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Welcome to the schedule of the 2015 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, happening May 1-3 in the beautiful and historic town of Salem! 

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Saturday, May 2 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Getting It Done FILLING

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Consider the overworked adjunct professors. These heroes can teach nine classes at five schools in one semester, grade a stack of papers for their TR classes on the train to their MWFs, get dinner on the table, AND they have time to write all these great poems. How do they do it? Come hear some poems about writing even when you are really, really busy, and learn from some of the hardest working people in Po Biz. You’ll get some solace and community for your own exhaustion, and come away with some strategies for getting good writing done even when you’re working like a dog. We’ll read a couple poems, tell stories, and offer writing and time management techniques. Then we’ll open it up for plenty of lively Q&A.

Moderators
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Jill McDonough

Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Three-time Pushcart prize winner Jill McDonough is the recipient of Lannan, NEA, Cullman Center, and Stegner fellowships. Her most recent book is Reaper (Alice James, 2017); Here All Night, her fifth collection, is forthcoming from Alice James Books. She teaches in the MFA program... Read More →

Speakers
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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 →
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Amy Lawless

Amy Lawless is the author of two books for poems, most recently My Dead (Octopus Books 2013). Her third book Broadax is also forthcoming from Octopus Books. An audio chapbook "from Broadax" is just out from Black Cake Records. Some poems have most recently appeared appeared in So... Read More →
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Alyssa Mazzarella

Development Manager, GrubStreet
Alyssa Mazzarella helps ensure GrubStreet, one of the nation's leading creative writing centers, has the resources it needs to support writers of all types and talents. Prior to joining GrubStreet as the Development Manager, she taught and tutored writing at the University of Massachusetts... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
PEM East India Marine Hall

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