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Saturday, May 2 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
The Poetry Workshop in Prison: MFA Students Reflect on Teaching at Baystate LIMITED

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Three UMass Boston MFA students each discuss their experience leading a poetry workshop group at Baystate Correctional Facility. The discussion will span from the workshop's first year to its current year and include an insight into the purpose and intent of the program, materials and texts used, and overall responses to the workshop experience. Ally Dowds, the co-founder of the program and librarian at Baystate, will discuss the development and progress of the program over the past three years.

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Ally Dowds

Ally Dowds is currently employed as the head librarian at Bay State Correctional Center, a medium security, all male, state prison. Ally received her Master's in Library Science from Simmons College in 2010 and has worked in the MA Department of Corrections for 4 years. Three years ago, she and Jill McDonough created the Poetry Group at Bay State to foster a healthy, creative outlet for inmates to freely express their opinions, emotions, and... Read More →
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Kate Glavin

MFA Candidate, UMass Boston
Kate Glavin received her M.A. in English Literature from the University of South Dakota in 2010. Since then she has been teaching creative writing, literature, and composition at a variety of institutions, including the prison classroom. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Boston and leads the affiliated Poetry Group at MCI Baystate.
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Alyssa Mazzarella

Adjunct Professor & Tutor, UMass Boston
Alyssa Mazzarella is a poet, adjunct professor, and tutor at UMass Boston, where she graduated in 2015 with an MFA in Creative Writing for poetry. In 2015, she was a semifinalist for a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Writing Fellowship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in apt, The Briar Cliff Review, Common Ground Review, and Freshwater.

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Kate Glavin

MFA Candidate, UMass Boston
Kate Glavin received her M.A. in English Literature from the University of South Dakota in 2010. Since then she has been teaching creative writing, literature, and composition at a variety of institutions, including the prison classroom. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Boston and leads the affiliated Poetry Group at MCI Baystate.

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Amanda Hope

Poet & librarian

Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Hawthorne Essex Room

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