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Saturday, May 2 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
PoGens: Moving Poetry From the Margins to the Center FULL

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Five professionals who are also poets will illustrate how their self-created poetry generation (PoGens) sessions have moved poetry from the margins of their busy lives to the center. A psychiatrist, nonprofit leader, development director, restaurant owner, and prep school teacher meet regularly to create poems, using a poetry generation process that strengthens writing skills and promotes the practice of craft. Panelists will briefly discuss how their commitment to PoGens has helped them keep poetry as a focus in the midst of demanding careers and contributed to traditional measures of success (publication and completion of an MFA), while strengthening each member’s awareness of the value of creation as a daring and life-affirming act. The workshop will move into a poetry generation session, including participants, providing practical advice for recreating the PoGens model.

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Grace Mattern

Author and Nonprofit Advisor
Grace Mattern’s has been published widely in journals and anthologies, including The Sun, Calyx, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore and Yankee. She has received fellowships from the NH State Arts Council and Vermont Studio Center and has published two books of poetry. The Truth About Death won the 2014 Readers’ Choice NH Literary Award in Poetry. Over the past thirty five years, Mattern has been deeply involved in the movement to end violence... Read More →

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David Coursin

David Coursin worked for thirty-eight years as a physician, fitting in a range of creative interests around the edges of a full family and professional life. In 2011 he decided it was time for those interests to occupy the center of his day and retired from clinical practice. He has been exploring the visual arts through drawing, painting and digital imagery, editing The Days of Either Or, a collection of his poems from 2005-2008, and regularly... Read More →
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Anny Jones

Anny Jones teaches Creative Writing at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, though she grew up in Great Expectations territory in Kent. She is a poetry graduate of the MFA program at Pacific University where she was taught by Sandra Alcosser, David St. John and Kwame Dawes. She writes in several forms—poetry, novels, lyric essays—and gives quirky talks on such things as Hay in Art, Literature and History. Laundry ditto.
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Hope Jordan

Director of Advancement, Manchester Community Health Center
Hope Jordan’s poems have appeared in such journals as Many Mountains Moving, Green Mountains Review and The 2010 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire. She was the first official poetry slam master in New Hampshire, and coached the inaugural NH Poetry Slam Team in 2007. She has a dual degree in English and Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in teaching writing from Plymouth State University. She is an alumna of the... Read More →
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Nancy Stewart

Nancy grew up in Concord, NH, lived in San Francisco for 6 years, and has spent the last 25 years running a sandwich shop in Concord, with her husband. Her poems have appeared in the literary journal, Bone and Flesh, and in the Seacoast Writers Association anthology, Currents V. She was a featured poet on the New Hampshire Poet Showcase in 2011. She is a member of the Concord Yogurt Poets, a past member of the Portsmouth City Hall poets, and a... Read More →

Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Charter School Room 4

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