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Welcome to the schedule of the 2015 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, happening May 1-3 in the beautiful and historic town of Salem! 

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Friday, May 1 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
The Poetry of Home FILLING

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This program will involve the reading of poems focusing on the subject of "home" with its many possibilities ranging from the domestic pleasures of "home sweet home," to the more complex, sometimes dark, associations of homes not so sweet. It will include some discussion of the special challenges of writing about he subject of home. As Frost said, "Home is the place, when you go there,/They have to take you in." What else might a poetic home be?

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Ann Taylor

Professor of English, Salem State University
Ann Taylor is a Professor of English at Salem State University. She has published textbooks on writing, a collection of personal essays on birdwatching,Watching Birds, and poems in a variety of places. Her first book of poetry, The River Within, won first prize at Ravenna Press' Cathlamet Poetry Competition. Her recent collection, Bound Each to Each, appeared in 2013. She continues to work on a collection of poems focusing on the... Read More →

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Francis Blessington

Francis Blessington is a poet, novelist, translator, critic, and professor of English at Northeastern University. He has published two books of poems, Wolf Howl and Lantskip; Paradise Lost: Ideal and Tragic Epic, Paradise Lost and the Classical Epic, and a novel, The Last Witch of Dogtown. His latest book isEuripides: Hecuba, Helen, and Trojan Women: Three Plays about Women and the Trojan War (verse translations). His Trojan Women won the... Read More →
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Susan Donnelly

Susan Donnelly is the author of three poetry collections, the most recent Capture the Flag. Published in Poetry, The New Yorker, Prairie Schooner, The Atlantic Monthly and elsewhere, including two poems currently in Irish journals, she had a poem featured in December in Nicholas Kristof's column on poems about race in The New York Times. A teacher of poetry for over 20 years, Susan conducts classes and gives individual consultations from her home... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Hawthorne Essex Room

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