PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University English's, Liz Ahl, is the recipient of the Moondancer Fellowship at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Ark. The yearly fellowship is awarded to a writer whose work deals with the environment or nature. While at the Colony during her two week stay, Ahl will be working on a collection of poems called “Holderness,” named for the town where she lives.
“My intention with these poems is to evoke a strong sense of place that’s rooted in the overlapping and symbiotic ecosystems of human history and ecology/biology, or between human time and geologic time,” said Ahl. “Many ‘natural’ features of Holderness – Squam Lake, Rattlesnake Mountain, the Pemigewassett River, and so on – intersect with human activity to create this place where we live. Ice harvests, town meetings, mud season, and other seasonal events co-create, with natural phenomena, the ebb and flow of the years.”
Ahl is the author of three chapbooks, which are typically collections, usually of poetry, of twenty to forty pages. Her first chapbook, A Thirst That’s Partly Mine, won the 2008 Slapering Hol Press chapbook contest. A third chapbook, Talking About the Weather, was published in a limited edition in 2012 by Seven Kitchens Press.
Ahl calls her first chapbook of poems, A Thirst That’s Partly Mine, “my first concentrated effort to focus on the natural world as a writer.” The collection, in the words of the publisher, “explores the ways humans perceive and interact with a natural world that can seem both intimately connected to our concerns and yet profoundly unknowable.”
Ahl’s Talking About The Weather, continued her interest in writing about the natural world, with poems about mud season, plagues of acorns, and splitting wood. Individual poems by Ahl have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She has worked at Plymouth State since 2002.