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Saturday, May 2 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
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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.

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Jill McDonough

Lannan Fellowship and three-time Pushcart prize winner, Jill McDonough’s books of poems include Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), and Where You Live (Salt, 2012). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford’s Stegner program, she taught incarcerated college students through Boston University’s... 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 →
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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 & So Magazine, Atlas Review, and Smoking Glue Gun. Some prose has recently appeared in Poor Claudia, Twelfth House, BOMBlog, Real Pants, and The Conversant. She was a... Read More →
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Alyssa Mazzarella

Adjunct Professor & Tutor, UMass Boston
Alyssa Mazzarella is a poet, adjunct professor, and tutor at UMass Boston, where she graduated in 2015 with an MFA in Creative Writing for poetry. In 2015, she was a semifinalist for a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Writing Fellowship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in apt, The Briar Cliff Review, Common Ground Review, and Freshwater.

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