You are cordially invited to join OSHER@Dartmouth members and Study Leaders as they read from their current work. Their writing encompasses both the personal and professional: lifetimes of rich and diverse experiences. We hope you can join us in this, our eleventh literary evening. - Pam Ahlen, event organizer
Sonja Hakala's career as a professional writer includes work in numerous newspapers, magazines, and ten books (so far). She will be reading from one of her four novels (The Road Unsalted, Thieves of Fire, The Dazzling Uncertainty of Life, and Lights in Water, Dancing) about a little town in Vermont called Carding that no one can seem to find on a map. Sonja also publishes short stories about Carding every Thursday on her website, SonjaHakala.com.
Jonathan Stableford enjoyed a long career as an educator and now finds in retirement that he has time to write. He has been leading OSHER classes in literature for the past 8 years, and is a regular contributor to the "Perspectives" page of the Valley News. He will be reading from his story "Somewhere With a Sigh", which won second place in NARRATIVE magazine's Spring 2018 fiction contest. The story is part of a collection for which Jon is trying to find a publisher.
Laura Foley is the author of six poetry collections, including, most recently, WTF and Night Ringing. Her work has been published in journals around the world. Her poem "Gratitude List" won the Common Good Books poetry contest and was read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer's Almanac. Her poem "Nine Ways of Looking at Light" won the Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest, judged by Marge Piercy. Her book, The Glass Tree, won a Foreword Review Prize for Poetry.
Suzanne Hinman holds a Ph.D. in American art history and has been a curator, museum director, professor, and art model. Her interest in the Gilded Age and the Cornish Art Colony grew while associate director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. The Grandest Madison Square Garden: Art, Scandal, & Architecture in Gilded Age New York, is written to engage the general reader and place them directly in 1890s Manhattan with Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Stanford White. Suzanne will be reading from the prologue.
Jessica Aiken-Hall is the author of an award-winning memoir, The Monster That Ate My Mommy. She is a graduate of Springfield College with a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Jessica is a Reiki Master and End of Life Dula focusing her attention on healing. Currently, she is the Director of the Horse Meadow Senior Center. Jessica was a guest on the Dr. Phil show, where some of her story was discussed.
Geoffrey Douglas is the author of five nonfiction books and more than 100 magazine pieces, many of them widely anthologized. A former reporter, editor, columnist and adjunct professor of creative writing at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell, he'll be reading from his most recent book, The Grifter, The Poet and the Runaway Train, a collection of his stories for Yankee, written over the past 20-plus years.