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"Beyond Words: The Zen of Poetry" with poet Chase Twichell
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La Grua Center and James Merrill House presents an evening with award-winning poet Chase Twichell on September 8, 2013, from 5pm to 6pm. Twichell, a practicing Buddhist, will discuss her work and how it reflects her spiritual practice. This event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Chase Twichell earned her M.F.A. from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, where she also studied graphic design and letterpress printing. She is the author of seven books of poetry—most recently Horses Where Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems (2010), for which she won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. She has also received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Robert Pinsky described her collection The Snow Watcher (1998) as “full of sharp observation, both of the world and herself, unsentimental poems with a sinewy intellectual toughness.” Twichell has taught at Princeton, Goddard College, Warren Wilson College, the University of Alabama, and Hampshire College. In 1999, she left teaching to start Ausable Press, a nonprofit independent literary press that she until ran until its acquisition by Copper Canyon Press in 2009. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Nation, Tricycle, Field, and The Yale Review. Married to the novelist Russell Banks, she divides her time between upstate New York and Florida.

The La Grua Center is located at 7 Stonington Commons, 32 Water Street, Stonington, CT and is accessible. For directions phone (860) 535-2300.


The James Merrill House is a non-profit organization operated by the Stonington Village Improvement Association to preserve the former home of Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet James Merrill and make this exceptional space available as a residence for writers. In addition, JMH organizes outreach programs, including writing workshops in the community and local schools, reading groups, and public seminars and lectures.

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