A Dudley Laufman Poetry Reading

Dudley Laufman
Dudley Laufman, photo by Susanna Bolle
The Monadnock Folklore Society and the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library jointly present poet and contra dance caller Dudley Laufman on Thursday, August 18th at 7 PM at the Nelson Town Hall.

Dudley Laufman is the winner of both a National Heritage Fellowship Award and the NH Governor’s Folk Heritage Award for his contribution to preserving the traditional music and dance calling associated with New England Contra Dancing.

The poems in his latest book, She Plumb Ned, She More’n Plumb, are rooted in the stories told by certain colorful and eccentric characters who lived in the Monadnock Region of southwestern New Hampshire. Laufman was 16 years old when he began collecting these stories. His words capture the dry sense of humor typical of this breed of Yankee.

Rebecca Rule, in the Concord Monitor, said “This is hunting and fishing humor. It’s drinking and carousing humor. It’s colorful, earthy, and salty, too.”

For more information call the Nelson Library at 603-847-3214 or visit www.townofnelson.com.