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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

Author. Advisor. Poet
Deborah Leipziger is an author, poet, and advisor on sustainability and regeneration. She advises companies, organizations, and governments all over the world. Her chapbook, Flower Map, was published by Finishing Line Press. Born in Brazil, Ms. Leipziger is the author of several books... 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... Read More →
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Leah Meryl 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 is a singer/ songwriter. She currently lives in the Boston area where... 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... 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... Read More →

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

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