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Sunday, May 3 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Poems for the 99 Percent is a reading and discussion about the way poetry can matter in a democracy. It’s a cliché that poets are not wealthy, but it’s also true that poetry itself can seem elite or foreboding. This panel and reading will discuss the way poetry can contribute to discussion of democracy, social justice, and economic inequality.


Jonathan Silverman

Editor, 99: The Press
Jonathan Silverman is working on manuscripts about horse racing, Norway, and Johnny Cash.

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Martha Collins

FIELD magazine; Oberlin College Press
Martha Collins’s eighth book of poems, Admit One: An American Scrapbook will be published by Pittsburgh in early 2016. Her earlier books include Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012) and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006). She has also published four collections of co-translated Vietnamese poetry—most recently Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap (Milkweed, 2013, with the author). She founded the creative writing program at... Read More →
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Joan Houlihan

Founder & Director, Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference
Joan Houlihan is the author of four collections of poems, most recently Ay (2014) from Tupelo Press. Her other books are Hand-Held Executions: Poems & Essays (2003), The Mending Worm (2006), winner of the Green Rose Award from New Issues Press, and The Us (2009, Tupelo Press), named a must-read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. She has published in many journals, including Poetry, Boston Review, Harvard Review and Gulf Coast, and has... Read More →
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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 →
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Susan Richmond

Director of the Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize, Robert Creeley Foundation
Susan Edwards Richmond has four published poetry collections: Increase (FootHills Publishing), Birding in Winter (Finishing Line Press), and Purgatory Chasm and Boto(both from Adastra Press). Her work has appeared in Blueline, The Iowa Review, Green Mountains Review, and Poetry East, among other journals. She served as poetry editor for Sanctuary: Journal of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and is on the board of the Robert Creeley Foundation.

Sunday May 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Old Town Hall, 1st floor

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