On February 10, 2021

Award winning poet Joy Priest featured in virtual reading

Joy Preist

JOHNSON—Vermont Studio Center will hold a virtual visiting writer reading and writing craft talk with award-winning poet, Joy Priest through Virtual VSC on Feb. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. and 10 a.m., respectively. Joy Priest will give a 30-minute reading with a short Q&A session to follow and a one-hour writing craft talk. Both events are free and open to the public.

Joy Priest is the author of “Horsepower” (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), which won the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for best first book in any genre. She is the recipient of the Stanley Kunitz Prize from the American Poetry Review and her work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, The Atlantic, Poets & Writers, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among others.

In her debut poetry collection, “Horsepower,” selected by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey as the winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, Joy Priest explores identity and racism in the U.S. through finely crafted poems of memory, family, and place. “It will be exciting to hear directly from this author about the thinking and origins behind her debut collection,” said Sarah Audsley, Writing Across Media facilitator and host of the upcoming events.

Virtual VSC offers a rich variety of new on-line, readings, artist talks, book discussions, craft conversations and gallery shows. Virtual VSC is open to the public and engages an international community of artists and writers in a diversity of compelling, thought provoking online experiences designed to create meaningful connections and encourage creative exploration.  Find more information on all of Virtual VSC’s offerings at vermontstudiocenter.org/events-calendar.

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