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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
Words that Slay the Monsters--How to Write Through Your Fear: Workshop with Krysten Hill *Student Track* FILLING

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Warrior poet Audre Lorde declares, “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” Here, Lorde speaks to how writers can make poetry a tool that pushes through fear in order to create powerful poems that are honest visions of the world. This workshop will explore how to write poems that risk and have the power to make a difference. We will look at examples of poems that tackle difficult subjects, and discuss how writers push through the taboo and create poems with intention and bravery. Students will also have an opportunity to craft and share their own manifestos that break through their fears in order to speak out and make a difference. In this workshop, students will explore how writers have the authority to address complicated settings and feelings in order to craft testaments to our strength and our devotion to honest visions of the world.

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Krysten Hill

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 →

Friday May 1, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Hawthorne Sophia Room