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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.

Speakers
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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, and Toad. He's a poetry editor at Radius and at Off the Coast. He lives and writes in Cambridge, MA.
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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 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, 236 Gallery, the Brookline Booksmith and numerous venues in New England and beyond. | | I currently teach private & group... 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

Poet
Krysten Hill is originally from Kansas City, MO, and currently lives and teaches in Boston, MA. She received a BFA in Creative Writing from Stephens College and MFA in Poetry from UMass Boston. Her poetry has been featured on stage at The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Cantab Lounge, U35 Reading Series, Mr. Hip Presents, Literary Firsts, and The Encyclopedia Show: Somerville among others. She is published in Muzzle, PANK, apt, Amethyst Arsenic... 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" at Marblehead Little Theater and Tiresias in the original work "Ghosts of Troy" at SSU. He can be seen weekly performing aerial acrobatics, dance, and performance... Read More →

Producers
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Shari Caplan

Director, The Theatre of Words & Music
Shari Caplan is a poet and actress who dabbles in play and screenwriting and makes her living by tutoring at Bunker Hill Community College and sorting donations at Boomerangs run by AIDS Action. She is the Director of The Theatre of Words & Music, a bi-monthly event series at The Salem Athenaeum, where she is also the Writing Program Director. Shari is interested in bringing poetry to the masses, breaking molds, and finding new avenues of... Read More →


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

Attendees (40)