Live Stream | Poetrio: Laura Budofsky Wisniewski, Sandra Lim, Brandon Rushton

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Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets and coordinated by Mildred Barya. This month, we welcome Laura Budofsky Wisniewski, Sandra Lim, and Brandon Rushton. 

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Besides Sanctuary, Vermont (Orison Books) and recently awarded the New England Poetry Club’s Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize, Laura Budofsky Wisniewski is the author of the chapbook, How to Prepare Bear (Redbird Chapbooks). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Narrative, The Missouri Review, Image, Hunger Mountain Review, American Journal of Poetry, Pilgrimage, The Examined Life and others. She is runner up in the 2021 Missouri Review Miller Audio Prize and winner of the 2020 Orison Poetry Prize, Ruminate Magazine’s 2020 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, the 2019 Poetry International Prize, and the 2014 Passager Poetry Prize. Laura lives quietly in a small town in Vermont. For more, visit

This is a book of history, a book of voices and compassion. Each poem gives us an individual life through which historical events flow like a river. In Sanctuary, Vermont we see our neighbors—imagined, yes—but imagined so well we join each voice as it comes to us across a span of time, from the 19th century to our own present. These neighbors reveal their struggles with class and loneliness, racism and the damage of war, but also show us kindness, beauty, and resilience in a time of pandemic. Each poem is beautifully vivid and clear, but taken together they swell like a chorus—maybe one of those spontaneous crowd events that gets us all singing the Hallelujah Chorus with a host of strangers, until suddenly no one is a stranger and our hearts are open wide to each other. This is an enormous gift for which we should thank the poet and her poems. Laura Budofsky Wisniewski joins the lineage of Edgar Lee Masters, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Louise Glück in inhabiting and valorizing the extraordinary inner lives of everyday people. Sanctuary's townspeople endure hardships and loneliness, suffer injustice and racism, but still find moments of solace, beauty, and communion.



Sandra Lim’s latest poetry book is The Curious Thing (W.W. Norton, 2021). Her previous books are The Wilderness (W.W. Norton, 2014), winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize selected by Louise Glück, and Loveliest Grotesque (Kore Press, 2006). Her writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, Poetry, The New Republic, The Baffler, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. Her poems and essays are anthologized in Counterclaims (Dalkey Archive Press, 2020), The Poem’s Country (Pleiades Press, 2018), The Echoing Green (The Modern Library, 2016), and Among Margins (Ricochet Editions, 2016). Sandra’s honors include a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2020 Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2015 Levis Reading Prize for The Wilderness, as well as residency fellowships from MacDowell, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Foundation. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and also serves on the poetry faculty in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. For more, visit

In this gorgeous third collection, Sandra Lim investigates desire, sexuality, and dream with sinewy intelligence and a startling freshness. Truthful, sensuous, and intellectually relentless, the poems in The Curious Thing are compelling meditations on love, art making, solitude, female fate, and both the mundane and serious principles of life. Sandra Lim’s poetry displays stinging wit and a tough-minded approach to her own experiences: She speaks with Jean Rhys about beauty, encounters the dark loneliness that can exist inside a relationship, and discovers a coiled anger on a hot summer day. An extended poem sequence slyly revolves the meanings of finding oneself astray in midlife. A steely strength courses through the volume’s myriad discoveries—Lim’s lucidity and tenderness form a striking complement to her remarkable metaphors and the emotional clamor of her material. Animated by a sense of reckoning and a piercing inwardness, these anti-sentimental poems nevertheless celebrate the passionate and empathetic subjective life.



Brandon Rushton is the author of The Air in the Air Behind It (Tupelo Press, 2022), selected by Bin Ramke for the 2020 Berkshire Prize. His individual poems have received awards from Gulf Coast and Ninth Letter and appear widely in publications like The Southern Review, Denver Quarterly, Pleiades, Bennington Review, and Passages North. His essays appear in Alaska Quarterly Review,, the critical anthology, A Field Guide to the Poetry of Theodore Roethke (Ohio University Press, 2020), and have been listed as notable by Best American Essays. He's a Visiting Professor of Writing at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more, visit

With an eye roving like a documentary camera, Brandon Rushton delivers a post-wonder diorama of the contemporary non-urban United States in which the vaunted American lawn is artificial; the food is full of chemicals; and ‘what haven’t we / homogenized.’ The freedoms of childhood and adolescence are figured here as a kind of lost, damaged paradise before everyone erases themselves into their adult roles: the contractor, the customer, the detective, the pilot, the bank teller, the embezzler, the broker, the milkshake maker. Rushton’s often interweaving lines serve as a formal objective correlative for our interwoven state in this world, which is composed of both the given and the made; the question of why on earth we have chosen what we have made is quietly fuming in every poem. ‘Honestly, the people / had hoped for more space / to feel spectacular.’ The news about that spectacular feeling isn’t good, but knowing Rushton is out there watching, giving a damn, and writing his beautiful poems is reason for hope.



Mildred Kiconco Barya is a writer and poet. She has written short-stories and essays for various publications, features and travel articles for newspapers. Her first collection of poetry titled: Men Love Chocolates But They Don't Say won the National Award for poetry publication 2002. She is also the author of the poetry collections The Price of Memory and Give Me Room to Move My Feet. Barya is Assistant professor of Creative Writing and World Literature at University of North Carolina-Asheville. Learn more at

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Sanctuary, Vermont By Laura Budofsky Wisniewski Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949039337
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Published: Orison Books - April 5th, 2022

The Curious Thing: Poems By Sandra Lim Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393867893
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 14th, 2021

The Air in the Air Behind It By Brandon Rushton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946482754
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Published: Tupelo Press - September 1st, 2022

The Price of Memory: After the Tsunami By Mildred Kiconco Barya Cover Image
ISBN: 9781856571029
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Published: Mallory International - March 1st, 2006

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