Free Event!

Elise Paschen & Fan Ogilvie
Thursday, July 5 at 7 pm

Elise Paschen is the author of, most recently, The Nightlife (Red Hen Press, 2017), Bestiary, Infidelities (winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize), and Houses: Coasts. As an undergraduate at Harvard, she received the Garrison Medal for poetry. She holds M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees from Oxford University. Her poems have been published in The New Yorker and Poetry Magazine, among other magazines, and in numerous anthologies. She is the editor of The New York Times best-selling anthology, Poetry Speaks to Children, and co-editor of Poetry Speaks and Poetry in Motion, among other anthologies. Former Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, she is a co-founder of Poetry in Motion, a nationwide program which places poetry posters in subway cars and buses. Paschen teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute and lives in Chicago with her husband and their two children.



The Poetry of Fan Ogilvie: 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. Fan has published two books: "You: Selected poems and Knot: a Life, a memoir" and "Easiness Found".

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.






Summer Solstice Celebration
Wednesday, June 20 at 6 pm


Featured Poets:

Justin Ahren

Ellie Bates

Rachael Convery

Steve Ewing

Jill Jupen

Mark Alan Lovewell

Lee McCormack

Arnie Reisman

Valerie Sonnenthal

Spencer Thurlow

Jennifer Smith Turner

Carole Vandal


Hosted by Margaret Emerson
Outdoor Stage
Bring your own lawn chair and refreshments.
Free event. Donations welcome.