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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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Sunday, May 3 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Writing Across Cultures FULL

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With today’s continued growth in multiculturalism and the resistance to diversity by many groups, poets in the United States have an important role to play to advance social change by writing about other cultures in ways that promote shared experiences and equality. In this panel, we will discuss how our multicultural experiences can enter and inform our poetry, be it through the incorporation of other languages, the settings and themes we choose to explore in our work, or the translations of works into English or from English into other languages. Our goal is to start a conversation with other writers that we hope will carry beyond the conference.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Rivera

Sara Rivera

Poet & Fiction Writer
Sara Daniele Rivera is a Cuban/Peruvian writer, artist, educator, and translator from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her poetry and speculative fiction have appeared in The Loft Anthology, Origins Journal, DIALOGIST, Storyscape Journal, Circuits & Slippers, The Green Mountains Review, in... Read More →
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Tara Skurtu

Poet, Teacher, Translator, Boston University Prison Education Program
Tara Skurtu, originally from South Florida, is a poet and translator living in Boston. She is the recipient of a 2015-16 Fulbright, a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, and two Academy of American Poets prizes. Tara teaches incarcerated college students through Boston University's Prison... Read More →
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Patrick Sylvain

Patrick Sylvain is a poet, writer, translator, photographer, and academic. He is a faculty at Brown University’s Center for Language Studies. Sylvain has taught as a lecturer at Harvard, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Tufts University. Additionally, Sylvain was also... Read More →


Sunday May 3, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Old Town Hall, 1st floor

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