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Summer Festival of Poetry

July 12 
Martha Collins

July 19
Annie Finch

August 2
Fan Ogilvie & Arnie Reisman

The Poetry of Fan Ogilvie: 
West Tisbury Poet Laureate 2009-2012

Fan Ogilvie is a poet, teacher of poetry, and organizer of poetry workshops and events in Washington, DC, New Haven, CT, New York City, and Martha’s Vineyard. In 1984 she received a Chester Jones Foundation commendation award. She is included in two chapbooks, “The Other Side of the Hill” and “In a Certain Place.” Her poems are published in The Poet and The Poem Anthology, Poet Lore, Three Sisters, Z’Arts, Fulcrum, An Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics, The Martha’s Vineyard Journal of Writing, online on Fieralingue, the Poet’s Corner, and others.

Her public readings include the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Corcoran Museum of Art, Georgetown University, the Stirling Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others.

She established the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Poetry Board and served as its chairman from 1986-1995. In addition, she helped to organize the Martha’s Vineyard Writers Program. She taught poetry at the Featherstone Center for the Arts on Martha’s Vineyard from 1996-2007.

She graduated from Smith College earned an MA from George Washington University. She now lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, Donald. They have two children, Jennifer and Adam.

Arnie Reisman lives on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his wife, former television consumer reporter and executive coach, Paula Lyons. He began his career in journalism, serving as a film and theater critic as well as executive editor of Boston After Dark, a newsweekly. 

In October 2014 he was named Martha’s Vineyard Poet Laureate. He is a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Poetry Society and the Cleaveland House Poets. His first book of poems, Clara Bow Died For Our Sins, was published by Summerset Press (July, 2015), as was his second book, Sodom and Costello (July, 2016). 

He is also a columnist for the weekly Vineyard Gazette, a playwright, a filmmaker and a radio performer. His dark stage comedy, Not Constantinople, had its world premiere at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse in June, 2015, directed by MJ Bruder-Munafo. Since the radio program’s debut in 1996, along with his wife, he has been a regular panelist on the weekly NPR comedy quiz show, Says You! 

Among his film credits are Hollywood On Trial (the Blacklist era), which received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary, The Other Side of the Moon (Apollo astronaut program), which he co-produced for PBS with Mickey Lemle, and The Powder & the Glory (the Helena Rubinstein-Elizabeth Arden business rivalry), which he co-produced for PBS with Ann Carol Grossman. A theatrical musical, War Paint, based on this film and featuring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, premiered for an 8-week run at the Goodman Theater in Chicago in June, 2016. 

August 16
Jennifer Tseng

Jennifer Tseng is the author of two award-winning poetry books. Her debut novel, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness (Europa Editions 2015) was a finalist for the New England Book Award, shortlisted for the PEN Robert Bingham Award for Debut Fiction, and has been featured in the Boston Globe, LA Times, Huffington Post, Elle, Financial Times, and elsewhere. After working at the West Tisbury Library for many years, Tseng currently teaches for the Fine Arts Work Center’s online writing program, 24PearlStreet, from her home in Brookline.