Mad River Literary Festival

March 26, 2018
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April 10th & 11th
Founders Hall Auditorium
Free and open to the public
6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 10th
6:30 p.m. Mad River Writers: NCCC students
and community members with faculty
poets Kateri Kosek, Jim Kelleher, and
Jacqueline Welsh read.

Wednesday, April 11th
6:30 p.m. Poets Daniel Donaghy and
Margot Schilpp read.


Daniel Donaghy is the author of the poetry collections Somerset (NYQ Books, 2018), Start with the Trouble (University of Arkansas Press, 2009), and Streetfighting (BkMk Press, 2005). Raised in Philadelphia, he is now Professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he has received the Board of Regents Teaching Award and the CSU Norton Mezvinsky Trustees Research Award. He is currently the Poet Laureate of Windham County.

Margot Schilpp’s fourth book of poems, Afterswarm, is forthcoming in early 2019. She is also the author of Civil Twilight (2012), Laws of My Nature (2005), and The World’s Last Night (2001), all from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her poems have appeared widely in literary magazines. She earned her M.F.A. at the University of Utah. Schilpp teaches at SouthernConnecticut State University and at Quinnipiac University and lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her husband, the poet Jeff Mock, and their two daughters.

In addition to teaching English at NCCC, Kateri Kosek mentors in the MFA program at Western Connecticut State University, where she received an MFA in creative writing. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Orion, Creative Nonfiction, Catamaran, Terrain, Northern Woodlands magazine, and locally, she has written for the Berkshire Edge, Winsted Journal, and Poughkeepsie Journal. Kateri has been a resident writer at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska, and lives in the Berkshires. She is working on a book of essays about birds.

Jim Kelleher has published three books of poetry: Quarry (2008), Mick (2011), and Selected Poems (2017). Individual poems have appeared in Yankee, Christian Science Monitor, The Country and Abroad, et al. Jim teaches Tech Ed at Torrington Middle School and Literature and Composition at NCCC.

Jacqueline Welsh was a poet first, next a teacher, then a mother. Today, the three roles are deeply intertwined. They each require deep attention and all demand that she show up, fully. Jackie teaches at The University of Hartford and Northwestern Connecticut Community College and lives exactly in between the two.

Reception follows. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching, the English Department, the Student Senate, the Cultural Planning Committee, and funded by NCCF and the Peggy Andl Fund.