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Saturday, May 2 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
You Probably Think This Poem Is About You: lovers, friends, family and children FULL

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Good poems tell the truth. As poets, we dig deep to create an honest, authentic experience on the page, but what happens when telling the truth hurts or exposes family members or loved ones? What happens when our version of events differs from the memories of others? Should we ask permission? Are there boundaries and responsibilities or are we always free to tell our own truth as we see it? Six poets read and discuss their own practices. Join us for a conversation about how private experience is transformed into public art.

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Brian Burt

Brian Burt is the author of the poetry collection, "Past Continuous" (Back Pages Publishers, 2015). His poems, photographs, and visual art have appeared or are forthcoming in a wide variety of publications in North America and Europe, most recently FUSION, The Waterhouse Review, The Drum, and The Independent. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.
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Amy Clark

Amy M. Clark’s most recent collection is a chapbook, A Turn Around the Mansion Grounds: Poems in Conversation & a Conversation, co-authored with Molly Peacock (Slapering Hol Press, 2014). Her debut book, Stray Home (University of North Texas Press, 2010), won the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry 2009, and was a 2011 Must-Read selection by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Her poems have appeared on the Writer’s Almanac, in the anthology... Read More →
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Kirun Kapur

Kirun Kapur is the winner of the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry and the Antivenom Poetry Prize for her first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Poetry International, FIELD, The Christian Science Monitor and many other journals. She has taught creative writing at Boston University and has been awarded fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Vermont Studio Center and MacDowell Colony... Read More →
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Beth Woodcome Platow

Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music
Beth Woodcome Platow has published poems in Ploughshares, AGNI, Harvard Review, and Gulf Coast among other journals. She received the Grolier Prize, the PEN/New England Discovery Award, the Beyond Baroque Poetry Prize, and the Rousseau Poetry Prize. Her book of poems, Little Myths, will be published in 2016 by the National Poetry Review. She holds an MFA from Bennington College and is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music where she... Read More →

Lynne Potts

Lynne Potts’s first book of poetry, Porthole View, won the National Poetry Review Press prize in 2012. The same press is publishing a second book Mame, Sol and Dog Bark in 2015. Her poems have appeared in Paris Review, Southern Poetry Review, California Quarterly, Meridian, American Letters and Commentary, The Literary Review, Denver Quarterly, Cincinnati Review, Southwest Review, Backwards City Review, Oxford Magazine, Nimrod, 14 Hills... Read More →

Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
PEM Studio 2

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Waitlist (16)