Tag Archives: Alice Persons

On a New School Year, and the Second September’s Poems


A hundred years ago, when I attended the Advanced Placement institute in St. Johnsbury, Vermont with two of my awesome teaching colleagues, the five-day workshop was presented by a man who talked quite a bit about poetry boot camp.  This was what he called the intensive however-long unit on poetry and analysis that he subjected …

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On Choosing What to Read: the Playlist


A bit of navel-gazing.  A bit of angst. Next week I’m going to be doing a reading as part of the Stonecoast Alumni Association program at the winter residency. I earned my MFA from the Stonecoast program of the University of Southern Maine, graduating in January of 2005.  In the interim I have published two …

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On Terry Plunkett and the Art of the Schmooze


Terry Plunkett, for nearly 30 years, was part of the English faculty at the University of Maine at Augusta.  In that time, he was also co-editor of Kennebec:  A Portfolio of Maine Writing.  Some years after he died in 1998, the Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival was established in his honor. I first met Terry …

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