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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 • 8:30am - 9:30am
Poetry Sampler *Student Track* LIMITED

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For a wide range of voice and style, come to this session to see many poets sharing the stage, each reading one poem. The line-up includes poets from our U35 Reading Series and our SDOP roster.

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Ruth Ballard

A junior from Littleton High School, Ruth Ballard is runner up for the 2015 Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize. She has been writing and performing spoken word for three years through GrubStreet's Young Adult Writer's Program. Ruth was a finalist in the 2013 Louder Than a Bomb Massachusetts poetry slam, a co-coach of GrubStreet's 2014 slam poetry team, and she has been published in Solstice Literary Magazine.
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Noah Burton

Noah Burton was born in Kansas City, Kansas and grew up in Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied philosophy and is currently attending the University of New Hampshire's MFA program and teaching at the university. His poems have appeared in Burningword, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Scapegoat Review, and Kenning Journal, and are forthcoming in Basalt Magazine.
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William Dowd

Will Dowd is a writer currently living and working in Braintree, Massachusetts. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, where he was a national Jacob K. Javits Fellow in poetry. He also received an MS from MIT. His poems have appeared in The Rialto, Barrow Street, 5 AM, Post Road, 32 Poems, Eclipse, and Boston College Magazine. In 2010, he was selected by Paul Muldoon for the Scotti... 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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Heather Hughes

Heather Hughes
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Frances Kimpel

Frances Kimpel is a performance and creative artist currently residing in Waltham, Massachusetts. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, she maintains a marked love the region's characterizing rain, cold seas, and pervasive evergreen. Frances completed her BA at Brandeis University and achieved a Masters in Medieval History at Durham University, UK, before returning to Massachusetts, where she now divides her time between a job at Albright... Read More →
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Hannah Larrabee

Hannah Larrabee has poems in Rock & Sling, Printer's Devil Review, Best Indie Lit in New England, Extract(s), Tidal Basin Review, and others. She recently had a poem featured on the Red Line public transit system in Boston thanks to Mass Poetry! Her chapbook, Virgo, has been out in the world since 2009 thanks to Finishing Line Press. She has Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing thanks to the University of New Hampshire. She teaches college... Read More →
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Matt Parker

Matt Parker has been an avid fan of poetry since his childhood in the 1980's, and used it as a life saver during his tumultuous adolescence of the 1990's. Matt began to share his poetry and encourage others to use it as a coping tool in his career field as a youth development professional from the early 2000's to now. Today, Matt is still learning and teaching poetry to students in schools & community settings, co-facilitating the Boston S.O.U.P... Read More →
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Curtis Perdue

Curtis Perdue is the author of two chapbooks: We're Happy Our Original Dance (Zoo Cake Press, 2014) and You Will Island (H_NGM_N, 2012). He edits the online journal of poetry and art www.interrupture.com, teaches 7th grade English in East Boston, and lives in Swampscott, MA. 
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Amanda Grace Shu

Amanda Grace Shu is a graduating senior at Melrose High who has been writing stories since the age of four--or so her mother claims. She focuses mainly on writing fantasy, science fiction, and, of course, poetry, but will occasionally poke her head out of the clouds and participate in what is known as "real life." She is fascinated by anything linguistic. Read more of her work here.
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Denise Warren

Denise Warren lives, writes, and works in the suburbs of Boston. By day she is a typo vigilante, working as a copy editor at an ad agency. When she was interviewed for the job, she was asked whether she watched the show Mad Men. She said no but they gave her the job anyway. She is a graduate of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she also spent time as assistant managing editor of jubilat... Read More →
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Annie Won

Annie Won is a poet, yoga teacher, and medicinal chemist who resides in Somerville, MA. She is a Kundiman Fellow and a Juniper Writing Institute scholarship recipient. Her chapbook with Brenda Iijima, Once Upon a Building Block, recently published with Horse Less Press (2014) and individual chapbook, so i can sleep, is forthcoming from Nous-Zot Press (2015). Her work has appeared in or is soon to appear in the following venues: New Delta... Read More →

Friday May 1, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Old Town Hall, 2nd floor