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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 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Making It New FILLING

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Four poets, all of whom are faculty in the creative writing program at Suffolk University, will read from new work, both poems and translations. Each poet will aim to identify what he or she believes is new in the work that was read. It might be a new theme or a new form, or it could be a discovery about a given word or phrase or rhythm or figure of speech. Perhaps too the poem surprised the poet with something he or she had never thought of until the moment of composition. Overall the reading and discussion will offer a compendium of the various ways a poet might adapt and enact and even question Pound’s enduring injunction to “make it new.”

Moderators
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Fred Marchant

Emeritus Professor of English, Suffolk University
Fred Marchant is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which is The Looking House (Graywolf Press). His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Word Works Washington Prize in poetry, and has been reissued in a 20th anniversary second edition. He has a new book, The Day Later, coming out from Graywolf Press in 2016. He is also the co-translator of From a Corner of My Yard, by Tran Dang Khoa, and is the editor of Another World... Read More →

Speakers
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Jennifer Barber

Scholar in Residence/Editor, Suffolk/Salamander
Jennifer Barber teaches literature and creative writing at Suffolk University in Boston, where she is also founding and current editor of the literary journal Salamander. Her poetry collections are Works on Paper, which received the 2015 Tenth Gate Prize (The Word Works, 2106), and Given Away and Rigging the Wind, both from Kore Press (2012, 2003). She is happy to talk about anything related to Suffolk, to literary journals, to teaching poetry... Read More →
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David Ferry

DAVID FERRY’S most recent book of poems, Bewilderment (The University of Chicago Press), won the 2012 National Book Award. He is an acclaimed translator of the Gilgamesh epic, the Odes of Horace, and the works of Virgil. He also is the author of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems, and On This Side of the River, a selected poems forthcoming in the U.K. He is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University.
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George Kalogeris

Professor, Suffolk University
Poetry in Translation | Classics


Saturday May 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
PEM Bartlett Gallery