Sue Ellen Thompson debuts new poem collection at ESWA meeting

February 12, 2015

February 2015

Salisbury- Award-winning local poet Sue Ellen Thompson will read from her new collection of poems at the March 14 Eastern Shore Writer’s Association meeting, set for 11 a.m. at Vinny’s in Salisbury.

Thompson’s poems have been read on National Public Radio by Garrison Keillor, have been featured in U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s nationally syndicated newspaper column, and have received numerous awards, including the 1986 Samuel French Morse Prize, the 2003 Pablo Neruda Prize, and two Individual Artist’s Grants from the State of Connecticut.

She is the author of five books, most recently They (Turning Point Books, 2014) and The Golden Hour (Autumn House, 2006), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She also is the editor of The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (2005), a selection from the work of 94 American poets that is now being used in college classrooms across the country.

Thompson has taught poetry at Middlebury College, Wesleyan University, Binghamton University, Central Connecticut State University and the University of Delaware. She has given readings throughout New England, as well as at the National Arts Club in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, and Galway University in Ireland. She was the 1998 poet-in-residence at The Frost Place in Franconia, NH, and participated for 13 summers in the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont.

Vinny’s is located at 934 S. Salisbury Rd. (Business Route 13 South) near Salisbury University. The charge for lunch is $14.

The event is open to the public. Please RSVP at or call 410-476-3917.

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