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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.

Moderators
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Alice Kociemba

Founding Director, Calliope Poetry Series
Alice Kociemba is the Guest Editor of Common Thread (2015 & 2016). She is the director of Calliope, a poetry reading series, with winter craft workshops, at the West Falmouth Library, now completing its ninth season. For the past six years, she has facilitated a poetry discussion group at the Falmouth Public Library. Alice's first poetry collection, Bourne Bridge, was released in March 2016 by Turning Point.

Speakers
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Kevin Carey

Kevin Carey will be releasing his new book Fall of 2016 - "Jesus was a Homeboy"
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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 summers performing as the Fat Ass Cancer Bitch at Cotuit Center for the Arts, where she also teaches writing classes and produces for the mainstage. She and the... Read More →
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Jennifer Jean

Co-director, Morning Garden Artist Retreats
Jennifer Jean's debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table, 2013); her chapbooks include: The Archivist, and In the War. Her poetry and prose have appeared, or are forthcoming, in: Rattle, Drunken Boat, Crab Creek Review, Waxwing, Caketrain, Denver Quarterly, Tidal Basin Review, Solstice, Green Mountains Review, Mud City Journal, and more. She is Co-director of the Morning Garden Artist Retreats, Poetry Editor for The Mom Egg Review, and... Read More →


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

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