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Welcome to the schedule of the 2015 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, happening May 1-3 in the beautiful and historic town of Salem! 

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Saturday, May 2 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
What Good Can A Poet Do? Raising Voices Within Our Communities FULL

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Like many developing communities, New Bedford, MA has a rich history, but took an economic downturn. Thankfully, poets raise voices within those that feel they have none. The artists of the community have inspired its renaissance by reshaping the city’s nightlife and offering writing programs for youth. This forum will discuss the different ways poets, regardless of style or age, can contribute to revitalizing a community. Session will include a brief reading and open discussion of different ways to introduce the power of poetry to your own neighborhood.

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Amanda DeGrace

Dream Out Loud Center for the Arts
Amanda is a community educator and grant writer that lives in New Bedford, MA. As a poet, her goal is to promote the humanities within her community through reading, writing and storytelling programs. Before her work in fundraising, Amanda studied at Northeastern University and Harvard Extension School.

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Erik Andrade

Creative Director, La Soul Renaissance
Erik Andrade is a Cape Verdean and Irish American artist living in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Erik is an award winning spoken word poet, ( 2012 SouthCoast Poet of Year, 2014 SouthCoast Emerging Leader Nominee, 2014 Flipside Radio Best Poet Nominee, 2015 3rd Place Lizard Lounge King, 2015 Member of Lizard Lounge at NorthBeast Regional Slam (first place team). Featured on 13 albums including 2015 Cape Verdean Music Award & 2015 Portuguese Music... Read More →
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Iva Brito

Bristol Community College
Iva is a poet and visual and performing artist. She is a spoken word poet having performed at various organizations and locations such as the Cape Verdean American Film Festival (CVAFF) in Washington, DC, Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Boston's Scullers Jazz Club, New Bedford Whaling Museum, and numerous local colleges. Iva presently works as a counselor and instructor at Bristol Community College working. More information can be found on... Read More →

Saturday May 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
PEM Studio 1

Attendees (30)

Waitlist (16)