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Sunday, May 3 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
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Join us for our closing reading with Jorie Graham and Stephen Burt. Opening for them are the two winners of the Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize, Nicole Blackwood and Sequoia LeBreux. 

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Nicole Blackwood

Nicole Blackwood is a winner of the 2015 Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize.  A recent winner of the Arisia Writing Award and a Writer's Digest Short Story winner, Nicole is a junior at Newburyport High School. With assistance from her Creative Writing teacher, Deborah Szabo, she has come to appreciate and love the art of poetry and is honored to count this as her first poetry award.
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Stephen Burt

Stephen Burt is a poet, literary critic, and professor. In 2012, the New York Times called Burt “one of the most influential poetry critics of his generation.” He grew up around Washington, DC and earned a BA from Harvard and PhD from Yale. Burt has published three collections of poems: Belmont (2013),Parallel Play (2006), andPopular Music (1999). Burt has taught at Macalester... Read More →
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Jorie Graham

Jorie Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including From the New World: Poems 1976-2014, Place, which won the Forward Prize in 2012, and The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, winner of the 1996 Pulitzer prize for Poetry. Her other poetry collections includeSea Change, Overlord, Never, Swarm, The Errancy, Materialism, Region of Unlikeness, The End of Beauty, Erosion, and Hybrids of... Read More →
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Sequoia LeBreux

Sequoia LeBreux is a winner of the 2015 Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize. A junior at Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Shelburne Falls, Sequoia is an activist, feminist, artist, and poet. She aspires to expand minds and in turn expand her own through experiencing new art and new ways of being. She enjoys creating zines, listening to mixed tapes, and meeting new writers like herself.

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Mass Poetry

Mass Poetry
Mass Poetry supports poets and poetry in Massachusetts. We help to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bring poetry to readers of all ages and transform people’s lives through inspiring verse. We are a tax exempt, non-profit organization. Programs and events include: The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Poetry on the T, Common Threads, Student Day of Poetry, U35 Reading Series, and Educator Professional Development.

Sunday May 3, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
PEM East India Marine Hall

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