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Sunday, May 3 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Remembering/Unburying Malcolm Miller LIMITED

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We celebrate the writing of 83-year-old Salem poet Malcolm Miller, who died last September. An iconoclast and occasional curmudgeon, Miller had an original voice, sometimes witty, sometimes biting (sometimes lusty), that poked fun at hypocrisy and piety and that reveled in staying alive to life. After publishing three “legitimate” collections between 1969 and 1978, he turned away from the poetry establishment and self-published fifty-eight more books , mailing these to libraries, acquaintances ,and strangers, inviting contributions of $5. His readers and fans gather here in the hope of keeping the poems of Malcolm Miller alive and exposed to a wider audience.

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Rod Kessler

Professor Emeritus, Salem State University
In retirement Rod Kessler has been editing the poetry and researching the life of Salem poet Malcolm Miller (1930-2014).

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Maile Black

Maile Black does what she is told.
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M.P. Carver

M.P. Carver is a poet from Salem, MA
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Linda Flaherty Haltmaier

Linda Flaherty Haltmaier is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Andover, MA. Her latest collection, Rolling up the Sky, won the Homebound Publication Poetry Prize. She eats way too much chocolate on a daily basis and would love to find a writing group that laughs and drinks in equal m... Read More →
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Pamela Harris

Pamela Harris grew up in Danvers and lives in New York City. She is Malcolm Miller's niece. Also a writer, she has created a half-hour comedy for Howard Stern Productions; was a staff writer for 'Life on the Line,' a one-hour drama on the Oxygen Network; has had two features optioned... Read More →
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Claire Keyes

Claire Keyes has published reviews and poems in The Women's Review of Books, The Georgia Review, Calyx and Rattle, among others. On-line, you can find her work at Tattoohighway.org,Poemeleon.org, and poetrymagazine.org. She recently won the Robert Penn Warren Award (First Prize) from New England Writers. Her poetry collections include The Question of Rapture and What Diamonds Can Do. She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts and teaches in the Lifelong Learning Program at Salem State College... Read More →

Sunday May 3, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Hawthorne Pickman Room

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