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Saturday, May 2 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cape Cod's Steeple Street Poets: Poems of Place, with an Open Mic FULL

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Poetry of place is associated with, but not limited to the natural world. Poetry can be inspired by the workplace, a birthplace, an urban or rural landscape. The poetry of Philip Levine, Ted Kooser and B.H. Fairchild come to mind. Cape Cod has inspired poets such as Mary Oliver, Mark Doty, Brendan Galvin, Stanley Kunitz and Marge Piercy. The Steeple Street Poets, co-founders, James Kershner and Robin Smith-Johnson, and members, Judith Askew, Samm Carlton, Maeve Hitzenbuhler, Karen Klein, Laurel Kornhiser, Christina Laurie, Judith Partelow, Rich Youmans and Sheila Whitehouse will poems responding their connection with "place." Alice Kociemba will invite audience members to read a poem of place, as time allows.

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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.

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J. Lorraine Brown

J. Lorraine Brown received a MA Grant and VSC Fellowship. She is a PNWA Zola Award winner. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser chose her poem for his nationwide newspaper column. Her chapbook, Skating on Bones, was a 2012 “Must-Read” Book of Poetry. She was included in Cape Cod’s Broadsides on the Bus 2014.
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James Kershner

professor, Cape Cod Community College
James Kershner is the co-founder of Steeple Street Poets and a professor at Cape Cod Community College, where he teaches a variety of classes, including creative writing. He is the author of The Elements of News Writing, and the upcoming text, The Elements of Academic Writing.
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Judith Partelow

Reader, Steeple Street Poets
First chapbook, "A Woman's Heart," was published in 2014. I was a featured reader for National Poetry Month at the Wellfleet Library that year, and this year I am a featured reader at the Brewster Ladies' Library for NaPoMo. I'm a member of the Steeple Street Poets, Guyer Barn Poets and Scargo Hill Poets (new group!). I was the feature for Provincetown's Writers' Voice Cafe in July, and was recently interviewed on Seekonk Cable TV for Deb... Read More →
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Robin Smith-Johnson

As a long-time resident of Cape Cod, Robin Smith-Johnson has been involved with several local poetry groups including the Lead Pencil Poets (Falmouth) and the Steeple Street Poets (Mashpee). Her poems have been published in CapeWomen, The Larcom Review, Sandscript and Yankee. Her book, Dream of the Antique Dealer’s Daughter, was published in Dec. 2013 by Word Poetry. She lives with her family in Mashpee, MA.
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Rich Youmans

Rich Youmans' haiku and haibun have appeared in various journals and anthologies, and his collection of linked haibun with Maggie Chula, Shadow Lines, won a Merit Book Award from the Haiku Society of America. A former New Jersey resident, he co-edited (with Frank Finale) the anthology Under a Gull’s Wing: Poems and Photographs of the Jersey Shore. He now lives on Cape Cod and is a member of the Steeple Street Poets.

Saturday May 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Old Town Hall, 2nd floor

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