2022 Judge: Rebecca Kaiser Gibson
Rebecca Kaiser Gibson is the author of poetry collections Girl as Birch, (Bauhan Publishing, forthcoming 2022), OPINEL(Bauhan Publishing, 2015), and two chapbooks Admit the Peacock and Inside the Exhibition. Her poems have appeared in Agni, Antigonish, Field, Green Mountains Review, The Greensboro Review, The Harvard Review, Massachusetts Review, The Ocean State Review, Salamander, Slate, Taos Journal of Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, and VerseDaily among others, and in two anthologies, Cadence of Hooves and Thirty Days, The Best of the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project’s First Year.
Rebecca is the recipient of fellowships from MacDowell, The Heinrich Böll Cottage, Ireland, and a Fellowship in Poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach poetry in Hyderabad, India. She is founder and director of The Loom, Poetry in Harrisville, a poetry reading series. Rebecca taught creative writing, poetry, at Tufts University, for twenty-three years.
Gibson has written reviews for The Boston Review of Books, Pleiades and the Los Angeles Review. Her fiction has appeared in The Harvard Review and Northwest Review. Two of her creative nonfiction essays appeared in the Tufts Magazine, The Gods Next Door about India, and Fugitive Soul, an account of her friendship with poet and author Deborah Digges which received the bronze award from CASE, “Best Articles of the Year: Higher Education. An essay about her first encounter with Frost’s Directive appeared in The Necessary (thenecessary.net), a multimedia arts magazine.
Gibson earned a B.A. at Oberlin College, an M.A.T. in teaching theatre from Columbia Teachers College, an M.A. in directing from Pittsburgh University and an M.A. in creative writing, poetry, from Boston University.
Rebecca lives in Marlborough, NH with her husband Charlie.
Bauhan Publishing Announces
The 2021 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize Winner
Not a Soul But Us, by Richard Smith
The May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is named for May Sarton, the renowned novelist, memoirist, poet, and feminist (1912-1995) who lived for many years in Nelson, New Hampshire, not far from Peterborough, home of William L. Bauhan Publishing. In 1967, she approached Bauhan and asked him to publish her book of poetry, As Does New Hampshire. She wrote the collection to celebrate the bicentennial of Nelson, and dedicated it to the residents of the town.
May Sarton was a prolific writer of poetry, novels, and perhaps what she is best known for—nonfiction on growing older (Recovering: A Journal, Journal of Solitude, among others.) She considered herself a poet, first, though, and in honor of that and to celebrate the centenary of her birth in 2012, Sarah Bauhan, who inherited her father’s small publishing company, launched the prize.