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The Third Summer Poetry Salon of 2013

Date: 4:30pm - 6:00pm EDT July 23, 2013

This Literary House Summer Poetry Salon features poets Sarah Arvio and Elana Bell, as well as a classical violin and viola duet performance.

July 23, 2013

For our third and final poetry salon, musicians Nevin Dawson and Merideth Buxton will open the show with a 20-minute set. Following the music, poets Sarah Arvio and Elana Bell will each read separately for their own 20-minute sets. 

Good conversation, literature, music, and wine!


Sarah Arvio

Sarah Arvio’s night thoughts: 70 dream poems & notes from an analysis (Knopf 2013) is a book of poetry, a memoir, and an essay.   Her earlier books are Visits from the Seventh and Sono: Cantos. She has been awarded the Rome Prize of the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and Guggenheim and Bogliasco Fellowships, among other honors.  For two decades a translator for the United Nations in New York and Switzerland, she has also taught poetry at Princeton.  A lifelong New Yorker, she now lives in Maryland, near the Chesapeake Bay.

About night thoughts, the critic Grace Cavalieri has written:  “Who does not love the nighttime mind with its full disclosure, lack of censor—metaphor, innuendo, enchantment, intensity? Sarah Arvio breaks the codes through psychoanalysis and coverts her thoughts to poems… This book is influential because it is one of a kind… one so unique with such an alternate view of poetry is almost a game changer in the field… Never have symbols had so many faces, but what I like is there are no overt moral questions which would stain the search… These are works of strong feelings… From the uncomfortable silence of the psyche’s tundra, Arvio wrings out her truth.”


Elana Bell

Elana Bell’s first collection of poetry, Eyes, Stones (LSU Press 2012) was selected by Fanny Howe as the winner of the 2011 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. Elana is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, the AROHO Foundation, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Drisha Institute. Her work has recently appeared in AGNIHarvard Review, Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. Elana has led creative writing workshops for women in prison, for educators, for high school students in Israel, Palestine and throughout the five boroughs of New York City, as well as for the pioneering peace building and leadership organization, Seeds of Peace. She is currently the writer-in-residence for the Bronx Academy of Letters and poetry editor for the Jewish Journal. Elana resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, writer Jai Chakrabarti.


Classical Violin and Viola Duet with Nevin Dawson & Merideth Buxton

Merideth and Nevin are active performers on the Eastern Shore. They often join forces as a duo or with larger ensembles, but are both accomplished musicians in their own right.

Nevin Dawson (violin, viola) studied music at Penn State University and has played with many various symphonies and chamber ensembles, including Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. He premiered several works in the Musica Nova concert series at Penn State, and played with the Penn State Chamber Orchestra for its European tour. He currently teaches violin and viola at Music Life in Chestertown. He has also played with a variety of rock and folk bands for more than 15 years, and currently plays with The Pam Ortiz Band, Harp & Soul, and Ricky Walls and the North County Pickers. He is recorded on seven albums.

Merideth Buxton (viola) earned her Bachelors of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, and her Masters of Music at Ithaca College. She has performed and taught on the Eastern Shore since 1982 and has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in area orchestras. Along with her husband, Don, Merideth was honored by the Talbot County Arts Council with their Outstanding Arts Achievement Award in 2013, for “significant contributions to the artistic, cultural and educational enrichment of the Mid-Shore Area”. These include the expansion of the Chesapeake Chamber Music First Strings program and her teaching at Washington College and in Royal Oak.

This event and all of the Summer Poetry Salons will be free and open to the public.