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Friday, May 1 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Poetry of Place: Mapping our Migrations FULL

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This panel explores how a sense of place can illuminate and inspire poetry. The poets in this session have crossed many boundaries: national, spiritual, and emotional. Some of the poems evoke a sense of exile while others describe the loss of place to environmental degradation. The poet is a soul cartographer, mapping terrain: both real and imagined. The poets in the panel have journeyed through many lands, including: Jordan, Israel, Brazil, Puerto Rico, India, Spain, and Greece. Their poems reflect these journeys and migrations.

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Deborah Leipziger

Lecturer, Bard
Deborah Leipziger is an author, poet, and professor. Her chapbook, Flower Map, was published by Finishing Line Press (2013). In 2014, her poem “Written on Skin” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the co-founder of Soul-Lit, an on-line poetry magazine. http://soul-lit.com. Her poems have been featured in Salamander, Ibbetson Street, and the Muddy River Poetry Review, among other publications. Born in Brazil, Ms. Leipziger is the author... Read More →

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Ray Fahrner

Director, Office of Performing Arts, Colleges of the Fenway
Ray Fahrner is an award-winning composer, conductor, database designer, writer and arts administrator, living in Cambridge, MA. His eclectic compositions include Colleges of Funk, for jazz band; CIRCLE: A Circus for Mime and Orchestra; and ten works for chamber chorus. As a choral conductor, he has directed the Cambridge Chamber Singers for 27 years, and is renowned for his innovative programming. He is the founding Director, Office of Performing... Read More →
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Leah Harmon

Leah Meryl Harmon was born in Boston Massachusetts. She attended Berklee Collage of Music, and The University of Massachusetts Boston, earning her BA with a concentration in poetry and a minor in art history. She currently lives in the Boston area where she has taught poetry and essay workshops to high school students. She has written two self published chapbooks, Portraits, and In The Wells, poems from which have appeared in Belleville Park... Read More →
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Janice Silverman Rebibo

Poet / Editor / Translator
Janice Silverman Rebibo’s poetry has been widely published and reviewed since she was first launched into print by esteemed Israeli poet, Chaim Gouri. Her English language poetry has been called “fresh and compelling”, having “an intriguing sense of humor”, and showing “just how globally oriented the world has become”. About her most recent chapbook, How Many Edens, reviewer Amos Lassen wrote, “It does not happen often that I read... Read More →
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Bill Yarrow

Professor of English, Joliet Junior College
Bill Yarrow is the author of Blasphemer (Lit Fest Press 2015) and Pointed Sentences (BlazeVOX 2012). His poems have appeared in many print and online magazines including Poetry International, DIAGRAM, FRiGG, Van Gogh's Ear, Thrush Poetry Journal, Gargoyle, RHINO, and PANK. He is as Professor of English at Joliet Junior College where he teaches creative writing, Shakespeare, and film.

Friday May 1, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Old Town Hall, 1st floor

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