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Poetry Friday: Chase Twichell’s “After Snow”

Any poem with ‘snow’ in the title hits the spot today.

(From bottom left, Chase Twichell and Amy Hempel)


We’re grateful to share Chase Twichell’s “After Snow.”

May its images of wintry chill offer respite from our oppressively hot, humid, thundery days.


After Snow

By Chase Twichell


I’m the first car after the sander.

The cinnamon swirls of fresh sand are intact.


Except for that — the sand and the road —


The woods look as if they might have

a thousand years ago, except for


the absence of tracks.


© 2018 by Chase Twichell, "After Snow," from Things as It Is, (Copper Canyon Press, 2018).


Join us 8 p.m. Monday, July 10, for a reading and discussion with poet Chase Twichell and

short story writer and journalist Amy Hempel, a New York State Summer Writers Institute event at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.


Readings and talks are free and open to the public.

The Caffe Lena event require tickets.

Except where noted, the readings begin at 8 p.m. at

Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

Skidmore College

815 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs

Phone: 518-580-5593


Week 3

Monday, July 10:

Fictionist Amy Hempel (Sing to It: New Stories) and poet Chase Twichell (Things as It Is)

Tuesday, July 11:

Novelist Binnie Kirshenbaum (Rabbits for Food) and poet Peg Boyers (To Forget Venice; Hard Bread; Honey With Tobacco)

Wednesday, July 12, 7 p.m.:

A Film Night: Screening of “Tár” (with Kate Blanchett) followed by discussion with Susan Kress, Edward J. Delaney and Peg Boyers (Robert Boyers, moderator)

Thursday, July 13:

American linguist and New York Times columnist John McWhorter (Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America) and author Thomas Chatterton Williams (contributing writer The Atlantic; Self-Portrait in Black and White) followed by audience Q & A.

Friday, July 14:

Novelist Rick Moody (The Ice Storm; Hotels of North America) and novelist Adam Braver (November 22, 1963; Rejoice the Head of Paul McCartney ) at Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs.


Week 4

Monday, July 17:

Fictionist Francine Prose (The Vixen) and novelist-memoirist Danzy Senna (Caucasia; Where Did You Sleep Last Night)

Tuesday, July 18:

Novelist Joyce Carol Oates (Zombie; Blonde; The (Other) You: Stories) and poet April Bernard (The World Behind the World: Poems)

Wednesday, July 19:

Remembering Russell Banks (Foregone; Affliction; The Lost Memory of Skin)

Joyce Carol Oates, Nicholas Delbanco (It is Enough; What Remains), Tom Healy (What the Right Hand Knows; Velvet; Animal Spirits), Adam Braver and Robert Boyers, Payne Room, Tang Museum, Skidmore College

Thursday, July 20:

Novelist-Memoirist Jamaica Kincaid (Among Flowers; Autobiography Of My Mother; Lucy) and poet Henri Cole (Blizzard: Poems, Nothing To Declare)

Friday, July 21:

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and NYS Writers Institute founder William Kennedy (Very Old Bones; Legs; Ironweed) and Friends

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