Diana Whitney tileStoneleigh-Burnham School is pleased to welcome southern Vermont poet Diana Whitney to the Poetry Festival on April 7.

The annual SBS Poetry Festival celebrates student poetry and includes a student poetry contest. The festival will begin at 7 p.m. in the Capen Room, 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. Whitney will then read some of her poetry, discuss her experience as a poet and take questions.

Whitney’s first book, Wanting It, became an indie bestseller and won the Rubery International Book Award in poetry. She is the poetry critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and blogs about the darker side of motherhood for The Huffington Post. Her poems and essays have appeared in The Boston Globe, Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, Salon, The Washington Post, and many other publications.

She has a master’s in English Literature from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and attended the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. A yoga teacher by trade, Whitney is currently finishing Spilt Milk, a memoir-in-essays about desire and domesticity, motherhood and creativity. Read more on her website.

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