The Walden Woods Project – Thoreau and The Miracle of Poetry!

Concord Museum Forum Former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power Including Q&A with four Concord Students
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
The Thoreau Society & Thoreau Farm Trust Auction Starts March 1, 2021
Monday, February 1, 2021

The Walden Woods Project – Thoreau and The Miracle of Poetry!

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Featured poets:

Catherine Staples: Catherine Staples is the author of The Rattling Window (Ashland Poetry Press, 2013), nominated by Eamon Grennan, winner of the McGovern Prize, and Never a Note Forfeit, (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011), winner of the Keystone Chapbook Prize, selected by Betsy Sholl. Her poetry has appeared in Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, Yale Review, and the Academy of American Poets. Honors include a Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writer’s Conference and Southern Poetry Review’s Guy Owen Prize. She teaches in the Honors and English programs at Villanova University. See her work at

Ernesto Estrella: Ernesto Estrella is a New York-based poet and educator. He is the author of Boca de Prosas and Achronos, and is currently finishing his first poetry collection in English, The American Heart. Ernesto has translated the works of Henry David Thoreau and John Muir into Spanish and has written a number of books and articles on Poetic Theory and Performance Studies. He is a former Yale University professor of Contemporary Poetry and has been showcased in seminars at leading institutions such as the Great Books Foundation, New York Historical Society, Bowery Poetry Club, The Walden Woods Project, and the Thoreau Society. During 2021, he launched The Voice of Recovery podcast which uses poetry and storytelling as tool for wellness and mental health.

David Leff: David Leff is an award-winning poet and essayist, poet laureate of Canton, Connecticut, and the author of six nonfiction books, three volumes of poetry, and two novels in verse. He is a former deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. By appointment of the National Park Service, David served as poet-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail (NET) during 2016-17. He is deputy town historian and town meeting moderator in his hometown, and also served 26 years as a volunteer firefighter. David recently coedited New England Nature, an anthology of early nature and environmental writing, and is in the process of editing A Gathering of Poets on Henry David Thoreau: Verse Inspired by His Life and Work, scheduled for publication early in 2022. View his work at

Quintin Collins: Quintin Collins (he/him) is a writer, editor, and Solstice MFA Program assistant director. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sidereal Magazine, Superstition Review, Glass Poetry, and elsewhere. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Quintin’s other accolades include Best of the Net nominations as well as semifinalist and finalist positions for writing prizes. His first full-length collection of poems, The Dandelion Speaks of Survival, is forthcoming from Cherry Castle Publishing in 2021. Recently, he won the Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize. The winning manuscript—Claim Tickets for Stolen People—was chosen by judge Marcus Jackson and will be published with The Ohio State University Press. See more of his work on