Chard deNiord is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Interstate (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019) and The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011) and two books of interviews with eminent American poets.  DeNiord is the eighth poet laureate of Vermont, a trustee of the Ruth Stone Trust, and a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Providence College. He lives in Westminster West, VT, with his wife, Liz.

In addition to reading a few poems about his experience interviewing fifteen of America’s most eminent contemporary poets, deNiord will read entertaining, as well as poignant, sections from those interviews that focus on such subjects as the state of American poetry today, personal and poetic influences, the efficacy of poetry’s witness as transcendent news, the specific “hurts” that “inspired” his subjects to write poetry in the first place, the role poetry plays as the news that stays news, and the provenance and writing process of such seminal poems as Trethewey’s “Enlightenment,” Kinnell’s “When the Towers Fell,” Stone’s “Pokeberries,” Hirchfield’s “Come Thief,” and Forche’s “The Colonel.”