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Saturday, May 2 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Real Dirt: poetry of food, garden and farm FULL

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We live in a time of constant movement, interconnectedness,urban excitement, of uprootedness. While there are many benefits to living in the so-called digital age, it is hard not to feel the loss of a psychic life that had a much deeper root system, planted in the local, furnished with shared cultural values. Poetry that grows out of the earth and has a sense of connectedness to "a" piece of ground, to "that" creek, to "the" maple on the knoll, can help to bring together these two worlds.
We will explore the importance of poetry rooted in soil, garden, and farm through discussion illustrated with our own poems and those of others.

Speakers
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Abbot Cutler

member, Slate Roof Press
Abbot Cutler lives at the end of a dirt road in Ashfield, MA with his wife Sarah Holbrook who is a photographer. He has three collections of poems from three different presses. His poems have appeared in a number of magazines including Orion Magazine, Ploughshares, and Blue Sofa Review and in a number of anthologies. He is currently a member of the Franklin County poetry collective, Slate Roof Press, and also a member of the organizing team for... Read More →
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Janet MacFadyen

Slate Roof Press
Janet is author of three works, including In the Provincelands (Slate Roof Press 2012) and A Newfoundland Journal (Killick Press, St. Johns, 2009). Her poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The Southern Poetry Review, Malahat, and most recently in Crannog, White Stag, Terrain, and Sweet. A Pushcart nominee, she has held residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cill Rialaig in Ireland, and at the Fowler & C-Scape dune... Read More →
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Ed Rayher

member, Slate Roof
Ed Rahyer runs Swamp Press, a publisher of limited edition letterpress poetry books. He also designs and prints books for individuals and other presses, and runs the Monotype Hot Metal Letter Foundry. He was the 2011 Poet Laureate of Franklin County. His current chapbook in print is "All We Can Do is Wait," and his full length book of poems: "The Paleontologist's Red Pumps" is coming from Hedgerow Press this year.
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Cindy Snow

member, Slate Roof Press
Cindy Snow’s writing has appeared in the Massachusetts Review, Peace Review, Worcester Review, and elsewhere. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart, and she is the recipient of writing residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Cill Rialaig. Slate Roof Press will publish her first chapbook in 2016. Cindy’s current project is a series of poems on the 17th century German naturalist and botanical artist Maria Sibylla Merian. Cindy works... Read More →

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Abbot Cutler

member, Slate Roof Press
Abbot Cutler lives at the end of a dirt road in Ashfield, MA with his wife Sarah Holbrook who is a photographer. He has three collections of poems from three different presses. His poems have appeared in a number of magazines including Orion Magazine, Ploughshares, and Blue Sofa Review and in a number of anthologies. He is currently a member of the Franklin County poetry collective, Slate Roof Press, and also a member of the organizing team for... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Old Town Hall, 2nd floor

Attendees (30)