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Saturday, May 2 • 11:00am - 2:00pm
Poetry Carnival

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Come one, come all to a carnival of poets! Sideshow attractions speak their stories, poetry themed games can be won, and each tent offers a new thrill. You, the illustrious audience, can meet the Ringmaster, marvel at the aerialist, and wander as you will through this immersive performance installation. Poets include Krysten Hill, Mariya Deykute, and Sam Cha. Music, surprise, characters, costumes, and poems await you at this once-in-a-lifetime event put together by The Theatre of Words and Music.

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Sam Cha

Sam Cha received his MFA from UMass Boston, where he was the 2011 and 2012 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Amethyst Arsenic, apt, Anderbo, Better, decomP, DIAGRAM, Cleaver, Printer's Devil Review, Memorious, RHINO... Read More →
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Mariya Deykute

co-founder, Boston Poetry & Jazz Salon
I am a Russian-born poet, writer, teacher & performing artist. I have taught courses to the homeless, undergraduates, prison inmates, elementary school kids, high school students & seniors throughout Massachusetts. I've performed my work at the Somerville Center for the Arts, the... Read More →
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Joseph Gould

Joey Gould is a tutor, poet, & deckbuilder who loves creating improv poetry & walking through Audubon sanctuaries. He has helped facilitate four poetry festivals & was only picked up by the police once.
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Krysten Hill

Krysten Hill is an educator, writer,and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at the Boston BookFestival, Merrimack College, The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and manyothers. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currentlyteaches. Her work can be found... Read More →
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Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy is an aerialist, actor, and dancer with a BFA in Theatre performance from Salem State University who performs in the Salem and Boston areas. He has been seen in a number of theatrical productions over the past few years, most notably as Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream... Read More →

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Shari Caplan

Shari Caplan is the author of “Advice from a Siren” (Dancing Girl Press, 2016). Her work appears in Zoetic Press, Drunk Monkeys, and Deluge and is forthcoming from Blue Lyra Review and The Rhylsing Anthology, a publication of Rhylsing Award nominees. A graduate of Lesley University’s... Read More →

Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 2:00pm EDT
Salem Common N Washington Square Salem, MA 01970

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