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2024 Annual Gathering


July 10-14, 2024



“Thoreau’s Threshold: Temporal Imagination as Public Good” with Kristen Case, author of Keeping Time: Henry David Thoreau’s Kalendar, forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2025.

Kristen Case lives and teaches in Farmington Maine. She is the author of  American Poetry and Poetic Practice: Crosscurrents from Emerson to Susan Howe (Camden House, 2011). She is co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Henry David Thoreau (with James Finley), as well as William James and Literary Studies (forthcoming, Cambridge UP, with Kate Stanley), Thoreau in an Age of Crisis (Fink, 2021, with Henrik Otterberg and Rochelle Johnson), 21|19: Contemporary Poets in the 19th Century Archive (Milkweed Editions, 2019, with Alex Manglis), and Thoreau at 200: Essays and Reassessments (Cambridge UP, 2016, with Kevin Van Anglen). Her third poetry collection, Daphne, is forthcoming with Tupelo Press in 2025. She is the recipient of the Gatewood Prize for poetry, the Maine Literary Award in Poetry (2016 and 2020), a MacDowell Fellowship, and the UMF Trustee Professorship. Her book Keeping Time: Henry David Thoreau’s Kalendar is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2025. In 2022 she co-founded the Monson Seminar, a residential course for Pell-eligible and first-generation college students, with Aaron Wyanski.

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Vert: Poet Catherine Staples In Conversation With Richard Higgins June 20th
Thoreau’s Pencil: Annual Earth Day Forum, Concord Museum April 25th
Announcing Our Interim Executive Director.
Staffing Transition At The Society
Thoreau Society Presenters At SAAP Boston Conference March 29th

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2023 Thoreau Prize Honoree: Terry Tempest Williams

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