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Sunday, May 3 • 10:15am - 11:15am
The Poetry of Loss FULL

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The poet Gregory Orr has said "every encounter with disorder of any sort that results in a poem is a successful encounter in the most basic sense...namely, the poet survived." Loss--expected and unexpected--is universal. Lyric poetry lends itself to expressing the unique emotion, meaning, and impact of loss, as well as its common human and social dimensions. In this group reading, four Massachusetts poets--Myles Gordon, Miriam Greenspan, Becky Kennedy, and Ellen Steinbaum--who have survived profound personal losses including caring for a dying mother, the illness and death of a spouse, sudden death of a child, and the ravages of addiction in the family, will read from their work on a subject that touches all of us. Participate in the power of poetry to sustain both the poet and the audience in facing grievous losses and celebrating life. There will be time for questions and discussion following the readings.

Moderators
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Miriam Greenspan

Miriam Greenspan has been a psychotherapist, public speaker, workshop leader, and writer for the past 40 years--author of A New Approach to Women & Therapy, which helped pioneer the field of feminist therapy; and Healing Through the Dark Emotions: the Wisdom of Grief, Fear, & Despair, a Boston Globe bestseller and winner of the 2004 gold Nautilus Award in psychology. In a previous career, she taught writing and literature at the University of... Read More →

Speakers
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Myles Gordon

Myles Gordon's book, Inside The Splintered Wood (Tebot Bach) was named a "Must read" 2014 by the Massachusetts Center For The Book. He is a past winner of the Grolier Poetry Prize, the Evening Street Press Chapbook Competition, and an honorable mention for the AWP Intro Award. His chapbook, Until It Does Us In, was recently published by Cervena Barva Press. He teaches English in the Boston area.
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Becky Kennedy

Becky Kennedy received her BA in English and her PhD in linguistics from Harvard University; she lives with her family in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. She teaches courses in language structure, language acquisition, literature, and creative writing at Lasell College, where she chairs the Humanities Department.
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Ellen Steinbaum

Poet, Journalist, Blogger
Ellen Steinbaum is the author of three poetry collections, "Afterwords," "Container Gardening," and "Brightness Falls." Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is included in Garrison Keillor’s “Good Poems, American Places” and “The Widows’ Handbook.” An award-winning journalist and former literary columnist for The Boston Globe,  she writes a blog, “Reading and Writing and the Occasional Recipe,” which can... Read More →


Sunday May 3, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Hawthorne Pickman Room

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