Mark Hart, Buddhist religious adviser at Amherst College, will read from his recently published collection of poetry, "Boy Singing to Cattle." His book won the Pearl Poetry Prize for 2013 and is available form Pearl Editions in Long Beach, Calif.
Andrea Carter Brown, judge for the contest, wrote this about the book: "'Boy Singing to Cattle' is at once a moving elegy for a lost parent, a portrait of a way of life, and of the landscape and community tied to it, and a reconciliation with that past. It is remarkable for its wisdom, for the generosity of its spirit. These poems continue to haunt me-- in their grittiness, their loveliness, their eloquence; for the heart which informs every poem. 'Boy Singing to Cattle' renews and refreshes the tradition of poetry about the land and those who live from it in ways I would not have thought possible in the 21st century."