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Friday, May 1 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
After Great Pain: The Poetics of Recovery FULL

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How does a poet attempt to understand, and then write about, those events which have caused pain? Does writing the poem imply a kind of recuperation? There are many kinds of pain, from personal to political, from physical to spiritual. How do we engage with these elements in our work? What is the relation, if any, between aesthetics and recovery? The poets on this panel will read from their works, and then speak from different perspectives about this relation.

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Martha Collins

FIELD magazine; Oberlin College Press
Martha Collins’s eighth book of poems, Admit One: An American Scrapbook will be published by Pittsburgh in early 2016. Her earlier books include Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012) and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006). She has also published four collections of co-translated Vietnamese poetry—most recently Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap (Milkweed, 2013, with the author). She founded the creative writing program at... Read More →
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Joan Houlihan

Founder & Director, Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference
Joan Houlihan is the author of four collections of poems, most recently Ay (2014) from Tupelo Press. Her other books are Hand-Held Executions: Poems & Essays (2003), The Mending Worm (2006), winner of the Green Rose Award from New Issues Press, and The Us (2009, Tupelo Press), named a must-read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. She has published in many journals, including Poetry, Boston Review, Harvard Review and Gulf Coast, and has... Read More →
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Kathy Nilsson

Kathy Nilsson earned a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her book The Infant Scholar was published by Tupelo Press in January 2015 and won Honorable Mention, Berkshire Prize for a first or second book chosen by Tupelo Press Editors. Her chapbook The Abattoir was published by Finishing Line Press in 2008, and in 2011 she received the Poetry Society of America’s Robert H. Winner Award. She lives in... Read More →
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Cammy Thomas

Cammy Thomas' first book, Cathedral of Wish, won the 2006 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her second book, Inscriptions, is just out. Both were published by Four Way Books. She lives in Lexington, MA, and teaches literature and creative writing at Concord Academy.
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Daniel Tobin

Professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson college
Daniel Tobin is the author of six books of poems, Where the World is Made, Double Life, The Narrows, Second Things, Belated Heavens (winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry), and The Net (2014). His seventh book of poems, From Nothing, is forthcoming in 2016. He is the author of the critical studies Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney and Awake in America, and the editor of The Book of Irish... Read More →

Producers
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Cammy Thomas

Cammy Thomas' first book, Cathedral of Wish, won the 2006 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her second book, Inscriptions, is just out. Both were published by Four Way Books. She lives in Lexington, MA, and teaches literature and creative writing at Concord Academy.


Friday May 1, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Hawthorne Essex Room

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