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Saturday, May 2 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Unvarnished: Telling the Truth about Aging FULL

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How can we enlarge our experience of aging in a culture that instills fear and self-loathing? Listen to Gail Thomas, Mary Clare Powell, Sally Bellerose, and Terry S. Johnson read their poems about bodies, sex, class, family and dying with humor, grace and authenticity. Grappling with issues of caretaking and caregiving, loss and grief, as well as freedom and joy, these well-crafted poems of substance are delivered by writers who are also engaging readers. Their books and lively readings have found a wide audience across the state. Whether you are "of a certain age" or looking for models of positive, outrageous aging, you will be moved.

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Gail Thomas

Poet & Educator
Gail Thomas has published six books, most recently Trail of Roots and Leaving Paradise. Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies. Among her awards are the Charlotte Mew Prize from Headmistress Press for Odd Mercy, the Narrative Poetry Prize from Naugatuck... Read More →

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Sally Bellerose

In her writing, Sally Bellerose loves to mess with rhythm, rhyme, and awkward emotion. Bellerose writes about class, sex, illness, absurdity, and lately, growing old. Her novel The Girls Club, http://www.bywaterbooks.com/shop/the-girls-club won many awards including an NEA Fellowship... Read More →
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Terry S. Johnson

Terry S. Johnson has explored careers as a newspaper advertising clerk, a library assistant and a professional harpsichordist before serving as a public school teacher for over twenty-five years. She earned her M.F.A. in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and has published... Read More →
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Mary Clare Powell

Dr. Mary Clare Powell is a professor at Lesley University in the Creative Arts in Learning Division where she teaches poetry in this M.Ed. program in integrated arts to teachers across the country. In the last 25 years, she has published books on women and the future; the arts, education... Read More →

Saturday May 2, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Hawthorne Library

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