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Visiting writer to read poetry at Maier Museum

Ted and Anne Deppe

Ted and Anne Deppe

Anne Spencer Visiting Writer Ted Deppe will conduct a poetry reading at the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College on Wednesday, March 25, at 8 p.m. His wife, Anne Depp is also a poet and will present her work at the reading. The event will include both old and new works crafted by the poet couple throughout their creative career.

Ted Deppe is a poet and teacher who also work for decades as a nurse in psychiatric hospitals and coronary care units. Those experiences have inspired and driven the creation of much of his work. A faculty member for the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, Ted has directed an offshoot of the program in Ireland since 2006. He has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and been published in major literary magazines, such as The Kenyon Review, Harper’s Magazine, and Poetry.

Bunny Goodjohn, a Randolph English professor, was so inspired by Ted Deppe during her MFA residency at USM, that she decided to become a poet rather than a fictional writer. “He is a storyteller, first and foremost; and yet, whenever you finish one of Ted’s poems, you come away with some kind of insight about the human condition,” Goodjohn said. “It’s not purely story. It’s not purely emotion. It’s a melding of the two.”

The Deppes are also co-teaching a creative writing class at Randolph over the next four weeks.“When he sits with a group of students, he is absolutely intent on their growth about the craft of poetry,” said Goodjohn. Anne Deppe’s expertise will add even more to the class and the students, she added.

Grace Gardiner ’15, an English major who is taking the class with Ted and Anne, feels lucky to learn from them. “The first time I read some of the Deppe’s work, the soft intensity of their imagery snuck up on me and gripped me by the throat,” she said. “They surprised me again on Monday night, the first night of the Special Topics class, with this same earnestness, both warm and welcoming though they are the visitors.”


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