September 10, 2015
Poet Neil Shepard, founder and senior editor of the literary journal Green Mountains Review and former director of the BFA in Writing Program at Johnson State College, will read from his work on Thursday, Sept. 24, in the college’s Stearns Student Center Performance Space.
His 4 p.m. poetry reading is free and open to the public.
Shepard’s latest work, Hominid Up, his sixth book of poetry, was published this year by Salmon Poetry Press in Ireland.
Shepard taught writing at JSC until his retirement in 2009. In addition, he founded and directed the Writing Program at the Vermont Studio Center and helped found the Vermont jazz-poetry group PoJazz.
He currently splits his time between Vermont and New York City, where he teaches poetry workshops at The Poets House, and he is a core faculty member for the low-residency MFA Writing Program at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.
Shepard’s poems and essays have appeared in several hundred magazines, among them Antioch Review, New England Review, North American Review, Paris Review, Shenandoah, Southern Review and TriQuarterly. In addition, he has been a fellow at the MacDowell Arts Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Centre d’Art Marnay (France) and Tyrone Guthrie Arts Center (Ireland) as well as a visiting writer at the Chautauqua Writers Institute, The Frost Place and the Ossabaw Island Writers Retreat.
Shepard has a B.A. from University of Vermont, M.F.A. from Colorado State University and Ph.D. from Ohio University.