Charles Churchill taught English at Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro, N.H. for over twenty years. He currently resides on the shores of Colcord Lake just outside of the small village of Porter, Maine.
In Early Settlement and Other Poems (Beech River Books, 2006) Charles Churchill takes us into the mountains of Porter, Maine where his poetic imagination has long been stirred by the remains of old cellar holes, representing the fall of an agrarian way of life to the working of the Industrial Revolution. Chidren, viewing the hardships endured by their parents, walked out to the towns, the mills, the social life. When their parents were no longer able to keep up their homes, they moved in with their children "downtown." The pace and mood of Churchill's poetry gives voice to the story of individual lives marked by the land, the times, the dignity and suffering and convey a sentiment for humanity and for rural New England that few others have captured.