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Three noted poets reading at Concord Free Public Library

April 21, 2024

By Betsy Levinson —

The final event of the season of the popular Poetry Program at the Concord Free Public Library features three nationally known poets. 

Charles Coe.

Charles Coe will read from his newest collection, Purgatory Road, described as a “contemporary urban Spoon River Anthology. Coe is the author of three other collections and his work has appeared in numerous publications and literary journals.

Coe received a fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and was also hailed by the city of Boston as an artist-in-residence in 2017.

He teaches in the MFA program at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, and at Bay Path University in Longmeadow. 

John Hogden.

John Hodgen, writer-in-residence at Assumption University in Worcester, reads from his sixth poetry collection, What We May Be.

The volume has been described as “a cry of love and pain on behalf of the human race, its history, its future and lovely possibilities.” 

The third poet, Henry Walters, will read from his second collection, The Nature Thief. In praising it, the poet Sherod Santos said it evoked William Faulkner’s words: “The past is never dead. It is not even past.”

Henry Walters.

Walters’ first collection was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He is the founder of Monadnock Falconry and lives with his young family in Hancock, New Hampshire with a hive of bees and two hawks.

Register online for a seat in the Goodwin Forum. Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A and book signing with light refreshments. 

The Friends of the Library sponsors the program. For more information about the Friends, email