Profile Type: Artist
Rick Agran

Poet, Educator, Photographer, Journalist

For the last two decades I’ve made my way in the world in a variety of roles: writer, poet and image maker, college professor, photographer, radio producer, humanist and educator, social justice advocate, multimedia journalist and arts reporter specializing in fine art and theatre. 

I work primarily in public education, arts and humanities. My work encompasses the fine and literary arts, language and literature, history and culture, the interpretation of the fine and performing arts.

I’ve served as poet in the schools on the Arts In Education rosters of the New Hampshire and Vermont Arts Councils. I’ve worked in small rural schools in New Hampshire for the Children’s Literacy Foundation as well. I've worked extensively as a Writer in Residence in communities where many children underperform as readers and writers and qualify for free lunch.

I’ve taught artists and learners of all ages to write for many years at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, New Hampshire Institute of Art, and Heartwood College of Art. I served as Poet in Residence at Plymouth State University for 3 years. I've also taught at UNH, Durham and around the state of NH for Granite State College. Most recently, I teach at Johnson State College and am assistant poetry editor of the Green Mountains Review.


 I host Bon Mot, a weekly radio program dedicated to poetry, the spoken word, the literary arts, and all things word-inspired, on WGDR, Goddard College Community Radio in Plainfield, Vermont. 

  My books include Pumpkin Shivaree, a picture book for children, and a collection of poems entitled Crow Milk. I co-edited Under the Legislature of Stars: 62 New Hampshire Poets which includes national poets laureate Charles Simic, Donald Hall and Maxine Kumin. My poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer's Almanac and are anthologized in his Great Poems American Places. Poems also appear in Lowell Review, Cimarron Review, Switched-On Gutenberg, the Poetry Society of NH’s Poets Guides to NH, Portsmouth Unabridged: New Poems for an Old City, and American Poetry: The Next Generation.

My poems have been included in community multimedia arts projects in Portsmouth and Rochester New Hampshire and Montpelier Vermont's Poem City 2014-16.

Notes of pricing:
Special projects, collaborations, custom author visits and writers' residencies are negotiable. Grants from the VAC, NHSCA and CLiF can help bring me to your school or community at low or no cost. Please call for more information. Performances, readings, talks: $50-$375 per day; Teacher development, master classes and workshops: $150/hour (but are often included gratis in larger residencies). Mileage and lodging is required as needed. I am amenable to appropriate home-stays in host communities.

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    Founding Chair of BFA Liberal Arts Dept.; Writing, Literature & Humanities Educator; BFA/MAT Art Education Curriculum Co-author



    Humanities To Go program coordinator; What is New Hampshire Reading program coordinator; Book Discussion facilitator; Community Outreach/Grants Officer



    Poetry in the Schools; Writer Residencies; Family Literacy; Teacher Professional Development



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Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Poet, Educator, Photographer, Journalist, Radio Producer
Mailing Address: 
PO Box 22
Montpelier, VT 05601
Physical Address: 
PO Box 22
Montpelier, VT 05601
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Literary Arts - Poetry
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Literature
Literary Arts - Poetry
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Media - Audio / Sound
Media - Digital
Media - Radio
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Events Per Year: 
Seasons Active: 
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

MFA, Sarah Lawrence College ‒ Poetry, Film
MA, University of New Hampshire ‒ Creative Writing, Education
BA, University of New Hampshire ‒ English, Psychology minor
Governor Wesley Powell Scholarship for Academic Achievement & Community Service
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
New Hampshire Education Roster
Vermont Education Roster

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Fee Range Minimum: 
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