News and Reviews

Catherine Staples review of Orion on the Dunes in The Massachusetts Review blog.

Within the protected lands of the Cape Cod National Seashore, in the small salt-box cottage we rent each summer, you step outside into a place that is simply itself. Chickadees cross above you, wind makes paths through crowns of oak and beech. The cottage—in the hold of scrub pine and sea wind—owes no small debt to writer and naturalist Henry Beston, whose magnificent book The Outermost House was one of the influences that inspired President John F. Kennedy to establish the National Seashore in 1961. Beston built his dune shack on the barrier beach at Eastham, back to the marsh, front porch opening on the Atlantic. The Outermost House chronicles the year he spent living on Cape Cod’s outer beach. His lyrical prose, naturalist’s eye, and faith in the restorative powers of the natural world for humankind mark him as a literary descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Rachel Carson credits Beston as the only author who ever influenced her work.

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New England Poetry Club Awards 2016: “Dispossessed” is selected as co-winner  of Daniel Varjouan Award; “Saint-Gauden’s  Weathervane” selected as winner of Barbara Bradley Award.

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New poem in POETRY: “Vert” & Review in Strange Turns: editors on Emerson’s “Vortex” and Staples “Vert”; Reading List, October 2015 (including reference to our Pastoral Literature class.)

The Rattling Window is named for a 2014 Eric Hoffer Award and selected as an Honorable Mention in the New England Poetry Club’s 2013 Shelia Margaret Motton Book Award.

Reviewed in Rattle Magazine by Margaret Holley and in Prime Number by Catherine Prescott.

Reviewed on “Love The Words,” a British Broadcast, on ELFM. Click on link to listen to the review by Julia Deakin.

Named a Walter F. Dakin Fellow for poet Claudia Emerson at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference 2013

Featured in Prairie Schooner online

The Rattling Window is #6 on Small Press Distribution’s Poetry Best-Sellers List, April 2013.

Two poems featured at The Common.

New poem in Commonweal.

Winner of Southern Poetry Review’s Guy Owen Prize, 2011, Red Rover

Never A Note Forfeit selected by Besty Sholl as co-winner of Seven
Kitchens Press’ 2010 Keystone Chapbook Prize

Winner of New England Poetry Club’s Boyle/Farber Award 2010

Finalist for New Letters Poetry Award 2010

New Work Online: Blackbird Valparaiso Poetry Review


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