WANTING IT Book Launch Party and Reading: Saturday June 28, 8:00pm
Join us for a celebration of poetry, summer, strawberries, and the creative life. Next Stage Arts presents author Diana Whitney reading from her first collection of poetry, WANTING IT, which has been endorsed by Major Jackson and Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea.
“Readers will scarcely miss the erotic element in Diana Whitney’s saucily entitled and brilliant book; but only witless ones will conflate the erotic here with the pornographic, for the author’s lust is so manifestly omni-inclusive. Whitney craves the natural world, in both its benign and malign aspects, for example, and renders it stunningly; but her hungry heart and eye invade her entire universe to such an extent that, if it did not exist, we should have to invent the adjective charged. These poems virtually leap at us from the page. What a debut!”
Vermont Poet Laureate
The launch party begins on the Tavern Lawn at 6 pm with wine, strawberries, hors d’oeuvres and conversation, followed by a Poetry Reading and Q & A at Next Stage Arts at 8 pm.
Diana Whitney is a writer and yoga instructor in Brattleboro, Vermont. She graduated from Dartmouth College and Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and attended the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. Diana’s essays and poems have appeared in many publications, including The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Numero Cinq, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, and Puerto del Sol. She has been a commentator on Vermont Public Radio and a writing resident at the Vermont Studio Center and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her irreverent, advice-free parenting column, Spilt Milk, was syndicated in several newspapers and garnered an avid regional readership. www.diana-whitney.com