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Saturday, May 2 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Smack Down: Cape Ann Poets vs. Cape Cod Poets FILLING

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A fast-paced, unscripted Smack Down between a team of Cape Ann poets (Kevin Carey, MP Carver, Jennifer Martelli, Colleen Michaels, with Jennifer Jean, team leader) and a team of Cape Cod poets (Gregory Hischak, Carole Stasiowski, Lauren Wolk, Jason Mellin (or Marney Rathbun), with Christine Ernst, team leader) vie for the title THE CAPE. Without knowing the other team's poetry, the team leader will dispatch her team's poet to immediately respond to the other team's poem. Alice Kociemba will act as time-keeper and referee. Poets will be dressed in "super-poet capes" representing their region. Audience applause and secret judges will decide the winning team. The losing team will eat "humble pie" and buy THE CAPE a round of drinks at the nearest pub.

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Alice Kociemba

Founding Director, Calliope—Poetry for Community
Alice Kociemba is the author of Bourne Bridge (Turning Point, 2016) and was guest editor of Common Threads (2015 & 2016). She has facilitated a monthly poetry discussion group at the Falmouth Public Library since 2009. She lives in Falmouth with her husband, Rich Youmans.

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Kevin Carey

Kevin Carey is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Salem State University. He has published three books – a chapbook of fiction, The Beach People from Red Bird Chapbooks (2014) and two books of poetry from Cavankerry Press,The One Fifteen to Penn Station (2012) andJesus... Read More →
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Christine Ernst

Cotuit Center for the Arts
Christine Rathbun Ernst is a writer and performance poet. She has been featured in the magazines MAMM, The Cape Cod View, Cape Cod Magazine, Cape Cod Life, the literary journal Ars Medica, and The Boston Globe, and two of her plays have been named MCC Grant Finalists. She spends her... Read More →
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Jennifer Jean

Co-director, Morning Garden Artist Retreats
Jennifer Jean is a poet, educator, activist, and consummate "literary citizen." Her debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table); her poetry chapbooks include: In the War, and The Archivist. Jennifer’s newest manuscript, titled OBJECT, was a finalist for the 2016 Green Mountains... Read More →

Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Hawthorne Library

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