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Sunday, May 3 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Poems for the 99 Percent FULL

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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

Jonathan Silverman is working on manuscripts about horse racing, Norway, and Johnny Cash. And cows.

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Martha Collins

FIELD magazine; Oberlin College Press
Martha Collins’s ninth book of poetry, Night Unto Night, was published by Milkweed in 2018. Her earlier books include Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016), Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012) and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006). She has also... Read More →
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Joan Houlihan

Joan Houlihan’s most recent book of poetry is Shadow-feast (Four Way Books, March, 2018). Her four previous books of poetry include The Mending Worm (2006), winner of the Green Rose Award from New Issues Press; The Us (Tupelo Press, 2009), named a 2009 must-read by the Massachusetts... Read More →
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Fred Marchant

Emeritus Professor of English, Suffolk University
Fred Marchant has authored five books of poetry, the most recent of which, Said Not Said, was named an Honored Book by the Massachusetts Book Awards. He has edited Another World Instead: The Early Poetry of William Stafford, and, co-translated (with Nguyen Ba Chung) works by several... 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... Read More →

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

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