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Saturday, May 2 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Poetics of Loss: Writing About Private, Public and Historical Grief FULL

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How do we write—and write well—about grief and loss? Can poetry of personal grief console family, friends or the poet him or herself? Can poetry of communal grief console a community or nation? How can poets contribute to the search for meaning at a time of personal or collective crisis? How should poets respond to the ceremonies of loss? Is it the poet's responsibility to articulate hope and the possibility of redemption in the face of loss?
A panel of poets will discuss the poetics of loss: public, private and historical grief. Anderson, a Vietnam veteran writes about that war and its relevance to the present. Michelson writes about everything from the Holocaust to his father's murder. Espada’s best-known work is the 9/11 poem “Alabanza,” but has recently been writing about the death of his own father. Moderator Freeman is the publisher of Paris Press.

Moderators
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Jan Freeman

Director, Paris Press
Jan Freeman, Poet and Paris Press Director, lives in Ashfield, MAPeople should talk with Jan Freeman about poetry and publishing, creating a press, editing anthologies, and of course -- metaphor, poetry, and trauma.She is the author of Hyena and Simon Says, which was nominated for... Read More →

Speakers
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Martín Espada

Martín Espada has published more than fifteen books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His forthcoming collection of poems is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), and Alabanza (2003... Read More →
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Richard Michelson

Richard Michelson is the author of More Money than God (Pitt Poetry Series, February 2015), Battles and Lullabies (U of Illinois), Tap Dancing for the Relatives (U of Florida), and two fine press collaborations with the artist Leonard Baskin’s Gehenna Press. His many children’s... Read More →

Producers
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Richard Michelson

Richard Michelson is the author of More Money than God (Pitt Poetry Series, February 2015), Battles and Lullabies (U of Illinois), Tap Dancing for the Relatives (U of Florida), and two fine press collaborations with the artist Leonard Baskin’s Gehenna Press. His many children’s... Read More →

Volunteers
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Abigail Warren

Associate Professor, Cambridge College
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Saturday May 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hawthorne Sophia Room

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