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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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Friday, May 1 • 9:40am - 10:40am
Social Justice, Tragedy, and the Poet as Witness: Workshop with Karen Sharpe *Student Track* FULL

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Facebook. Snapchat. Twitter. Instagram. Personal blogs. News blogs. Food blogs. Live streaming. Youtube. Cable. Email. What is the role of the poet in today’s smorgasboard of media and information where the injustices and wrongdoings of humanity are often overshadowed by the endless stream of celebrity and personal news? Can we – and should we -- tune out the distractions and bear witness to our personal and societal aggressions and tragedies for the greater good? This workshop will begin with a discussion on the role of the poet as witness. Sample poems will be shared and discussed and students will write from a selection of related prompts.

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Friday May 1, 2015 9:40am - 10:40am
Hawthorne Pickman Room