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Poets of Raider Nation

Poets of Raider Nation

Congratulations to Brian Simoneau '95, whose second book of poems, No Small Comfort, will be published in 2021 by Black Lawrence Press, and to Matthew Minicucci '99, who is currently the writer-in-residence at the James Merrill House in Stonington, CT.  Both have received numerous recognitions and awards for their writing and poetry.

"So much of my work—both the writing and the teaching—is rooted in the love of reading and sense of curiosity I learned from my teachers at Central: Miss Moynihan, Mr. Hayes, Mr. LaCroix, Coach O'Sullivan, Mr. McCue, Brother Jim, and so many others." Brian Simoneau '95

Brian Simoneau’s first poetry collection, River Bound, was recognized with the De Novo Prize.

Matthew’s Minicucci’s most recent collection, Small Gods, won the 2019 Oregon Book Award.

Click here to read one of Matt's pieces, "An Old Man, Full of Days," which was published in the Virginia Quarterly Review and appeared in Small Gods. It takes its title and content from the end of the Book of Job. 

More details on each poet are included below.

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Poetry at CCHS: Visions

Visions is a literary and arts magazine for the CCHS community that brings artistic thought and possibilities to life for the larger school community. The annual release of the magazine includes poems, essays, short stories, photography, paintings, drawings and sculptures that are submitted by students and faculty members. The editorial staff meets to edit submissions, coordinate the layout of each issue, and to recruit and discover creativity in our school.

Student singing

A student performs at the Christmas 2019 Coffeehouse.

Visions sponsors a quarterly coffeehouse open-mic night that allows students and faculty to read and perform their work for their peers. Musicians, writers, supportive fans and coffee lovers are encouraged to attend.  


About Brian Simoneau '95

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Follow Brian on Twitter: @brian_simoneau

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Brian Simoneau is the author of the poetry collection River Bound (C&R Press, 2014), which was chosen by poet Arthur Smith for the 2013 De Novo Prize. Brian’s poems have appeared in Barn Owl Review, Boston Review, Boulevard, Cave Wall, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Crab Creek Review, Crab Orchard Review, Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, Four Way Review, The Georgia Review, Mid-American Review, The Normal School, North American Review, Poet Lore, Red Rock Review, RHINO, Salamander, Southern Humanities Review, Southern Indiana Review, Sugar House Review, Third Coast, and other journals. Originally from Lowell, Massachusetts, he received a BA from Amherst College, an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon, and an MA in English & American Literature from Boston University. He lives near Boston with his family. His poetry collection No Small Comfort will be published in 2021 by Black Lawrence Press.


About Matthew Minicucci '99

From the James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence Program website

Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattMinicucci

Head shot of Matt

Matthew Minicucci’s most recent collection, Small Gods (New Issues), won the 2019 Stafford/Hall Oregon Book Award in Poetry. His first book, Translation (Kent State University Press), was chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize. His poetry and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from numerous journals including The Believer, POETRY, The Southern Review, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the C. Hamilton Bailey Oregon Literary Fellowship, the Stanley P. Young Fellowship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and a Writer-in-Residence fellowship from the James Merrill House. This past summer he served as the 43rd Dartmouth Poet-in-Residence.


Congratulations, Brian and Matt, on your achievements in the field of poetry!

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