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Saturday, May 2 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Golden Shovel: A New Poetic Form that Honors Gwendolyn Brooks FULL

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This interactive panel / performance will celebrate the continued influence of Gwendolyn Brooks through the introduction of the "Golden Shovel," a form created by MacArthur genius grant winner Terrance Hayes where he draws on Brooks' much-anthologized poem, “We Real Cool" and secretly encodes the words into his own poem. This new form encourages one to borrow in order to create and draws upon the genius of Ms. Brooks’ poetry.

We have received poems from National Poet Laureates from the U.S., England, Scotland and Canada; from Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Winners; and from a National Teen Poet Laureate. The session will cover the story behind the Golden Shovel Anthology: from Terrance Hayes’ poem, to Peter’s work with high school students, to Ravi and Patricia’s involvement. We will then discuss the form itself, look at some poems by Ms. Brooks and have time to write/share some Golden Shovel poems.

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Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), was named one of the best books of the... Read More →
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Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn’s “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City” (Norton, 2004), won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir, and has been translated into ten languages. He is also the author of two book of poetry, “Some Ether” (Graywolf, 2000), which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and “Blind Huber" (Graywolf, 2002). He has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Library of Congress, The Amy Lowell Trust, and... Read More →
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Adrian Matejka

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in California and Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His first collection of poems,The Devil’s Garden, won the 2002 New York / New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was published by Penguin Books in... Read More →
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Gail Mazur

GAIL MAZUR is author of six books of poems, including Figures in a Landscape, Zeppo’s First Wife, winner of the Massachusetts book Prize and finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; and They Can’t Take That Away from Me, finalist for the National Book Award. She was founder and for nearly 30 years director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge and is Distinguished Writer in Residence in the MFA Program of Emerson College. She is... Read More →
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Wesley Rothman

Wesley Rothman's poems and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in 32 Poems, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Narrative Magazine, New England Review, Poet Lore, Post Road, Prairie Schooner, Vinyl, and The White Review, among other venues. He has worked with Copper Canyon Press, Ploughshares, Salamander, and Tupelo Quarterly, and teaches writing and cultural literatures at Emerson College, Berklee College of... Read More →
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Lloyd Schwartz

Frederick S. Troy Professor of English, University of Massachusetts Boston
Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and teaches in the MFA program. He is a commentator on music and the arts for National Public Radio's Fresh Air, Senior Editor of Classical Music for New York Arts, and Contributing Arts Critic for WBUR’s The ARTery. For 35 years he was the Classical Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism... Read More →
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Ravi Shankar

Executive Director, Drunken Boat
Pushcart Prize winning poet Ravi Shankar founded Drunken Boat, co-edited W.W. Norton & Co.’s “Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond,” and has published or forthcoming 10 books and chapbooks of poetry and translation, including the 2005 Connecticut Book Award finalist “Instrumentality” and the 2011 National Poetry Review Prize winner “Deepening Groove.” He has appeared in the New York... Read More →

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Ravi Shankar

Executive Director, Drunken Boat
Pushcart Prize winning poet Ravi Shankar founded Drunken Boat, co-edited W.W. Norton & Co.’s “Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond,” and has published or forthcoming 10 books and chapbooks of poetry and translation, including the 2005 Connecticut Book Award finalist “Instrumentality” and the 2011 National Poetry Review Prize winner “Deepening Groove.” He has appeared in the New York... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
PEM East India Marine Hall

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