Stoneleigh-Burnham School is pleased to welcome North Adams poet Hannah Fries to the annual SBS Poetry Festival on Thursday, April 9 in the Capen Room. The Poetry Festival celebrates student poetry and includes a student poetry contest. The festival will begin at approximately 7 p.m., immediately following Formal Dinner. The event is free and open to the public.

English Department Chair Jacob Steward will open the festival with words of welcome. Then, students who won the poetry contest will read their winning poems. Fries will then read some of her poetry, discuss her experience as a poet and take questions.

Fries is a poet and editor. She grew up in New Hampshire, went to Dartmouth College, and later got an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College. From 2005-2014 she worked as an editor at Orion magazine. Her poetry and prose have appeared in American Poetry Review, Massachusetts Review, Drunken Boat, Water~Stone Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and she is the recipient of a Colorado Art Ranch residency. She serves on the board of The Frost Place in Franconia, NH, and currently works as a project editor at Storey Publishing in western Massachusetts. She is also assistant poetry editor for Click here to read more about Fries, including some of her poetry.

April is National Poetry Month, which is a celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.