grew up in the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert. For more than 30 years, she taught remedial English at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. Ryan’s poems are known for their brevity, wit, and frequent use of slant and internal rhymes.

You can read the full entry here.

2010 Lamont Poet Comes to Campus

Hass's most recent book of poetry

Robert Hass, the 2010 Lamont Poet, will come to Phillips Exeter on November 4th for a free and open to the public reading at 7:30pm in the Assembly Hall. Hass, who was the 1995-1997 U.S. Poet Laureate, as well as a National Book Award winner and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, is known for much more than just his poetry. Hass has also been a crusader for American literacy as well as a champion of environmental causes,  which won him the 1997 Educator of the Year by the North American Association on Environmental Education.

The Library of Congress offers an online resource guide to Hass, where you can find links to more information about the poet, including audio and video excerpts.

You can learn more about the Lamont Poetry Program here.

2010 Lamont Poet, W.S. Merwin, named the new U.S. Poet Laureate

Just two months after giving a reading at the Academy as part of the Lamont Poetry series, W.S. Merwin was named Poet Laureate of the United States. You can read the official Library of Congress press release here, and a recently published New York Times article about  Merwin here.

To read a handwritten poem by Merwin, as well as those of the other Lamont Poets, please see the Library’s special online exhibit.

The new U.S. Poet Laureate, W.S. Merwin (photo by Brian Crowley)

Fall 2010 Lamont Poet Selected

Poet Robert L. Hass

The Lamont Poetry Committee has just announced that Robert L. Hass will be next fall’s Lamont Poet. Hass is an American poet who served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. He was awarded both the 2007 National Book Award and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for “Time and Materials.” He’s scheduled to be on campus November 4th-5th for a reading that will be open to the public, and to meet with with students.

The 2009-20010 Lamont Poetry Committee. Back row, left to right: Todd Hearon, Brooks Moriarity, Matt Miller. Front row, left to right: Jane Cadwell, Jackie Thomas, Eimer Page, Tanya Waterman, and Ralph Sneeden.

Deadline Looms for Aspiring Poets

The 2009 Lamont Younger Poets Prize winners

Friday, April 16th, will be the last day that Academy students’ submissions for the Lamont Younger Poets Prize will be accepted. 

The prize commemorates the dedication of English instructor Rex McGuinn to student poetry at Exeter – particularly his encouragement of student poets at the ninth- and tenth-grade levels. In such a spirit, the Lamont Younger Poets Prize seeks to recognize promise as well as achievement in the early years of a student’s developing craft. 

Up to four Prize winners will be selected and invited to read their poems at the Academy Library in the Lamont Poetry Room, with a reception to follow. Submissions should be addressed to Todd Hearon, Department of English. Poems should include the author’s name and grade level on the back page; only one poem may be submitted per student. There is no restriction as to form or subject; the length of the poem, however, should not exceed 100 lines. The deadline for submissions in 2010 will be Friday, April 16. 

You can find out more on Rex McGuinn, and see a list of past winners here.