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Mekeel McBride, Thomas Moore, & Shelley Girdner

Ms. McBride, Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire and the author of six collections of poetry, has received two National Endowment for the Arts grants. Her poems have appeared in many literary magazines and journals, and she has received fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute, Princeton University, and MacDowell Colony.

Mr. Moore's first poem of books, The Bolt-Cutters, was one of three Finalists in the 2011 Maine Writers and Publishers Competition. Two poems from The Bolt-Cutters were featured on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac in January 2011, and two are 2012 Pushcart nominees.

Ms. Girdner, Lecturer in the English Department at the University of New Hampshire, has read her poetry throughout the seacoast area and has completed a chapbook manuscript and a full-length manuscript. Her poems have appeared in several magazines, including the Indiana Review.

Berwick Academy

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 550 students, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 and Post-Graduates. Berwick students are from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and several countries. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves.