Mollie Kervick to Read Poetry


 VERNON—Poetry Rocks!, a new quarterly poetry series in Vernon, will finish its inaugural year with a reading by award-winning poet, Kate Rushin. The event, hosted by Arts Center East, will take place Sunday, Dec. 3, 2:00 p.m., at 709 Hartford Turnpike. The event is open to the public, and also features UCONN’s Mollie Kervick and Rockville High School’s Tanner Bosse.

Kate Rushin, (BA, Oberlin College; MFA, Brown University) writer, editor and Pushcart Prize-nominated author of The Black Back-Ups, has received fellowships from The Artists Foundation, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Cave Canem, and a tuition scholarship from The Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She has taught at UMASS-Boston, M.I.T., Brown University, Wesleyan University and has led poetry workshops for The Mark Twain House and Poetry Out Loud. Her work is widely anthologized and has been published in Sunken Garden Poetry, “Callaloo” and “The Cape Cod Poetry Review.” Kate performs her poetry with Nat Reeves State of Emergency. She serves on the Poetry Committee of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the James Merrill House Committee and The CT Poetry Circuit

 Mollie Kervick is a second-year PhD student in English at the University of Connecticut. She is currently researching motherhood and mothering in recent Irish women’s writing. A Connecticut native, Mollie did her undergrad at Bates College in Maine and completed her Masters at Boston College. Her creative writing has been featured in Knee-Jerk magazine, the Paradise Review, Torrid Literary Journal, and on

The poets are co-sponsored by The Vernon Arts Commission. For more information about the poetry series, please call its director, Pegi Deitz Shea, at 860-878-7016, or email

Arts Center East is a non-profit organization committed to enriching lives and enhancing economic development by bringing the arts to the diverse community east of the river through education, events, exhibits and performances. It is located at 709 Hartford Turnpike. (Rte. 30), Vernon CT (860) 971-8222