Nationally Acclaimed Poet Caroline Knox to Read at Baker Books

Author photo credit: John Landry

Whaling City Review LIVE poetry series and Baker Books are very pleased to welcome Caroline Knox to the Bean and Leaf Café (at Baker Books) for a poetry reading. Knox will be reading from her seventh collection, Nine Worthies, which appeared in 2010 from Wave Books. The reading will take place on the evening of Saturday, January 22nd , at 7:00 PM.

Caroline Knox’s earlier collection of poetry, Quaker Guns (Wave 2008), received a Recommended Reading Award 2009 from the Massachusetts Center for the Book. He Paves the Road with Iron Bars (Verse 2004) won the Maurice English Award 2005 for a book by a poet over 50. A Beaker: New and Selected Poems appeared from Verse in 2002. Her previous books are The House Party and To Newfoundland (Georgia 1984, 1989) and Sleepers Wake (Timken 1994).

She describes her newest book as follows: “Nine Worthies, a work of prose and poetry operating as a sort of historical novella, deals with the life and times of Nathaniel Smibert (1734-1756), portrait painter and son of America’s first portraitist, John Smibert (1688-1751).”

Caroline Knox’s work has appeared in American Scholar, A Public Space, Boston Review, Fulcrum, Harvard, Massachusetts Review, New Republic, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry ( whose Bess Hokin Prize she has won), Providence Sunday Journal, Times Literary Supplement, TriQuarterly, and Yale Review. Her poems have been in Best American Poetry 1988 and 1994, and on Poetry Daily.

She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center (Lannan Senior Fellowship), the Massachusetts Cultural Council (1996, 2006), The Fund for Poetry, and the Yale/Mellon Visiting Faculty Program. She was the judge for the Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award of the Poetry Society of America in Spring 2003, and was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard in 2002-2003. In 2007, she was a juror for the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets; in 2008, a Poetry Reviewer for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowships Program.

Baker Books is an independent bookstore located at 69 State Rd. in North Dartmouth. For more information, visit or call (508) 997-6700. Baker Books is wheelchair accessible.

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