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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
People should talk with Jan Freeman about poetry and publishing, creating a press, editing anthologies, and of course -- The Poetics of Loss. | | She is the author of Hyena and Simon Says, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a chapbook, Autumn Sequence. Her chapbook Silence and her newly revised manuscript of poems, Blue Structure have been finalists and semifinalists for several poetry competitions. Her poems... Read More →

Speakers
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Doug Anderson

Doug Anderson's first full-length book of poems, The Moon Reflected Fire, won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and his second book, Blues for Unemployed Secret Police, a grant from the Academy of American Poets. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and other funding organizations. He has taught at Smith and Emerson Colleges, and... Read More →
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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). His honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer... 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 books have been listed among the Ten Best of the Year by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The New Yorker; and among the Best Dozen of the Decade by Amazon.com... 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 books have been listed among the Ten Best of the Year by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The New Yorker; and among the Best Dozen of the Decade by Amazon.com... 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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