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Skolfield Helps Organize “Highbrow at the Drive-in” on July 7 for a Night of Movies and Poetry Under the Stars

Karen Skolfield

Karen Skolfield

Karen Skolfield, a lecturer and writer-in-residence at the College of Engineering, helped organize the upcoming live poetry readings at the Northfield Drive-in in Hinsdale, N.H., on July 7. “Highbrow at the Drive-In” is an evening of poetry, outdoor movie watching, and fun with members of the local community. The event will take place at the drive-in on 981 Northfield Road, Hinsdale, New Hampshire. Live poetry readings will precede the showing of two movies, Badlands and The Dinner Game. Read Daily Hampshire Gazette article.

General admission tickets cost $13 in advance and $15 at the gate (if available). Alternatively, you can go total “highbrow” by purchasing the “Poetry & Prosecco Package,” through which you will be “squired to the theater in a limousine, in the company of poets, and served a glass of Prosecco wine.” The Poetry & Prosecco Package costs $50, in advance only. Regardless of your ticket choice, attendees can meet at Amherst Regional Middle School (170 Chestnut Street) parking lot at 6:30 p.m. for a 6:45 p.m. departure. The entertainment, starting with the poetry readings, at the drive-in will begin at approximately 7:45 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.

The Gazette noted that “It’s all part of an event sponsored by Amherst Live, a live magazine show that invites members of the local community to share stories. The community story-telling events are designed to bring members of the community together. Skolfield, Amherst Live’s poetry director, said the events are meant to connect people in the town with each other as well as to the town itself.” 

Skolfield told the Gazette that “This is a huge poet community that we have.”

Skolfield is a lecturer in the College of Engineering who teaches the required Engin 351 “Writing in Engineering” course and is also a writer-in-residence in the new Experiential Learning Center in Marston 114. Her responsibilities there include reviewing and helping with cover letters, graduate school personal essays, scholarship essays, technical reports, and other student writing.

In 2014 Skolfield also won a PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence for her book of poetry, Frost in the Low Areas. That award honors literary excellence in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by New England authors. As the PEN New England website noted about Skolfield: “Frost in the Low Areas (2013) won the First Book Award for Poetry from Zone 3 Press. She is a 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council fellow and winner of the 2014 Split This Rock poetry prize and the 2012 Oboh Prize from Boxcar Poetry Review.Read the blurb in the Boston Globe.

The PEN bio added that “Skolfield is the poetry editor for Amherst Live, a twice-yearly production of poetry, politics, and more, and she’s a contributing editor at the literary magazines Tupelo Quarterly and Stirring. (July 2016)