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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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Kirun Kapur

Kirun Kapur's collections include Women in the Waiting Room, a finalist for the National Poetry Series, and Visiting Indira Gandhi's Palmist, which won the Antivenom Poetry Award. Her work’s appeared in Ploughshares, AGNI, and Prairie Schooner. She’s an editor for the Beloit Poetry... 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... Read More →

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

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