Dawn Potter

199 Wellington Road, Harmony, ME 04942-7434

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About the Artist

Dawn is the associate director of the Frost Place Conference for Poetry and Teaching. Her poetry workshops help students and teachers recognize that reading and discussing a variety of poems can inspire their own poetry and increase their understanding of revision and analysis. She works with K-12 students as well as adult writers and has been a guest artist at Falmouth High School, Cape Elizabeth High School, Madison Middle School, and Roger Williams University, among many other schools. In addition, she has taught for Haystack, the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and the Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College. She is a member of the Beloit Poetry Journal's editorial board and has served as a judge for Maine's 2007, 2009, and 2010 Poetry Out Loud competitions.

Dawn is the author of two collections of poetry, Boy Land and Other Poems (Deerbrook Editions, 2004) and How the Crimes Happened (CavanKerry Press, 2010). Her memoir Tracing Paradise: Two Years in Harmony with John Milton (University of Massachusetts Press, 2009) won the 2010 Maine Literary Award for Nonfiction. New poems and essays appear in the Sewanee Review, the Threepenny Review, Prairie Schooner, and many other journals. A Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, Dawn has won grants and fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Writers' Center, and the Maine Arts Commission. She lives in Harmony with photographer Thomas Birtwistle and their two sons.

Category: Artist

Preferred Audiences: College, Adult

Disciplines: Creative nonfiction, Poetry

Contact Information

Dawn Potter

199 Wellington Road
Harmony  ME  04942-7434 


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