FEB 29, 2020. The poet, Karen Skolfield, speaks at Amherst College’s Litfest 2020. Skolfield read work from her latest collection, Battle Dress

Battle Dress won the 2018 Barnard Women Poets Prize. Skolfield’s other collection, Frost in the Low Areas. won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press.


The poet laureate for Northampton, Mass., for 2019–2021, Skolfield has won the 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in poetry from The Missouri Review, 2015 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and 2015 Arts & Humanities Award from New England Public Radio, among other awards and fellowships. Her poems can be found in dozens of journals and magazines. Skolfield is a U.S. Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her M.F.A


Bio from Amherst College Litfest
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