Stoneleigh-Burnham School welcomes Middlebury College poet Karin Gottshall as its guest poet to the Stoneleigh-Burnham Poetry Festival on Thursday, April 10. The event is free and open to the public.

Gottshall is a poetry writing instructor at Middlebury College. She received a BA with an emphasis in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. Her new book, The River Won’t Hold You, won the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize, and will be published in late 2014. Her first book, Crocus, won the Poets Out Loud Prize. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Flood Letters, Almanac for the Sleepless, and Swan. Recent poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, FIELD, The Gettysburg Review, West Branch, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. She has also taught at Interlochen Arts Academy and the New England Young Writers’ Conference. Gottshall grew up in Michigan. She is a poet, fiction writer, and creative writing instructor. She lives in Middlebury, Vermont.

April is National Poetry Month, which is a celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. The Stoneleigh-Burnham Poetry Festival celebrates student poetry and includes a student poetry contest.

The Stoneleigh-Burnham Poetry Festival will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. 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. Gottshall, the guest poet, will then read some of her poetry, discuss her experience as a poet and take questions.