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Thursday, April 30
 

8:30pm

Even Though The Whole World Is Burning: W.S. Merwin
Limited Capacity seats available

Introduction by Jonathan Weinert and a post-screening Q&A.

Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin has won almost every major poetry prize that exists, including two Pulitzers. His legacy is based not only upon his writings but also on the singular form of environmental activism and land stewardship he embodies.

Now in his 87th year, Merwin has dedicated over three decades to preserving and regenerating native plants and palms on a 19-acre site on the north shore of Maui, Hawaii. Called the Merwin Conservancy, the preserve holds the most comprehensive private collection of palms in the world, with over 800 species. These tangible actions for the environment go hand-in-hand with his poetry, offering insights for an era marked by environmental degradation and human disconnect with natural processes.

Merwin is a vibrant, humorous and challenging subject, and has not been involved in a feature documentary before. This film is an intimate portrait of a man who is often called a “national treasure.” Running time: 60 minutes. 

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Weinert

Jonathan Weinert

Jonathan Weinert is co-editor, with Kevin Prufer, of Until Everything Is Continuous Again: American Poets on the Recent Work of W.S. Merwin (WordFarm, 2012). He is the author of In the Mode of Disappearance (Nightboat Books, 2008), winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize, and Thirteen Small Apostrophes (Back Pages Publishers, 2013), a chapbook. Jonathan is the recipient of a 2012 artist’s fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council... Read More →


Thursday April 30, 2015 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Cinema Salem Museum Place Mall, 1 E India Square Mall, Salem, MA 01970
 
Friday, May 1
 

8:30am

Get Free, Poet!: Workshop with Anthony Febo *Student Track*
Limited Capacity full

At times, the hardest thing about writing is starting. In this workshop, we will explore different methods of allowing yourself to get free within your own work. Using various writing prompts and theatre exercises, you will be pushed to use all the artistic abilities that you possess.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Febo

Anthony Febo

Anthony Febo is a poet, actor, youth worker, lover and friend. He founded Mill City Slam, the adult slam poetry scene, and M.O.M.S. the Middlesex/UMass Lowell college slam poetry scene in 2010. Along side his fellow partners in rhyme, in 2009 he founded FreeVerse!, a youth organization dedicated to expand the presence of spoken word in the city of Lowell. He is a lover of theatre and art, a strong believer that poetry is something we live... Read More →


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

8:30am

Harlym 1two5 Reading and Q&A *Student Track*
Limited Capacity seats available

Come see Harlym 1two5 perform his poetry! After he performs, you'll have the chance to ask him questions. 

Harlym 1two5 says:
Find the light under the stairs, 
where we boogie til the death of night;
You will find me there,
And then ask me "how does art become vocabulary?" 

Speakers
avatar for Harlym 1two5 (Jamele Adams)

Harlym 1two5 (Jamele Adams)

Harlym 1two5, aka Jamele Adams, is a poetic force to be reckoned with and the Dean of Students at Brandeis University. In his words: "Poetry climbs the limbs of wind soaked dream tops And sherlocked gumdrops missing teeth. Shoot the city And suffocate the criminal. Strangle the miscarriage of peace Give people a reason to love themselves. This is my bio."


Friday May 1, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Salem Five Community Room

8:30am

Poetry Sampler *Student Track*
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Ballard

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.
avatar for Noah Burton

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.
avatar for William Dowd

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 →
avatar for Joseph Gould

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.
avatar for Heather Hughes

Heather Hughes

Heather Hughes
avatar for Frances Kimpel

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 →
avatar for Hannah Larrabee

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 →
avatar for Matt Parker

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 →
avatar for Curtis Perdue

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. 
avatar for Amanda Grace Shu

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.
avatar for Denise Warren

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 →
avatar for Annie Won

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

8:30am

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

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.


Speakers
avatar for Krysten Hill

Krysten Hill

Poet
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

8:30am

Writing From Memory: Workshop with Tara Skurtu *Student Track*
Limited Capacity full

Personal memory is a trust fund of images, stories, and senses. And, in a way, it functions very much like a poem—its logic isn't chronological, it makes connections between seemingly unrelated moments, and it's always in a state of movement. In this workshop, we'll use prompts that allow us to travel into our memories and write unpredictable, spontaneous, and surprising poetry.

Speakers
avatar for Tara Skurtu

Tara Skurtu

Poet, Teacher, Translator, Boston University Prison Education Program
Tara Skurtu, originally from South Florida, is a poet and translator living in Boston. She is the recipient of a 2015-16 Fulbright, a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, and two Academy of American Poets prizes. Tara teaches incarcerated college students through Boston University's Prison Education Program. Her recent poems appear or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Poetry Wales, Poetry Review, Plume, Memorious, Salamander, and Poet Lore. Her... Read More →


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

9:40am

Beast Mode: Be a Beast *Student Track*
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By the time we are done, we would have moved the world a little bit and re-imagined the lines by which poetry is defined. Writing is the spark that ignites flames of thought; thus your poetry leaves a trail of blue flames-the core of any fire. A kaleidoscope of creativity unleashed and unveiled "write" from you. Let us begin.

Speakers
avatar for Harlym 1two5 (Jamele Adams)

Harlym 1two5 (Jamele Adams)

Harlym 1two5, aka Jamele Adams, is a poetic force to be reckoned with and the Dean of Students at Brandeis University. In his words: "Poetry climbs the limbs of wind soaked dream tops And sherlocked gumdrops missing teeth. Shoot the city And suffocate the criminal. Strangle the miscarriage of peace Give people a reason to love themselves. This is my bio."


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

9:40am

Krysten Hill Reading and Q&A *Student Track*
Limited Capacity seats available

Come see poetic powerhouse Krysten Hill share her poetry. After, you'll have time to ask her questions.

She says:

I write poems that explore black female identity through narrative. I like to use the stories, history, and conversations that I find. I take notes from poets like Patricia Smith, Jan Beatty, and Audre Lorde who are invested in the honesty of experience. These writers believe in ending the silence and mistranslation of their experiences and inserting their own honest voices into their narratives. Many poems start from what I am reluctant to talk about at first.

Feel free to ask me about: 

  • What you want to know about developing as an artist
  • How to find the subject matter that works for you
  • The challenges of being an artist
  • Artists who have inspired me and why it is important to find your inspiration
  • The importance of community for an artist
  • The importance of being an observer and student of the world
  • What I’m working on at this moment
 

Speakers
avatar for Krysten Hill

Krysten Hill

Poet
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 9:40am - 10:40am
Salem Five Community Room

9:40am

Reading and Open Mic: Anthony Febo, José Olivarez, Rachel Wiley *Student Track*
Limited Capacity seats available

Come have your socks knocked off by Anthony Febo, José Olivarez, and Rachel Wiley! Then wow the crowd with a poem of your own.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Febo

Anthony Febo

Anthony Febo is a poet, actor, youth worker, lover and friend. He founded Mill City Slam, the adult slam poetry scene, and M.O.M.S. the Middlesex/UMass Lowell college slam poetry scene in 2010. Along side his fellow partners in rhyme, in 2009 he founded FreeVerse!, a youth organization dedicated to expand the presence of spoken word in the city of Lowell. He is a lover of theatre and art, a strong believer that poetry is something we live... Read More →
avatar for José Olivarez

José Olivarez

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. Originally from Calumet City, IL, he lives in the Bronx. He is a graduate of Harvard University, the Poet-Linc Manager for Lincoln Center Education, and he is an editor at Painted Bride Quarterly. He has performed and taught at high schools, universities, and book festivals across the country, and his work has been published or is forthcoming in The BreakBeat Poets, The Acentos Review... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Wiley

Rachel Wiley

Rachel Wiley is known for her honest, witty, and sometimes sassy poetry that touches body image, romance, and feminism. From Columbus, Ohio, she attended the Theatre Studies program at Capital University. She tours colleges and slam venues nationwide. Her work has been featured by the Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, Frigg Magazine, Drunken Boat, and Nailed Magazine. Her first full length poetry collection "Fat Girl Finishing School " was... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 9:40am - 10:40am
Old Town Hall, 2nd floor

9:40am

Social Justice, Tragedy, and the Poet as Witness: Workshop with Karen Sharpe *Student Track*
Limited Capacity full

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.

Speakers

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

9:40am

Tara Skurtu Reading and Q&A *Student Track*
Limited Capacity seats available

Come see Tara Skurtu share her poetry. You'll also have the chance to ask her questions!

A note from Tara:
Every time I sit down to write a poem, I think, what the heck do I know about writing a poem? I never know exactly what I'm doing or where each poem will end up, but there's some part of me that trusts myself to get there. This unknowing part of the writing process, to me, is where the poetry happens. Most of my poems derive from experience, photographs, and memories. Lately, after spending time abroad, I find myself writing about the limits of language, love, and distance. In my reading, you'll hear an assortment of poems from my manuscript, The Amoeba Game. We can discuss anything about the writing process you'd like. Seriously, ask me anything--about writing and revision, poems in response to social justice issues, translation, how traveling changed my poetry, how to get unstuck when you're feeling writer's block. I look forward to reading poems and meeting all of you! 

Speakers
avatar for Tara Skurtu

Tara Skurtu

Poet, Teacher, Translator, Boston University Prison Education Program
Tara Skurtu, originally from South Florida, is a poet and translator living in Boston. She is the recipient of a 2015-16 Fulbright, a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, and two Academy of American Poets prizes. Tara teaches incarcerated college students through Boston University's Prison Education Program. Her recent poems appear or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Poetry Wales, Poetry Review, Plume, Memorious, Salamander, and Poet Lore. Her... Read More →


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

10:50am

Cartoons Have Feelings, Too: Workshop with José Olivarez *Student Track*
Limited Capacity full

Sometimes the best way to write about ourselves is to put on a mask. It might be hard to talk about how we experience love, but thinking about how a turtle experiences love might be easier. What does a flamingo have to say about gender roles? What does Bugs Bunny think about Hip Hop? In this workshop we will read persona poems from the perspective of a lobster, a mosquito, and the Road-Runner. Persona poems are poems written in the voice of someone or something else. We will write our own persona poems to play with the voice of someone else and learn more about ourselves in the process.

Speakers
avatar for José Olivarez

José Olivarez

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. Originally from Calumet City, IL, he lives in the Bronx. He is a graduate of Harvard University, the Poet-Linc Manager for Lincoln Center Education, and he is an editor at Painted Bride Quarterly. He has performed and taught at high schools, universities, and book festivals across the country, and his work has been published or is forthcoming in The BreakBeat Poets, The Acentos Review... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 10:50am - 11:50am
Hawthorne Essex Room

10:50am

Freewriting Fun Time: Workshop with Jill McDonough *Student Track*
Limited Capacity full

Freewriting is an old trick: set a timer, write whatever comes into your head, and sift through it for gold. This workshop will be built around freewriting—excavations of your subconscious and conscious thoughts—to spark and develop detailed assignments for longer, more polished work. We will work together to construct these assignments, to help you get at what you want to write, your style, your voice, and the form that best expresses those. Individualized assignments will help you combine and expand your freewrites into poems you can be proud of.

Speakers
avatar for Jill McDonough

Jill McDonough

Lannan Fellowship and three-time Pushcart prize winner, Jill McDonough’s books of poems include Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), and Where You Live (Salt, 2012). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford’s Stegner program, she taught incarcerated college students through Boston University’s... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 10:50am - 11:50am
Hawthorne Pickman Room

10:50am

Lloyd Schwartz's Master Class in Reading Your Own Work Aloud *Student Track*
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In the literary world today, writers often reach a wider audience through readings than through publication. Yet most writers are not trained to read their works aloud. Even well-known writers may read with too little—or too much—expression. In this master class/workshop, participants discuss what makes a good reading and explore the wide range of successful reading styles. Participants present a poem for feedback from the group, under the guidance of the instructor, and then work toward a livelier, more effective presentation, which often includes a deeper understanding of the work being read.

Speakers
avatar for Lloyd Schwartz

Lloyd Schwartz

Frederick S. Troy Professor of English, University of Massachusetts Boston
Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and teaches in the MFA program. He is a commentator on music and the arts for National Public Radio's Fresh Air, Senior Editor of Classical Music for New York Arts, and Contributing Arts Critic for WBUR’s The ARTery. For 35 years he was the Classical Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 10:50am - 11:50am
Salem Five Community Room

10:50am

Rachel Wiley Reading and Q&A *Student Track*
Limited Capacity seats available

Come see Rachel Wiley share her powerful poetry. Then you'll be able to ask her questions. 

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Wiley

Rachel Wiley

Rachel Wiley is known for her honest, witty, and sometimes sassy poetry that touches body image, romance, and feminism. From Columbus, Ohio, she attended the Theatre Studies program at Capital University. She tours colleges and slam venues nationwide. Her work has been featured by the Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, Frigg Magazine, Drunken Boat, and Nailed Magazine. Her first full length poetry collection "Fat Girl Finishing School " was... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 10:50am - 11:50am
Hawthorne Sophia Room

10:50am

Reading and Open Mic: Harlym 1two5, Krysten Hill, Tara Skurtu *Student Track*
Limited Capacity filling up

Harlym 1two5, Krysten Hill, and Tara Skurtu will blow your mind in this group reading. Then you'll have the opportunity to share one of your poems in the open mic!

Speakers
avatar for Harlym 1two5 (Jamele Adams)

Harlym 1two5 (Jamele Adams)

Harlym 1two5, aka Jamele Adams, is a poetic force to be reckoned with and the Dean of Students at Brandeis University. In his words: "Poetry climbs the limbs of wind soaked dream tops And sherlocked gumdrops missing teeth. Shoot the city And suffocate the criminal. Strangle the miscarriage of peace Give people a reason to love themselves. This is my bio."
avatar for Krysten Hill

Krysten Hill

Poet
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 →
avatar for Tara Skurtu

Tara Skurtu

Poet, Teacher, Translator, Boston University Prison Education Program
Tara Skurtu, originally from South Florida, is a poet and translator living in Boston. She is the recipient of a 2015-16 Fulbright, a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, and two Academy of American Poets prizes. Tara teaches incarcerated college students through Boston University's Prison Education Program. Her recent poems appear or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Poetry Wales, Poetry Review, Plume, Memorious, Salamander, and Poet Lore. Her... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 10:50am - 11:50am
Old Town Hall, 2nd floor

12:00pm

José Olivarez Reading and Q&A *Student Track*
Limited Capacity seats available

Come see José Olivarez read his poetry! You'll also have time to ask him questions. 

José says:
Ask me about Hip Hop and how it affects my writing. Ask me about why I like writing love poems. Ask me about basketball, my favorite rappers, and the hardest part of writing poetry. Ask me about joy. Ask me about sadness. Ask me about poetry slam. Ask me about writing books. Ask me anything! 

Speakers
avatar for José Olivarez

José Olivarez

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. Originally from Calumet City, IL, he lives in the Bronx. He is a graduate of Harvard University, the Poet-Linc Manager for Lincoln Center Education, and he is an editor at Painted Bride Quarterly. He has performed and taught at high schools, universities, and book festivals across the country, and his work has been published or is forthcoming in The BreakBeat Poets, The Acentos Review... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Salem Five Community Room

12:00pm

Reading: Jill McDonough, Lloyd Schwartz & Their UMass Boston MFA Students *Student Track*
Limited Capacity seats available

Jill McDonough and Lloyd Schwartz will read with a handful of students from the MFA program at Umass Boston, where they both teach.

Speakers
LF

Lewis Feuer

Lewis Feuer is a MFA candidate at UMass Boston. His essay [Listening] was recently published by Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room as part of their Catalyst series. His work has also appeared in or is forthcoming from NO INFINITE a Journal of Art, Poetry & Protest. He teachings Creative Writing at UMB, and serves on the organizing committee for the Graduate Employee Organization UAW Local 1596.
JJ

Joshua Jones

Joshua Jones, originally from the Shenandoah Valley, is a candidate for the MFA in creative writing at UMass Boston. He has poems published in or forthcoming from Fourteen Hills, Coldnoon: Travel Poetics, and The Mayo Review. He lives in Dorchester with his wonderfully nerdy wife Lesleigh and their miniature dachshund Guinivere.
avatar for Jill McDonough

Jill McDonough

Lannan Fellowship and three-time Pushcart prize winner, Jill McDonough’s books of poems include Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), and Where You Live (Salt, 2012). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford’s Stegner program, she taught incarcerated college students through Boston University’s... Read More →
avatar for Lloyd Schwartz

Lloyd Schwartz

Frederick S. Troy Professor of English, University of Massachusetts Boston
Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and teaches in the MFA program. He is a commentator on music and the arts for National Public Radio's Fresh Air, Senior Editor of Classical Music for New York Arts, and Contributing Arts Critic for WBUR’s The ARTery. For 35 years he was the Classical Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism... Read More →
avatar for Lori Zimmermann

Lori Zimmermann

Lori Zimmermann is an MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Boston. She writes poems about apocalypses and the telegraph. She is also the Tumblr Editor for small publisher/guerrilla art project Broadsided Press. When she is not clacking away at her typewriter or laptop, she enjoys spinsterly hobbies like knitting and talking about her cat. Publication credits include poems in Broad!, Window Cat Press, and Paragraph magazine.


Friday May 1, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Old Town Hall, 2nd floor

12:00pm

Silly Image, Serious Thought: A Comedy Club in the Poetic Temple: A Workshop with Noah Burton *Student Track*
Limited Capacity full

Sometimes sitting on a rock in silence doesn't bring enlightenment—but throwing a mud pie does. Go figure! In this workshop you'll see how being silly and playful with images can lead you to deeply personal and universal discoveries that, in turn, complete a poem. With a clown car as your transport, who knows, maybe you'll see the universe or travel the highways of your conciousness? And maybe we'll join you too.

Speakers
avatar for Noah Burton

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.


Friday May 1, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hawthorne Pickman Room

12:00pm

Write it Beautiful: Workshop with Rachel Wiley *Student Track*
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In this workshop, we will consider and cultivate the language we use to write a love letter to something long lost.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Wiley

Rachel Wiley

Rachel Wiley is known for her honest, witty, and sometimes sassy poetry that touches body image, romance, and feminism. From Columbus, Ohio, she attended the Theatre Studies program at Capital University. She tours colleges and slam venues nationwide. Her work has been featured by the Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, Frigg Magazine, Drunken Boat, and Nailed Magazine. Her first full length poetry collection "Fat Girl Finishing School " was... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hawthorne Essex Room

1:15pm

Teaching as Witness and Transmission: How Poetry Can Be Taught
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Much has been debated about whether poetry can be taught. The proliferation of MFA programs is seen as an attempt to further commodify an art that in today’s world holds little monetary value. But poetry is a practice, not a commodity; and teaching is the cultivation of a generous relationship involving the age-old passing of artistic lineage through direct witness and transmission. This event brings together one such lineage, beginning contemporarily with Olga Broumas (Beginning with O, Pastoral Jazz), continuing through her student of 32 years Melanie Braverman (East Justice, Red), and down through students of both. The discussion will be brief; more time will be given to readings from teachers and students as demonstration of the way in which teaching may be received, transformed and interpreted, and passed along.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Braverman

Melanie Braverman

Ask Melanie Braverman anything. She is currently, or has been: writer, artist, artist's assistant, student, teacher, parent, administrator, spouse, keeper of chickens. What she don't know she'll make up.

Volunteers

Friday May 1, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Salem Five Community Room

1:15pm

Poetry of Place: Mapping our Migrations
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This panel explores how a sense of place can illuminate and inspire poetry. The poets in this session have crossed many boundaries: national, spiritual, and emotional. Some of the poems evoke a sense of exile while others describe the loss of place to environmental degradation. The poet is a soul cartographer, mapping terrain: both real and imagined. The poets in the panel have journeyed through many lands, including: Jordan, Israel, Brazil, Puerto Rico, India, Spain, and Greece. Their poems reflect these journeys and migrations.

Moderators
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Deborah Leipziger

Lecturer, Bard
Deborah Leipziger is an author, poet, and professor. Her chapbook, Flower Map, was published by Finishing Line Press (2013). In 2014, her poem “Written on Skin” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the co-founder of Soul-Lit, an on-line poetry magazine. http://soul-lit.com. Her poems have been featured in Salamander, Ibbetson Street, and the Muddy River Poetry Review, among other publications. Born in Brazil, Ms. Leipziger is the author... Read More →

Speakers
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Ray Fahrner

Director, Office of Performing Arts, Colleges of the Fenway
Ray Fahrner is an award-winning composer, conductor, database designer, writer and arts administrator, living in Cambridge, MA. His eclectic compositions include Colleges of Funk, for jazz band; CIRCLE: A Circus for Mime and Orchestra; and ten works for chamber chorus. As a choral conductor, he has directed the Cambridge Chamber Singers for 27 years, and is renowned for his innovative programming. He is the founding Director, Office of Performing... Read More →
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Leah Harmon

Leah Meryl Harmon was born in Boston Massachusetts. She attended Berklee Collage of Music, and The University of Massachusetts Boston, earning her BA with a concentration in poetry and a minor in art history. She currently lives in the Boston area where she has taught poetry and essay workshops to high school students. She has written two self published chapbooks, Portraits, and In The Wells, poems from which have appeared in Belleville Park... Read More →
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Janice Silverman Rebibo

Poet / Editor / Translator
Janice Silverman Rebibo’s poetry has been widely published and reviewed since she was first launched into print by esteemed Israeli poet, Chaim Gouri. Her English language poetry has been called “fresh and compelling”, having “an intriguing sense of humor”, and showing “just how globally oriented the world has become”. About her most recent chapbook, How Many Edens, reviewer Amos Lassen wrote, “It does not happen often that I read... Read More →
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Bill Yarrow

Professor of English, Joliet Junior College
Bill Yarrow is the author of Blasphemer (Lit Fest Press 2015) and Pointed Sentences (BlazeVOX 2012). His poems have appeared in many print and online magazines including Poetry International, DIAGRAM, FRiGG, Van Gogh's Ear, Thrush Poetry Journal, Gargoyle, RHINO, and PANK. He is as Professor of English at Joliet Junior College where he teaches creative writing, Shakespeare, and film.


Friday May 1, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Old Town Hall, 1st floor

1:15pm

Because, the Internet: A Workshop in Digital Age Poetics
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What role does poetry play in a world plagued with techno-babble? Bring your smartphones, laptops, and tablets for an interactive workshop exploring the ways in which the Internet and social media inform our poetic sensibilities. Led by the editors of Window Cat Press, a Boston-based online literary journal inspired by memes, we’ll examine established forms of modern text and multimedia that incorporate the Internet, such as flarf, Google poems, and hyperlink poetry, then explore ways to create our own pieces through gif set ekphrasis and other exercises. Come celebrate the ways our lives intertwine via the Internet, and bring the fun back to creative expression.

Speakers
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Kim Dela Cruz

Editor, Window Cat Press
Kim Dela Cruz is a pun-loving Boston-area poet and freelance editor, whose most recent poems can be found in places like Broad! and Every Day Poets. She's co-editor of Window Cat Press, an online lit & art zine for emerging content creators. Her current project is a collection of pieces that examines the transformative nature of intimacy, among other things.
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Elana Friedland

Editor, Window Cat Press
Elana Friedland is a Boston-based poet, musician, and theatre-maker. Originally from the Midwest, she is co-founder and co-editor of Window Cat Press, an online magazine for emerging artists. Her writing can be found in Broad! and the Jewish Journal.
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Emily Jaeger

Poet, Editor, Window Cat Press
Emily Jaeger is an MFA candidate at UMASS Boston and co-editor/co-founder of Window Cat Press. A Literary Lambda and TENT fellow, her poetry has appeared in Four Way Review, Soundings East, and Rust + Moth among others. Her chapbook The Evolution of Parasites is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press (July 2016).

Producers
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Kim Dela Cruz

Editor, Window Cat Press
Kim Dela Cruz is a pun-loving Boston-area poet and freelance editor, whose most recent poems can be found in places like Broad! and Every Day Poets. She's co-editor of Window Cat Press, an online lit & art zine for emerging content creators. Her current project is a collection of pieces that examines the transformative nature of intimacy, among other things.


Friday May 1, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Hawthorne Pickman Room

1:15pm

When Imitations Work (and When They Don’t): Five Writing Ideas
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We’ll look at five on-the-spot writing assignments based on poems by Osip Mandelstam, Gottfried Benn, Mary Szybist, Michael Dickman, and Jane Hirshfield. Participants will pick one assignment to try on the spot. We’ll want to discover how this method of imitating the structure (not necessarily the content) of poems works for us, and when it doesn’t. How can the reader (and, indeed, the poet) know the difference? This method of imitation (like learning a new dance step) can produce many surprises. But on the other hand, when might it progress beyond mere experimentation?

Speakers
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Alan Feldman

Alan Feldman’s first book, The Happy Genius (SUN, 1978) won the Elliston Book Award for the best poetry collection by a small, independent press in the United States. He’s since published ten chapbooks, a critical study of Frank O’Hara, and more two prize-winning books, A Sail to Great Island (2004) and Immortality (2015), with the University of Wisconsin Press. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Hawthorne Essex Room

2:30pm

Mediterranean Voices: Ancient Echoes Modern Lives
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Five women poets from diverse backgrounds explore the insistence and echoes of the ancient through revisionary myth making or through the acknowledgement of Old-World paths and visions in their very modern lives and work. Mediterranean echoes emerge in both the content and forms in the work they present and each poet explores its influence in unique ways: Greek myths unravel and are revised to tell our contemporary stories, deep memories in Italian or Greek American backgrounds surface, ancient landscapes become familiar dreamscapes in the poets' current lives.

Speakers
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Ellen Goldstein

Ellen Goldstein was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her work has appeared in journals such as The Common, Measure, StorySouth, Solstice, Muddy River Review, and Post Road, as well as in the anthologies Queer South (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014, Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry(Bloomsbury, 2013), Letters to the World (Red Hen Press, 2008), and Not Quite What I Was Planning (HarperCollins, 2006). She lives in... Read More →
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Julia Lisella

Assoc. Prof., Regis College
Julia Lisella's books include a chapbook, Love Song Hiroshima (Finishing Line Press), and two full length collections, Always & Terrain, both from WordTech Editions. Her poems can be found in journals and anthologies, print and online--Alaska Quarterly Review, Salamander, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Literary Mama, Voices in Italian Americana, and others. She is originally from Queens, New York and received a Masters in Creative... Read More →
avatar for Rosemary Starace

Rosemary Starace

Rosemary Starace is a writer and visual artist living in Pittsfield, MA, USA. Her poems have appeared in Orion, Blueline, Yew, Studio, Lake, and other journals and books. She is author of the poetry collection, Requitements (Elephant Tree House), and co-editor, with Moira Richards and Lesley Wheeler, of Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-po Listserv (Red Hen Press). Starace’s work in both genres can be seen at her website... Read More →
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Theodora Stratis

Theodora Stratis writes about everyday life, often against the background of her Greek heritage. She is interested in the dual sense of belonging to and isolation from community and family, and explores the theme of zenitia, or otherness. She has participated in local readings including the Poetry of Place panel in the 2014 Mass Poetry Festival.
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Cammy Thomas

Cammy Thomas' first book, Cathedral of Wish, won the 2006 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her second book, Inscriptions, is just out. Both were published by Four Way Books. She lives in Lexington, MA, and teaches literature and creative writing at Concord Academy.

Producers
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Julia Lisella

Assoc. Prof., Regis College
Julia Lisella's books include a chapbook, Love Song Hiroshima (Finishing Line Press), and two full length collections, Always & Terrain, both from WordTech Editions. Her poems can be found in journals and anthologies, print and online--Alaska Quarterly Review, Salamander, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Literary Mama, Voices in Italian Americana, and others. She is originally from Queens, New York and received a Masters in Creative... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Old Town Hall, 1st floor

2:30pm

Passing Through a Phase: Revelations of Age
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Aging brings about a reshuffling of perspective and priorities regarding the self and others. It raises questions not just about the physical process of getting older, but also about the world without us: how do we address the future? How do we think about legacies, about mortality and what we will leave behind? As Stanley Kunitz writes, “Maybe/ it’s time for me to practice/ growing old. The way I look/ at it, I’m passing through a phase:/ gradually I’m changing to a word.” What does the world look like from old age? This reading features three accomplished poets who offer their own distinct revelations.

Speakers
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Alan Feldman

Alan Feldman’s first book, The Happy Genius (SUN, 1978) won the Elliston Book Award for the best poetry collection by a small, independent press in the United States. He’s since published ten chapbooks, a critical study of Frank O’Hara, and more two prize-winning books, A Sail to Great Island (2004) and Immortality (2015), with the University of Wisconsin Press. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry... Read More →
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Claire Keyes

Claire Keyes has published reviews and poems in The Women's Review of Books, The Georgia Review, Calyx and Rattle, among others. On-line, you can find her work at Tattoohighway.org,Poemeleon.org, and poetrymagazine.org. She recently won the Robert Penn Warren Award (First Prize) from New England Writers. Her poetry collections include The Question of Rapture and What Diamonds Can Do. She lives in... Read More →
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James R. Scrimgeour

Dr. James R. Scrimgeour is a Professor Emeritus at Western Connecticut State University who has been writing a poem per week since 1993. He has published nine books of poetry and over 200 poems in anthologies and periodicals and has given over 150 public readings of his work. He has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes, has participated in NEH poetry seminars at NYU and Princeton, has served as Editor of Connecticut Review, and is one of... Read More →

Producers
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J.D. Scrimgeour

J.D. Scrimgeour runs the Creative Writing Program at Salem State. He is interested in integrating poetry with other art forms, such as music, theater, and dance. He writes nonfiction as well, and recently wrote a musical.


Friday May 1, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Hawthorne Pickman Room

2:30pm

The Poetry of Home
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This program will involve the reading of poems focusing on the subject of "home" with its many possibilities ranging from the domestic pleasures of "home sweet home," to the more complex, sometimes dark, associations of homes not so sweet. It will include some discussion of the special challenges of writing about he subject of home. As Frost said, "Home is the place, when you go there,/They have to take you in." What else might a poetic home be?

Moderators
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Ann Taylor

Professor of English, Salem State University
Ann Taylor is a Professor of English at Salem State University. She has published textbooks on writing, a collection of personal essays on birdwatching,Watching Birds, and poems in a variety of places. Her first book of poetry, The River Within, won first prize at Ravenna Press' Cathlamet Poetry Competition. Her recent collection, Bound Each to Each, appeared in 2013. She continues to work on a collection of poems focusing on the... Read More →

Speakers
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Francis Blessington

Francis Blessington is a poet, novelist, translator, critic, and professor of English at Northeastern University. He has published two books of poems, Wolf Howl and Lantskip; Paradise Lost: Ideal and Tragic Epic, Paradise Lost and the Classical Epic, and a novel, The Last Witch of Dogtown. His latest book isEuripides: Hecuba, Helen, and Trojan Women: Three Plays about Women and the Trojan War (verse translations). His Trojan Women won the... Read More →
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Susan Donnelly

Susan Donnelly is the author of three poetry collections, the most recent Capture the Flag. Published in Poetry, The New Yorker, Prairie Schooner, The Atlantic Monthly and elsewhere, including two poems currently in Irish journals, she had a poem featured in December in Nicholas Kristof's column on poems about race in The New York Times. A teacher of poetry for over 20 years, Susan conducts classes and gives individual consultations from her home... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Hawthorne Essex Room

2:30pm

Richard Hoffman and Marge Piercy Friday Afternoon Opening Headline Event
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Not to be missed! Catch headline poets Richard Hoffman and Marge Piercy.

Speakers
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Richard Hoffman

Richard Hoffman is author of the Half the House: a Memoir, and the poetry collections,Without Paradise, Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the 2008 Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club, and Emblem. A fiction writer as well, his Interference & Other Storieswas published in 2009. His new memoir, Love & Fury, is just out from Beacon Press. He is Senior Writer in... Read More →
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Marge Piercy

Marge Piercy is the author of 17 novels including The New York Times Bestseller Gone To Soldiers; the National Bestsellers Braided Lives and The Longings of Women, and the classic Woman on the Edge of Time; 19 volumes of poetry including her most recent Made in Detroit (Knopf) released 3/31, The Hunger Moon and The Moon is Always Female, and a critically acclaimed memoir Sleeping with Cats... Read More →

Producers
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Mass Poetry

Mass Poetry
Mass Poetry supports poets and poetry in Massachusetts. We help to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bring poetry to readers of all ages and transform people’s lives through inspiring verse. We are a tax exempt, non-profit organization. Programs and events include: The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Poetry on the T, Common Threads, Student Day of Poetry, U35 Reading Series, and Educator Professional Development.

Volunteers

Friday May 1, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Salem Five Community Room

3:30pm

Poetry Meet-up at Howling Wolf
Get your mingle on at Howling Wolf! Rub elbows and wax poetic with poets and festival organizers, including Executive Director January O’Neil, Program Director Laurin Macios, and Co-founder Michael Ansara, among others. 

Speakers
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Michael Ansara

Co-founder, Mass Poetry
After 25 years as an activist and organizer, Michael has founded and led three successful businesses. He serves on the boards of Mass Poetry, Echo Ditto, and Tupelo Press. He has 3 children and 4 grandchildren and lives with his wife Barney Arnold in Carlisle, MA.
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Laurin Macios

Program Director, Mass Poetry
Laurin Macios was born in Miami, Florida and raised just short of everywhere (Florida, Germany, North Carolina, Colorado, and Holland). She has her MFA in Creative Writing Poetry from the University of New Hampshire and is Program Director of Mass Poetry. She previously worked in publishing (Springer, Apress, & Pearson) and taught writing courses at UNH. She lives in Boston with six plants and one wicked awesome husband. Her... Read More →
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January O'Neil

Executive Director, Massachusetts Poetry Festival
January Gill O’Neil is the author of Misery Islands (2014) and Underlife (2009), both published by CavanKerry Press. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, an assistant professor of English at Salem State University, and a board of trustees member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).


Friday May 1, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Howling Wolf Taqueria 76 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 01970

3:45pm

After Great Pain: The Poetics of Recovery
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How does a poet attempt to understand, and then write about, those events which have caused pain? Does writing the poem imply a kind of recuperation? There are many kinds of pain, from personal to political, from physical to spiritual. How do we engage with these elements in our work? What is the relation, if any, between aesthetics and recovery? The poets on this panel will read from their works, and then speak from different perspectives about this relation.

Speakers
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Martha Collins

FIELD magazine; Oberlin College Press
Martha Collins’s eighth book of poems, Admit One: An American Scrapbook will be published by Pittsburgh in early 2016. Her earlier books include Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012) and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006). She has also published four collections of co-translated Vietnamese poetry—most recently Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap (Milkweed, 2013, with the author). She founded the creative writing program at... Read More →
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Joan Houlihan

Founder & Director, Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference
Joan Houlihan is the author of four collections of poems, most recently Ay (2014) from Tupelo Press. Her other books are Hand-Held Executions: Poems & Essays (2003), The Mending Worm (2006), winner of the Green Rose Award from New Issues Press, and The Us (2009, Tupelo Press), named a must-read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. She has published in many journals, including Poetry, Boston Review, Harvard Review and Gulf Coast, and has... Read More →
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Kathy Nilsson

Kathy Nilsson earned a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her book The Infant Scholar was published by Tupelo Press in January 2015 and won Honorable Mention, Berkshire Prize for a first or second book chosen by Tupelo Press Editors. Her chapbook The Abattoir was published by Finishing Line Press in 2008, and in 2011 she received the Poetry Society of America’s Robert H. Winner Award. She lives in... Read More →
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Cammy Thomas

Cammy Thomas' first book, Cathedral of Wish, won the 2006 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her second book, Inscriptions, is just out. Both were published by Four Way Books. She lives in Lexington, MA, and teaches literature and creative writing at Concord Academy.
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Daniel Tobin

Professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson college
Daniel Tobin is the author of six books of poems, Where the World is Made, Double Life, The Narrows, Second Things, Belated Heavens (winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry), and The Net (2014). His seventh book of poems, From Nothing, is forthcoming in 2016. He is the author of the critical studies Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney and Awake in America, and the editor of The Book of Irish... Read More →

Producers
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Cammy Thomas

Cammy Thomas' first book, Cathedral of Wish, won the 2006 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her second book, Inscriptions, is just out. Both were published by Four Way Books. She lives in Lexington, MA, and teaches literature and creative writing at Concord Academy.


Friday May 1, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Hawthorne Essex Room

7:30pm

Denise Duhamel, Nick Flynn, and Adrian Matejka
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This is a reading you won’t want to miss. Join us for an extraordinary night of poetry with Denise Duhamel, Nick Flynn, and Adrian Matejka. 

Speakers
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Denise Duhamel

Denise Duhamel’s most recent book of poetry Blowout (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of a 2014 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her other books include Ka-Ching! (Pittsburgh, 2009), Two and Two (Pittsburgh, 2005),Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (Pittsburgh, 2001), The Star-Spangled Banner (winner of the Crab Orchard Award... Read More →
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Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn’s “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City” (Norton, 2004), won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir, and has been translated into ten languages. He is also the author of two book of poetry, “Some Ether” (Graywolf, 2000), which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and “Blind Huber" (Graywolf, 2002). He has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Library of Congress, The Amy Lowell Trust, and... Read More →
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Adrian Matejka

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in California and Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His first collection of poems,The Devil’s Garden, won the 2002 New York / New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was published by Penguin Books in... Read More →

Producers
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Mass Poetry

Mass Poetry
Mass Poetry supports poets and poetry in Massachusetts. We help to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bring poetry to readers of all ages and transform people’s lives through inspiring verse. We are a tax exempt, non-profit organization. Programs and events include: The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Poetry on the T, Common Threads, Student Day of Poetry, U35 Reading Series, and Educator Professional Development.


Friday May 1, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
PEM Atrium
 
Saturday, May 2
 

9:30am

Four Way Books Authors Reading
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Four Way Books seeks to please and expand poetry’s audience and to nurture the gifts of adult writers, spanning a wide range of geographic, cultural, and economic backgrounds.

Poets Andrea Cohen, Cynthia Cruz, Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Gregory Pardlo present excerpts from their published and unpublished works.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Cohen

Andrea Cohen

Andrea Cohen's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. Her books include Furs Not Mine (Four Way Books 2015), Kentucky Derby, Long Division, and The Cartographer's Vacation. She directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, MA and the Writers House at Merrimack College.
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Cynthia Cruz

Cynthia Cruz's first collection of poems, Ruin, was published by Alice James Books and her second collection, The Glimmering Room, was published by Four Way Books in 2012.Wunderkammer, her third collection, was published by Four Way Books in 2014. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony as well as a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. Her poems have been published in The American Poetry Review, Boston Review... Read More →
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Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and photographer. She received the MA in English Literature from the University of Delaware and the MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the recipient of fellowships including Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, New York State Summer Writers Institute, Soul Mountain, The Millay Residency, and others. In 2011, Griffiths appeared in the first... Read More →
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Gregory Pardlo

Teaching Fellow, Columbia University
Gregory Pardlo's ​collection​ Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Digest​ was al​so shortlisted for the​ 2015 NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors​ include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem received the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. Pardlo's poems appear in​ The... Read More →

Producers
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Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and photographer. She received the MA in English Literature from the University of Delaware and the MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the recipient of fellowships including Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, New York State Summer Writers Institute, Soul Mountain, The Millay Residency, and others. In 2011, Griffiths appeared in the first... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Universalist Church

9:30am

Unvarnished: Telling the Truth about Aging
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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.

Moderators
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Gail Thomas

Poet & Educator
Gail Thomas has published three books of poetry, Waving Back (Turning Point), No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley (Haley’s), and Finding the Bear (Perugia). Her poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including The Beloit Poetry Journal, Calyx, Hanging Loose, The Evergreen Chronicles, North American Review, The Chiron Review, Cider Press Review, and The Naugatuck River Review. She is the recipient of... Read More →

Speakers
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Sally Bellerose

Sally Bellerose’s poetry is featured in Lady Business, Sibling Rivalry. Her novel The Girls Club, Bywater Books, won many awards including an NEA Fellowship. Her current project Fishwives features old women behaving badly. Excerpts won first place in the 2012 and 2014 Saints and Sinners contest (and she got to give featured reading and misbehave in New Orleans), excerpts appeared in BLOOM Literary Magazine and an the Catholic literary journal... 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 in many anthologies and journals. Her first book entitled Coalescence was published in 2014 by WordTech Communications and won an honorable mention award in the... 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, and social change; and five books of poetry--Things Owls Ate, Academic Scat, In the Living Room, and the latest Box of Water, whichgrew out of swimming every... Read More →


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

9:30am

Edna St. Vincent Millay's Massachusetts Poetry
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Edna St. Vincent Millay spent formative years in coastal Massachusetts and her connection to the unique lifestyle of the region influenced her life and her work. As an adult, developing a true social conscience she turned to the political structure of the state, went to jail in Boston for her beliefs and wrote some of her finest pieces to awaken the American audience to the world's darkest affairs. As a Berkshire poet (though living on the western slope of the Taconic range) she sought to influence Massachusetts politics with her words.

Speakers
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J. Peter Bergman

Director of Communications, The Berkshire Historical Society at Herman Melville's Arrowhead
 J. Peter Bergman was the Executive Director of the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop From 2007 through 2013 where he created all programs, exhibits, publications and the actual historic house museum in Austerlitz, NY. A published playwright (Maids in the Mills), novelist (Small Ironies) and poet, he currently works in the home of one America's great authors, Herman Melville - Arrowhead in Pittsfield, MA - where Melville wrote... Read More →

Volunteers
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Amanda Hope

Poet & librarian

Saturday May 2, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hawthorne Essex Room

9:30am

The Poetry of Work
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Finding a balance between working life and writing life can be a challenge, especially for writers whose day jobs don't necessarily align with their passions. In the midst of that struggle, it may be easy to forget poetry's role as a powerful conduit for human experience--even when that experience may feel like something to 'get through' before starting in on the real work. In this workshop, we'll look at poems centered on working and the workplace, and try out some writing exercises designed to bring together these often disparate aspects of a writer's life.

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Cleveland

Maggie Cleveland

Curriculum Development & Credentialing Manager, National Elevator Industry Educational Program
Maggie Cleveland hails from the seacoast town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, and develops training and certifications for Union Elevator Mechanics through the National Elevator Industry Educational Program. Her poems have been published in journals including The Offending Adam, qarrtsiluni, Fell Swoop, Newport Review, Cape Cod Poetry Review, Elephant, Flying Fish, BURP, Out of Our, and Amerarcana; as well as the anthologies OCEAN VOICES (Spinner... Read More →
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Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg is a poet, visual artist and licensed electrician, who plays with scale and juxtaposition to investigate issues of power and social policy. A Resident Artist/Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center, she is author of the poetry collections Perpetual Care (forthcoming 2015), Blind Spot, and Pioneering, and the nonfiction NYT Notable book, We’ll Call You If We Need You. On Equal Terms, her touring... Read More →

Producers
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Maggie Cleveland

Curriculum Development & Credentialing Manager, National Elevator Industry Educational Program
Maggie Cleveland hails from the seacoast town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, and develops training and certifications for Union Elevator Mechanics through the National Elevator Industry Educational Program. Her poems have been published in journals including The Offending Adam, qarrtsiluni, Fell Swoop, Newport Review, Cape Cod Poetry Review, Elephant, Flying Fish, BURP, Out of Our, and Amerarcana; as well as the anthologies OCEAN VOICES (Spinner... Read More →

Volunteers
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Abigail Warren

Associate Professor, Cambridge College
writingteaching

Saturday May 2, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hawthorne Sophia Room

10:00am

Giant Scrabble Game

Cooperate—or compete—to cover a giant Scrabble board with hundreds of criss-crossed words.


Saturday May 2, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
PEM Atrium

10:00am

Mad-Lib Muse

Loosen up your imagination using a childhood game as a creative prompt. Get the words flowing with fill-in-the-blank templates.


Saturday May 2, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
PEM Atrium

10:00am

Paint Chip Poetry

Choose a swatch and let the colors inspire you with words and images.


Saturday May 2, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
PEM Atrium

11:00am

Hedgerow Reads
Limited Capacity seats available

“There is something special happening here,” says publisher Steve Strimer, who started Hedgerow Books in the spirit of City Lights Book Store, to bring regional artists to national attention. In its short existence, Hedgerow's publications have been honored as finalists for The Massachusetts Book Award, The Eric Hoffer Award in Poetry, The Montaigne Medal, and The International Book Award. Five poets will read poems with surprising vistas of fantasy, landscape, history, relationship and slant wisdoms.

Moderators
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D M Gordon

Editor, Hedgerow Books
D.M. Gordon is a writer and editor in multiple genres, helping poets polish their manuscripts before submission, and novelists and creative non-fiction writers untangle their narrative structures––or whatever other elements need attention. It's work that she loves. Her poetry book, Nightly at the Institute of the Possible, was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award and International Book Award. She's also published short stories... Read More →

Speakers
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Maya Janson

Poet, Lecturer, Smith College
Maya Janson’s poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Orion, Best American Poetry and elsewhere. Her poetry collection Murmur & Crush, a finalist for the Montaigne Medal, was published by Hedgerow Books in 2013. She is a lecturer in poetry at Smith College and has been a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant and a residency at The MacDowell Colony. 
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Patricia Lee Lewis

Founder/Director, Patchwork Farm Retreat
Patricia Lee Lewis leads creative writing & yoga retreats at Patchwork Farm in Western MA and internationally and loves to talk about Hedgerow Books, experimental poetry, unusual venues for readings, supportive workshops, and building a writers' community.
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Fred Pelka

Fred Pelka is a 2004 Guggenheim Fellow. His nonfiction has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, The Disability Edge, Mainstream, Poets and Writers, and elsewhere. He is the author of the ABC-CLIO Companion to the Disability Rights Movement (ABC-CLIO, 1997), The Civil War Letters of Charles F. Johnson, Invalid Corps (University of Massachusetts Press, 2004), and What We Have Done: An Oral History of the Disability Rights... Read More →
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Anne Love Woodhull

Writing is something Anne Love Woodhull seems to have to do. She loves writing, and its task of wrestling something into form. She loves reading the writing of others. She also works with children as an art therapist. She is interested in the issues of education, and just what does the creative life of children mean, and how to encourage it. She plants seeds, she weeds, she picks the flowers we grow and eats the vegetables next to them. She is... Read More →

Producers

Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Universalist Church

11:00am

Smack Down: Cape Ann Poets vs. Cape Cod Poets
Limited Capacity filling up

A fast-paced, unscripted Smack Down between a team of Cape Ann poets (Kevin Carey, MP Carver, Jennifer Martelli, Colleen Michaels, with Jennifer Jean, team leader) and a team of Cape Cod poets (Gregory Hischak, Carole Stasiowski, Lauren Wolk, Jason Mellin (or Marney Rathbun), with Christine Ernst, team leader) vie for the title THE CAPE. Without knowing the other team's poetry, the team leader will dispatch her team's poet to immediately respond to the other team's poem. Alice Kociemba will act as time-keeper and referee. Poets will be dressed in "super-poet capes" representing their region. Audience applause and secret judges will decide the winning team. The losing team will eat "humble pie" and buy THE CAPE a round of drinks at the nearest pub.

Moderators
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Alice Kociemba

Founding Director, Calliope Poetry Series
Alice Kociemba is the Guest Editor of Common Thread (2015 & 2016). She is the director of Calliope, a poetry reading series, with winter craft workshops, at the West Falmouth Library, now completing its ninth season. For the past six years, she has facilitated a poetry discussion group at the Falmouth Public Library. Alice's first poetry collection, Bourne Bridge, was released in March 2016 by Turning Point.

Speakers
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Kevin Carey

Kevin Carey will be releasing his new book Fall of 2016 - "Jesus was a Homeboy"
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Christine Ernst

Cotuit Center for the Arts
Christine Rathbun Ernst is a writer and performance poet. She has been featured in the magazines MAMM, The Cape Cod View, Cape Cod Magazine, Cape Cod Life, the literary journal Ars Medica, and The Boston Globe, and two of her plays have been named MCC Grant Finalists. She spends her summers performing as the Fat Ass Cancer Bitch at Cotuit Center for the Arts, where she also teaches writing classes and produces for the mainstage. She and the... Read More →
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Jennifer Jean

Co-director, Morning Garden Artist Retreats
Jennifer Jean's debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table, 2013); her chapbooks include: The Archivist, and In the War. Her poetry and prose have appeared, or are forthcoming, in: Rattle, Drunken Boat, Crab Creek Review, Waxwing, Caketrain, Denver Quarterly, Tidal Basin Review, Solstice, Green Mountains Review, Mud City Journal, and more. She is Co-director of the Morning Garden Artist Retreats, Poetry Editor for The Mom Egg Review, and... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hawthorne Library

11:00am

You Probably Think This Poem Is About You: lovers, friends, family and children
Limited Capacity full

Good poems tell the truth. As poets, we dig deep to create an honest, authentic experience on the page, but what happens when telling the truth hurts or exposes family members or loved ones? What happens when our version of events differs from the memories of others? Should we ask permission? Are there boundaries and responsibilities or are we always free to tell our own truth as we see it? Six poets read and discuss their own practices. Join us for a conversation about how private experience is transformed into public art.

Moderators
Speakers
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Brian Burt

Gadabout
Brian Burt is the author of the poetry collection, "Past Continuous" (Back Pages Publishers, 2015). His poems, photographs, and visual art have appeared or are forthcoming in a wide variety of publications in North America and Europe, most recently FUSION, The Waterhouse Review, The Drum, and The Independent. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.
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Amy Clark

Amy M. Clark’s most recent collection is a chapbook, A Turn Around the Mansion Grounds: Poems in Conversation & a Conversation, co-authored with Molly Peacock (Slapering Hol Press, 2014). Her debut book, Stray Home (University of North Texas Press, 2010), won the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry 2009, and was a 2011 Must-Read selection by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Her poems have appeared on the Writer’s Almanac, in the anthology... Read More →
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Kirun Kapur

Kirun Kapur is the winner of the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry and the Antivenom Poetry Prize for her first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Poetry International, FIELD, The Christian Science Monitor and many other journals. She has taught creative writing at Boston University and has been awarded fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Vermont Studio Center and MacDowell Colony... Read More →
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Beth Woodcome Platow

Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music
Beth Woodcome Platow has published poems in Ploughshares, AGNI, Harvard Review, and Gulf Coast among other journals. She received the Grolier Prize, the PEN/New England Discovery Award, the Beyond Baroque Poetry Prize, and the Rousseau Poetry Prize. Her book of poems, Little Myths, will be published in 2016 by the National Poetry Review. She holds an MFA from Bennington College and is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music where she... Read More →
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Lynne Potts

Lynne Potts’s first book of poetry, Porthole View, won the National Poetry Review Press prize in 2012. The same press is publishing a second book Mame, Sol and Dog Bark in 2015. Her poems have appeared in Paris Review, Southern Poetry Review, California Quarterly, Meridian, American Letters and Commentary, The Literary Review, Denver Quarterly, Cincinnati Review, Southwest Review, Backwards City Review, Oxford Magazine, Nimrod, 14 Hills... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
PEM Studio 2

11:00am

A Poetry Reading with Nick Flynn & Beth Bachmann
Limited Capacity seats available

Nick Flynn and Beth Bachmann will read and discuss their new collections of poetry (My Feelings, Graywolf Press) and (Do Not Rise, Pitt Poetry Series). Raised in Scituate, MA, Flynn is the award-winning author of three prior books of poetry and three memoirs. His Another Bullshit Night in Suck City was made into the motion picture, Being Flynn, starring Robert De Niro. Beth Bachmann is author of the poetry collection Temper, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Poetry Prize and Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Recently featured in American Poetry Review’s poets in conversation piece discussing a poetics of the extreme, Flynn and Bachmann will read poems that mediate the space between extremes of violence and love.

Speakers
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Beth Bachmann

Writer in Residence, Vanderbilt University
Beth Bachmann is the author of two books from The Pitt Poetry Series: Temper (2009), winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize and Kate Tufts Discovery Award and Do Not Rise (2015), winner of the Poetry Society of America Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. Each fall, she serves as Writer in Residence in the Vanderbilt University MFA program in Creative Writing. Find her @bethbachmann
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Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn’s “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City” (Norton, 2004), won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir, and has been translated into ten languages. He is also the author of two book of poetry, “Some Ether” (Graywolf, 2000), which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and “Blind Huber" (Graywolf, 2002). He has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Library of Congress, The Amy Lowell Trust, and... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
PEM Morse Auditorium

11:00am

Getting It Done
Limited Capacity filling up

Consider the overworked adjunct professors. These heroes can teach nine classes at five schools in one semester, grade a stack of papers for their TR classes on the train to their MWFs, get dinner on the table, AND they have time to write all these great poems. How do they do it? Come hear some poems about writing even when you are really, really busy, and learn from some of the hardest working people in Po Biz. You’ll get some solace and community for your own exhaustion, and come away with some strategies for getting good writing done even when you’re working like a dog. We’ll read a couple poems, tell stories, and offer writing and time management techniques. Then we’ll open it up for plenty of lively Q&A.

Moderators
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Jill McDonough

Lannan Fellowship and three-time Pushcart prize winner, Jill McDonough’s books of poems include Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), and Where You Live (Salt, 2012). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford’s Stegner program, she taught incarcerated college students through Boston University’s... Read More →

Speakers
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Jennifer Jean

Co-director, Morning Garden Artist Retreats
Jennifer Jean's debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table, 2013); her chapbooks include: The Archivist, and In the War. Her poetry and prose have appeared, or are forthcoming, in: Rattle, Drunken Boat, Crab Creek Review, Waxwing, Caketrain, Denver Quarterly, Tidal Basin Review, Solstice, Green Mountains Review, Mud City Journal, and more. She is Co-director of the Morning Garden Artist Retreats, Poetry Editor for The Mom Egg Review, and... Read More →
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Amy Lawless

Amy Lawless is the author of two books for poems, most recently My Dead (Octopus Books 2013). Her third book Broadax is also forthcoming from Octopus Books. An audio chapbook "from Broadax" is just out from Black Cake Records. Some poems have most recently appeared appeared in So & So Magazine, Atlas Review, and Smoking Glue Gun. Some prose has recently appeared in Poor Claudia, Twelfth House, BOMBlog, Real Pants, and The Conversant. She was a... Read More →
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Alyssa Mazzarella

Adjunct Professor & Tutor, UMass Boston
Alyssa Mazzarella is a poet, adjunct professor, and tutor at UMass Boston, where she graduated in 2015 with an MFA in Creative Writing for poetry. In 2015, she was a semifinalist for a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Writing Fellowship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in apt, The Briar Cliff Review, Common Ground Review, and Freshwater.


Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
PEM East India Marine Hall

11:00am

Gabriela Mistral- In Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of her Nobel Prize for Literature
Limited Capacity seats available

Gabriela Mistral received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945. To this day she has been the only woman from Latin America to have received it. 2015 will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Mistral’s Nobel. In this panel we hope to address her legacy as a poet and human rights activist and explore why she continues to be unknown in many parts of Latin America and the United States today.

Speakers
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Marjorie Agosin

MARJORIE AGOSIN is a Chilean-born Americanwriter. She is a prolific author: her published books,including those she has written as well as thoseshe has edited, number over eighty. Her two mostrecent books are both poetry collections, The Lightof Desire / La Luz del Deseo, translated by Lori MarieCarlson (Swan Isle Press, 2009), and Secrets inthe Sand: The Young Women of Juárez, translatedby Celeste Kostopulos-Cooperman (White PinePress... Read More →
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Doris Atkinson

In 2006 South Hadley, MA, resident, Doris Atkinson, became the literary executor for the estate of Gabriela Mistral, the first Latin American Nobel Laureate in literature. Under her care over 17,000 documents including original manuscripts and hundreds of unpublished poems were transferred from Massachusetts to Mistral's homeland, Chile.  Ms Atkinson was featured in the documentary Locas Mujeres and has written essays for two compilations of... Read More →
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Veronica Darer

Verónica Darer, Ph.D., is Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Education at Wellesley College.  She specializes in Spanish language and culture courses and teaches classes on diversity in education and classroom interaction.  She is co-author of a Spanish textbook, Reflejos.  She has written about Gabriela Mistral as an educator in Gabriela Mistral:  The Audacious Traveler.

Volunteers
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Abigail Warren

Associate Professor, Cambridge College
writingteaching

Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hawthorne Sophia Room

11:00am

The Real Dirt: poetry of food, garden and farm
Limited Capacity full

We live in a time of constant movement, interconnectedness,urban excitement, of uprootedness. While there are many benefits to living in the so-called digital age, it is hard not to feel the loss of a psychic life that had a much deeper root system, planted in the local, furnished with shared cultural values. Poetry that grows out of the earth and has a sense of connectedness to "a" piece of ground, to "that" creek, to "the" maple on the knoll, can help to bring together these two worlds.
We will explore the importance of poetry rooted in soil, garden, and farm through discussion illustrated with our own poems and those of others.

Speakers
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Abbot Cutler

member, Slate Roof Press
Abbot Cutler lives at the end of a dirt road in Ashfield, MA with his wife Sarah Holbrook who is a photographer. He has three collections of poems from three different presses. His poems have appeared in a number of magazines including Orion Magazine, Ploughshares, and Blue Sofa Review and in a number of anthologies. He is currently a member of the Franklin County poetry collective, Slate Roof Press, and also a member of the organizing team for... Read More →
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Janet MacFadyen

Slate Roof Press
Janet is author of three works, including In the Provincelands (Slate Roof Press 2012) and A Newfoundland Journal (Killick Press, St. Johns, 2009). Her poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The Southern Poetry Review, Malahat, and most recently in Crannog, White Stag, Terrain, and Sweet. A Pushcart nominee, she has held residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cill Rialaig in Ireland, and at the Fowler & C-Scape dune... Read More →
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Ed Rayher

member, Slate Roof
Ed Rahyer runs Swamp Press, a publisher of limited edition letterpress poetry books. He also designs and prints books for individuals and other presses, and runs the Monotype Hot Metal Letter Foundry. He was the 2011 Poet Laureate of Franklin County. His current chapbook in print is "All We Can Do is Wait," and his full length book of poems: "The Paleontologist's Red Pumps" is coming from Hedgerow Press this year.
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Cindy Snow

member, Slate Roof Press
Cindy Snow’s writing has appeared in the Massachusetts Review, Peace Review, Worcester Review, and elsewhere. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart, and she is the recipient of writing residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Cill Rialaig. Slate Roof Press will publish her first chapbook in 2016. Cindy’s current project is a series of poems on the 17th century German naturalist and botanical artist Maria Sibylla Merian. Cindy works... Read More →

Producers
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Abbot Cutler

member, Slate Roof Press
Abbot Cutler lives at the end of a dirt road in Ashfield, MA with his wife Sarah Holbrook who is a photographer. He has three collections of poems from three different presses. His poems have appeared in a number of magazines including Orion Magazine, Ploughshares, and Blue Sofa Review and in a number of anthologies. He is currently a member of the Franklin County poetry collective, Slate Roof Press, and also a member of the organizing team for... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Old Town Hall, 2nd floor

11:00am

Master Class in Reading Your Work Aloud
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In the literary world today, writers often reach a wider audience through readings than through publication. Yet most writers are not trained to read their works aloud. Even well-known writers may read with too little—or too much—expression. In this master class/workshop, participants discuss what makes a good reading and explore the wide range of successful reading styles. As many participants as we have time for present a poem or short passage of prose for feedback from the group, under the guidance of the instructor, and then works toward a livelier, more effective presentation, which often includes a deeper understanding of the work being read.

Speakers
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Lloyd Schwartz

Frederick S. Troy Professor of English, University of Massachusetts Boston
Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and teaches in the MFA program. He is a commentator on music and the arts for National Public Radio's Fresh Air, Senior Editor of Classical Music for New York Arts, and Contributing Arts Critic for WBUR’s The ARTery. For 35 years he was the Classical Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
PEM Bartlett Gallery

11:00am

Our Mothers' Stories
Limited Capacity full

“(B)ehind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begin.” ― Mitch Albom, For One More Day



Telling our mothers’ stories helps us to appreciate the bases for our own motivations, biases, and actions. In this workshop, we’ll explore our mothers' stories, from their perspectives and also from ours as children and as adults. We will examine the influences on them and their influences on us, to understand, and celebrate or transcend their legacies. We’ll read and discuss poems about mothers and participate in writing exercises geared toward mining this fertile ground for poetry.

Speakers
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Marjorie Tesser

Editor in Chief, Mom Egg Review
Marjorie Tesser is the editor in chief of Mom Egg Review, author of poetry chapbooks THE IMPORTANT THING IS (Firewheel Chapbook Award), and The Magic Feather (Finishing Line), and co-editor of the anthologies Bowery Women and Estamos Aquí: Poems by Migrant Farmworkers (Bowery Books), and Travellin' Mama: Mothers, Motherhood and Travel, forthcoming from Demeter Press.

Volunteers
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Amanda Hope

Poet & librarian

Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hawthorne Essex Room

11:00am

Writing Sound to Sound
Limited Capacity full

B.H. Fairchild’s speaker in “The Blue Buick: A Narrative” says

… an able catcher sets his feet
to avoid the extra step that makes him miss
the steal at second, a poet hears the syllable
before the word, a good machinist “feels” the cut
before he measures it.

The leaders will offer a series of prompts that position a poet to hear the next “syllable before the word.” During the workshop itself participants will begin responding to four of these prompts together so that they leave with four new poems started, each employing a different strategy for writing sound to sound. B.H. Fairchild’s speaker in “The Blue Buick: A Narrative” says

… an able catcher sets his feet
to avoid the extra step that makes him miss
the steal at second, a poet hears the syllable
before the word, a good machinist “feels” the cut
before he measures it.

The leaders will offer a series of prompts that position a poet to hear the next “syllable before the word.” During the workshop itself participants will begin responding to four of these prompts together so that they leave with four new poems started, each employing a different strategy for writing sound to sound. The workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Speakers
avatar for Moira Linehan

Moira Linehan

Moira Linehan’s second collection, INCARNATE GRACE, will be published by Southern Illinois University Press (SIUP) in April 2015. It explores various meanings of the word margin in response to her surgeon’s words that the margins around her lumpectomy were “clean but not ideal.” A quarter of the poems are set on Winter Pond, the pond behind her Massachusetts home. Her debut collection, IF NO MOON—selected by Dorianne Laux—won the 2006... Read More →

Producers

Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Charter School Room 1

11:00am

Writing Truth & Beauty: Using Your Photos for Poetic Inspiration
Limited Capacity full

We’ve all had the experience of hearing the whispers of photographs that seem to have a deeper story to tell. Whether they’re treasured family snapshots, polished studio portraits or spontaneous cell phone images, certain pictures arrest our attention and prompt an emotional response we cannot immediately express – but we hope we’ll find a way. Writing poetry from photos allows us to express the truth of what we feel and haven’t said, and capture the beauty and deeper meaning of an image in words. We’ll let the images “speak” - writing poems that capture the feelings, personalities, relationships, rites of passage, cultural identity and family history evoked by photographs. When personally chosen photos are brought into a writing circle, powerful writing about family, community, and cross-cultural identity emerges. We’ll explore the photos as a warm-up to generating first drafts. Poets of any experience are welcome. Please bring photos to work from!

Speakers
avatar for Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar is a poet and playwright from the Boston area who facilitates expressive workshops in a variety of settings. Her award-winning poetry chapbook, All These Cures, was published in 2014 by Lit House Press, and her poetry has been published in many literary journals, including Milo Review, Kindred, Glint, Poydras, and Sugared Water. Her plays have been prouduced around the US and Canada and are published by dramatic publishers. She... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Charter School Room 3

11:00am

Japanese Stab-Bound Notebooks

Learn this simple sewn bookbinding technique.


Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
PEM Create Space

11:00am

Poetry Carnival
Come one, come all to a carnival of poets! Sideshow attractions speak their stories, poetry themed games can be won, and each tent offers a new thrill. You, the illustrious audience, can meet the Ringmaster, marvel at the aerialist, and wander as you will through this immersive performance installation. Poets include Krysten Hill, Mariya Deykute, and Sam Cha. Music, surprise, characters, costumes, and poems await you at this once-in-a-lifetime event put together by The Theatre of Words and Music.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Cha

Sam Cha

Sam Cha received his MFA from UMass Boston, where he was the 2011 and 2012 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Amethyst Arsenic, apt, Anderbo, Better, decomP, DIAGRAM, Cleaver, Printer's Devil Review, Memorious, RHINO, and Toad. He's a poetry editor at Radius and at Off the Coast. He lives and writes in Cambridge, MA.
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Mariya Deykute

co-founder, Boston Poetry & Jazz Salon
I am a Russian-born poet, writer, teacher & performing artist. | | I have taught courses to the homeless, undergraduates, prison inmates, elementary school kids, high school students & seniors throughout Massachusetts. I've performed my work at the Somerville Center for the Arts, the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, 236 Gallery, the Brookline Booksmith and numerous venues in New England and beyond. | | I currently teach private & group... 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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Krysten Hill

Poet
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 →
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Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy is an aerialist, actor, and dancer with a BFA in Theatre performance from Salem State University who performs in the Salem and Boston areas. He has been seen in a number of theatrical productions over the past few years, most notably as Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Marblehead Little Theater and Tiresias in the original work "Ghosts of Troy" at SSU. He can be seen weekly performing aerial acrobatics, dance, and performance... Read More →

Producers
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Shari Caplan

Director, The Theatre of Words & Music
Shari Caplan is a poet and actress who dabbles in play and screenwriting and makes her living by tutoring at Bunker Hill Community College and sorting donations at Boomerangs run by AIDS Action. She is the Director of The Theatre of Words & Music, a bi-monthly event series at The Salem Athenaeum, where she is also the Writing Program Director. Shari is interested in bringing poetry to the masses, breaking molds, and finding new avenues of... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 2:00pm
Salem Common N Washington Square Salem, MA 01970

11:00am

Small Press and Literary Fair
Visit exhibitors at the Small Press and Literary Fair outside of the Peabody Essex Museum along the pedestrian mall. Featuring: Adastra Press • Bottle Rocket Press • Hedgerow Books • Human Error Publishing • Journal of the Month • Mock Orange Magazine • Perugia Press • Salamander • Slate Roof Press • Swamp Press • Tuesday: An Art Project • Tupelo Press • Zephyr Press (more coming soon)

Want to exhibit at the Small Press and Literary Fair? Reserve your table now. Questions? Email M.P. Carver at mp@masspoetry.org.

Saturday May 2, 2015 11:00am - 4:00pm
Pedestrian Mall Outside PEM

12:15pm

Capable Massachusetts: Poets with Disabilties
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Most of the time, people with disabilities are spoken about. At Capable Massachusetts, they will be speaking out. Slam poetry legend Ryk McIntrye and Oddball Magazine founder Jason Wright will be joined by rising stars Hannah Brown and Lewis Morris (a member of Flatline Poetry, winners of Best Poetry Group at the 2013 Mass Poetry Awards) for a generational artistic dialog on disabilities visible and invisible, and the ongoing struggle, 25 years after the ADA, to build a future where they are not barriers to opportunity. Moderated by poet and organizer Colin Killick of the Disability Policy Consortium.

Moderators
avatar for Colin Killick

Colin Killick

Community Organizer, Disability Policy Consortium
Colin Killick is a poet and disability rights activist based in Somerville, MA, where he chairs the Commission for Persons with Disabilities. He previously produced Capable Somerville 2014, an event bringing together disability rights activists and disabled poets from across New England for an evening of performance and discussion. His work has been published in Freezeray and Oddball Magazine, and he is the author of the chapbook Attack of the 50... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown is a poet and spoken word artist from Boston. She has been writing for the majority of her life. After graduating from Hampshire College in western Massachusetts, she returned to the area and began performing regularly in 2014. Since then, she has been featured at Stone Soup and published in Oddball Magazine and Stone's Throw. She traveled to Ferguson in November to speak with local activists and has been inspired as a person and... Read More →
avatar for Ryk McIntyre

Ryk McIntyre

Ryk McIntyre has been a legendary presence on the New England poetry scene for decades. Which is to say, he is rarely photographed and not everyone is convinced he really exists. He has toured extensively around the continental United States and Canada, appearing on stages as varied as NYC’s New School, Portsmouth NH’s Music Hall, Lollapalooza and the very first “Legends of The Slam” Showcase, at the National Poetry Slam in 2006 in... Read More →
avatar for Jason Wright

Jason Wright

Editor/Founder, Oddball Magazine
Jason Wright is the editor and founder of Oddball Magazine. He has been published in the Somerville Scout, Fox Chase Review, Wilderness Review, Stones Throw, and Somerville Times. He was selected to read at Boston City Hall for his poem Strong as the Boston Skyline, Oddball Magazine was featured at Massachusetts Poetry Festival in 2014 as well and has read at the Cambridge River Festival a few times. He is a regular at Stone Soup in Cambridge... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
PEM Studio 1

12:15pm

Tupelo Quarterly: A Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Contributors and editors of Tupelo Quarterly come together to share some of their stunning work, and, as always, celebrate intellectual curiosity, artistic community, and creative risk. Join us — the gates are open! Moderated by Co-Managing Editors Sarah Russell and Kaylie Sweet, featured will be Associate Editors Jennifer Militello and Wesley Rothman, as well as TQ contributing poets Tina Cane, Crystal Condakes, and Jill McDonough.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Cane

Tina Cane

Poet & Founder/Director, Writers-in-the-Schools, RI
Tina Cane was born in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC in 1969 and grew up in the city’s East and West Village. She attended the University of Vermont, the Sorbonne and completed her master’s degree in French Literature at the Université de Paris X-Nanterre. She is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI. Over the past twenty years, she has taught French, English and Creative Writing in public and private schools throughout New York City... Read More →
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Crystal Condakes

Crystal Condakes is a graduate of Simmons College and Boston University where she received an M.A. in Creative Writing. She taught writing at B.U. and Salem State University. She is a frequent contributor to The Improbable Places Poetry Tour. She participated in Tupelo Press' 30/30 Project in January 2015. She has published poems in Oddball Magazine; The Prompt; MadHat Lit; Tupelo Quarterly 5. | Favorite Poets: Louise Gluck, Jay Hopler, Hart... Read More →
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Jennifer Militello

Jennifer Militello is the author, most recently, of A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments (2016) and Body Thesaurus (2013), both from Tupelo Press. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and Best New Poets. She teaches in the MFA program at New England College.
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Wesley Rothman

Wesley Rothman's poems and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in 32 Poems, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Narrative Magazine, New England Review, Poet Lore, Post Road, Prairie Schooner, Vinyl, and The White Review, among other venues. He has worked with Copper Canyon Press, Ploughshares, Salamander, and Tupelo Quarterly, and teaches writing and cultural literatures at Emerson College, Berklee College of... Read More →

Producers

Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
PEM East India Marine Hall

12:15pm

Warrior Writers Group Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Warrior Writers is a veteran-focused national arts organization whose mission is to create a culture that articulates veterans' experiences, to provide a creative community for artistic expression through workshops and retreats, and to bear witness to the lived experiences of warriors. In this reading, area veterans whose work is featured in our anthologies will share some of their poetry.

Moderators
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Eric Wasileski

Coordinator, Veterans for Peace Chap 9 Smedley D Butler Brigade
Facilitator with Warrior Writers, father, preacher, poet and peace activist. | I recenly released my first book of poems and going to be leading a writing workshop at the Veterans for Peace convention this summer. I host a monthly open mic in Cambridge, Midnight Voices, 3rd Thursday of every month at 7pm at Cambridge Friends Meeting. | Poems have saved my life.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Aikens

Tom Aikens

Tom Aikens is privileged to have been published in Warrior Writers' most recent anthologies, After Action Review (2011) and Warrior Writers (2014). He was an infantryman with 1st ID, and served as a team leader and squad leader on deployments to Kosovo (2002) and Iraq (2004-2005.)
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Michael Anthony

Warrior Writers
Michael Anthony was invited to read by Warrior Writers, a great group of veteran writers. He is honored to be a part of the 2015 Massachusetts Poetry Festival.
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Jon Turner

Jon Turner served from 2003-2007 as an infantryman with the marines, deploying in support of Operation Secure Tomorrow (2004- Haiti), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2005 & 2006) where he was awarded a Purple Heart. He is currently working with the VA to facilitate writing workshops, and is building an educational farm to assist returned veterans with re-integration. | | His written work has been included with Left Curve Magazine, Boston Poetry... Read More →

Producers
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Rachel McNeill

Boston Program Director, Warrior Writers
Rachel McNeill enlisted in the Army Reserves as a heavy construction equipment operator in 2002 at age 17. She deployed to Ramadi, Iraq with the 983rd Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) from December 2004 to December 2005, where she became a driver and turret gunner with B Company’s tactical movement team, under the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force. In 2008, she was selected as the editor in chief for The Clarion, the student-run newspaper... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
PEM Studio 2

12:15pm

From Zero to One: First Books and What We Wish We’d Known
Limited Capacity full

This event will be of special interest to writers submitting a manuscript or about to publish a first book. We’ll discuss the happy but often bewildering aftermath of acceptance: book design, publicity, the vulnerability of being newly published, post-publication contests, second and beyond books, and the importance of continuing to write after a manuscript has been assembled or even published. We’ll also talk about pre-publication editing, researching presses and contests, realistic publishing expectations, and dealing with a difficult publisher. Although the panel will focus on life after an acceptance, we will have handouts that address the business side of preparing a manuscript. Panelists include a publisher/editor and poets in various stages of their careers. Discussion will be audience driven – bring your questions!

Moderators
avatar for Karen Skolfield

Karen Skolfield

Poet, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press. She received the 2015 Arts & Humanities Award from New England Public Radio, and has received additional fellowships and awards in 2014/2015 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Ucross Foundation, Split This Rock, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. New poems appear in the... Read More →

Speakers
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Amy Dryansky

Amy Dryansky's second book, "Grass Whistle" (Salmon) was published in 2013 and received the Massachusetts Book Award for poetry. Her first, "How I Got Lost So Close to Home," was published by Alice James and individual poems appear or are forthcoming in a variety of anthologies and journals, including Harvard Review, New England Review, Orion, Salamander, and The Women’s Review of Books. She has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes and... Read More →
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Susan Kan

Director, Perugia Press
Perugia Press publishes the best new women poets in the country. Located in Northampton, MA, but with a far-reaching scope, Perugia gets more than 500 submissions to our annual manuscript contest. Winning poets are aged 28 to 80, come from California to the tip of Cape Cod, and write poetry that is lively, powerful, diverse, and focused. What makes Perugia Press unique is our singular focus, our small and sturdy operation, our confidence that... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Sousa

Sarah Sousa

Sarah Sousa’s poems have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Fugue, Tupelo Quarterly, Fourteen Hills and Tuesday; An Art Project, among others. She is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow and the recipient of awards from the Massachusetts Review, the Poetry Foundation and both the New York and New England Book Festivals. She is the author of the poetry collections Split the Crow (Parlor Press, 2015) and Church of Needles ( Red Mountain... Read More →
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Michelle Valois

Professor, Mount Wachusett Community College
In Michelle Valois' previous lives she owned the world's cutest beagle; lived in Sweden; and played the guitar - though not always at the same time. These days she lives in Florence, Massachusetts with her partner and their three children. Her writing has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Tri-Quarterly, Brevity, Fourth Genre, The Baltimore Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The North American Review, and others. She earned an M.F.A... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Hawthorne Library

12:15pm

Poetry and American Empire
Limited Capacity seats available

Both poetry and political engagement have the power to make radical claims on us. In light of this, how do contemporary poets write to (or about) the manifestations of American influence, here and abroad? What ethical or aesthetic difficulties do they face? Members of this panel will share a few poems that take up these challenges and discuss the intersection between their politics and poetry.

Moderators
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David Roderick

David Roderick is the author of THE AMERICANS and BLUE COLONIAL. He is also host of the Rumpus Late Nite Poetry Show.

Speakers
avatar for Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), was named one of the best books of the... Read More →
avatar for Jill McDonough

Jill McDonough

Lannan Fellowship and three-time Pushcart prize winner, Jill McDonough’s books of poems include Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), and Where You Live (Salt, 2012). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford’s Stegner program, she taught incarcerated college students through Boston University’s... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Richardson

Rachel Richardson

Contributing Editor, Memorious
Rachel Richardson has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University. She is the author of Copperhead (2011) and Hundred-Year Wave (forthcoming in 2016) both from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her poems have appeared in Slate, New England Review, Southern Review, Blackbird, PN Review, and elsewhere. Her essays and reviews appear in Kenyon... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Universalist Church

12:15pm

The Poetry Workshop in Prison: MFA Students Reflect on Teaching at Baystate
Limited Capacity seats available

Three UMass Boston MFA students each discuss their experience leading a poetry workshop group at Baystate Correctional Facility. The discussion will span from the workshop's first year to its current year and include an insight into the purpose and intent of the program, materials and texts used, and overall responses to the workshop experience. Ally Dowds, the co-founder of the program and librarian at Baystate, will discuss the development and progress of the program over the past three years.

Speakers
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Ally Dowds

Ally Dowds is currently employed as the head librarian at Bay State Correctional Center, a medium security, all male, state prison. Ally received her Master's in Library Science from Simmons College in 2010 and has worked in the MA Department of Corrections for 4 years. Three years ago, she and Jill McDonough created the Poetry Group at Bay State to foster a healthy, creative outlet for inmates to freely express their opinions, emotions, and... Read More →
avatar for Kate Glavin

Kate Glavin

MFA Candidate, UMass Boston
Kate Glavin received her M.A. in English Literature from the University of South Dakota in 2010. Since then she has been teaching creative writing, literature, and composition at a variety of institutions, including the prison classroom. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Boston and leads the affiliated Poetry Group at MCI Baystate.
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Alyssa Mazzarella

Adjunct Professor & Tutor, UMass Boston
Alyssa Mazzarella is a poet, adjunct professor, and tutor at UMass Boston, where she graduated in 2015 with an MFA in Creative Writing for poetry. In 2015, she was a semifinalist for a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Writing Fellowship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in apt, The Briar Cliff Review, Common Ground Review, and Freshwater.

Producers
avatar for Kate Glavin

Kate Glavin

MFA Candidate, UMass Boston
Kate Glavin received her M.A. in English Literature from the University of South Dakota in 2010. Since then she has been teaching creative writing, literature, and composition at a variety of institutions, including the prison classroom. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Boston and leads the affiliated Poetry Group at MCI Baystate.

Volunteers
avatar for Amanda Hope

Amanda Hope

Poet & librarian

Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Hawthorne Essex Room

12:15pm

Writing Race: Poets on the Complexity and Contradictions of Race in America
Limited Capacity full

In the "post-racial" Obama era, the nation remains racially polarized, as the tragedy and protests in Ferguson, Missouri amply demonstrate. How can a poet write truthfully about the complexity and contradictions of race in America? How can a poet balance the message in the poem with the demands of poetry? How can a poet speak on behalf of his or her community, and yet empathize with other communities? How can a poet channel anger into art, risking the alienation of the audience for the sake of honesty?

Martin Espada is often called “the Latino poet of his generation.” Poet John Murillo is the son of an African-American father and a Mexican mother. Richard Michelson is a Jewish poet who grew up in an African-American neighborhood. They will read from their work and discuss the risks and responsibilities of addressing race in poetry.

Speakers
avatar for Martín Espada

Martín Espada

Martín Espada has published more than fifteen books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His forthcoming collection of poems is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), and Alabanza (2003). His honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer... Read More →
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Richard Michelson

Richard Michelson is the author of More Money than God (Pitt Poetry Series, February 2015), Battles and Lullabies (U of Illinois), Tap Dancing for the Relatives (U of Florida), and two fine press collaborations with the artist Leonard Baskin’s Gehenna Press. His many children’s books have been listed among the Ten Best of the Year by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The New Yorker; and among the Best Dozen of the Decade by Amazon.com... Read More →
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John Murillo

John Murillo is the author of the poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie, finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Pen Open Book Award. His honors include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cave Canem Foundation, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He teaches at Hampshire College and New York University.

Producers
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Richard Michelson

Richard Michelson is the author of More Money than God (Pitt Poetry Series, February 2015), Battles and Lullabies (U of Illinois), Tap Dancing for the Relatives (U of Florida), and two fine press collaborations with the artist Leonard Baskin’s Gehenna Press. His many children’s books have been listed among the Ten Best of the Year by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The New Yorker; and among the Best Dozen of the Decade by Amazon.com... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren

Associate Professor, Cambridge College
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Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Hawthorne Sophia Room

12:15pm

The Poetics of Construction
Limited Capacity seats available

As contemporary life fragments around us, poetry becomes radical site of construction. Word by word, poets construct new realities from the material of language and thought. For poets of color, queer poets, working class poets, this work is not only radical, it is lifesaving.

We present Asian American poets engaging a range of poetics and evoking a wide scope of concerns. Taking as a starting point the Peabody Essex Museum’s collections, we will delve into what we construct and how—from the history of New England's involvement with the Asia trade and the construction of the idea of “Asia,” to an ecopoetics that questions the construction of the “natural” in relationship to race and technology, to meditations on the construction of interpersonal relationships and the body. We ask what it means to perform the act of construction today and how we deconstruct toward creating new, more useful constructions.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Linh Che

Cathy Linh Che

Managing Director, Kundiman
Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. She has received awards from Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Kundiman, Hedgebrook, Poets House, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, and a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant. A founding editor of the online journal Paperbag, she is Managing Director... Read More →
avatar for Chen Chen

Chen Chen

Chen Chen is finishing his MFA in poetry at Syracuse University, where he is a University Fellow and a Poetry Editor of Salt Hill. New work is forthcoming in Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, Best American Poetry 2015, among others. Recent honors include being named a finalist in Narrative's 30 Below Contest and winning second place in the Joy Harjo Poetry Prizes, from Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. He has also received scholarships and... Read More →
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Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart's Traffic and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. A Kundiman, Lambda and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and was a participant in Sharon Bridgforth's Theatrical Jazz Institute. They have been awarded fellowships and residencies from Soul Mountain Retreat... Read More →
avatar for Sally Wen Mao

Sally Wen Mao

Sally Wen Mao is the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014), the winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award and a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Pick of Fall 2014. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2013 and is forthcoming or published in Poetry, Black Warrior Review, Guernica, jubilat, The Missouri Review, and Washington Square, among others. A Kundiman fellow, she holds an M.F.A. from Cornell University, where... Read More →
avatar for Annie Won

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 →

Producers
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Tamiko Beyer

Tamiko Beyer is the author of We Come Elemental (Alice James Books, 2013) and bough breaks (Meritage Press, 2011). Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in the Denver Quarterly, The Volta, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is the Deputy Communication Director at Corporate Accountability International.


Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
PEM Bartlett Gallery

12:15pm

Metaphor and the Art of the Fine Poetic Line
Limited Capacity full

Metaphor is most familiar as the literary device through which we describe one thing in terms of another, as when Shakespeare has Romeo say: "Juliet is the sun." But metaphor is much more than a literary device employed by love-struck poets when they refer to their girlfriends as interstellar masses of incandescent gas. Metaphor is intensely yet inconspicuously present in everything from economics and advertising to politics and business to science and psychology. Fresh metaphors are essential to writing fine lines, the rich, robust sentences that characterize the most compelling poetry. In this lively, interactive workshop, we will work with metaphor to create the kind of concise, vivid sentences that linger in readers' minds.

Speakers
avatar for James Geary

James Geary

deputy curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism
James Geary is the Deputy Curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. He is the author of two books about aphorisms, The New York Times bestseller The World in A Phrase: A Brief History of the Aphorism and Geary's Guide to The World's Great Aphorists. His most recent book is I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes The Way We See The World. Read more at www.jamesgeary.com.


Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Charter School Room 2

12:15pm

PoGens: Moving Poetry From the Margins to the Center
Limited Capacity full

Five professionals who are also poets will illustrate how their self-created poetry generation (PoGens) sessions have moved poetry from the margins of their busy lives to the center. A psychiatrist, nonprofit leader, development director, restaurant owner, and prep school teacher meet regularly to create poems, using a poetry generation process that strengthens writing skills and promotes the practice of craft. Panelists will briefly discuss how their commitment to PoGens has helped them keep poetry as a focus in the midst of demanding careers and contributed to traditional measures of success (publication and completion of an MFA), while strengthening each member’s awareness of the value of creation as a daring and life-affirming act. The workshop will move into a poetry generation session, including participants, providing practical advice for recreating the PoGens model.

Moderators
avatar for Grace Mattern

Grace Mattern

Author and Nonprofit Advisor
Grace Mattern’s has been published widely in journals and anthologies, including The Sun, Calyx, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore and Yankee. She has received fellowships from the NH State Arts Council and Vermont Studio Center and has published two books of poetry. The Truth About Death won the 2014 Readers’ Choice NH Literary Award in Poetry. Over the past thirty five years, Mattern has been deeply involved in the movement to end violence... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Coursin

David Coursin

David Coursin worked for thirty-eight years as a physician, fitting in a range of creative interests around the edges of a full family and professional life. In 2011 he decided it was time for those interests to occupy the center of his day and retired from clinical practice. He has been exploring the visual arts through drawing, painting and digital imagery, editing The Days of Either Or, a collection of his poems from 2005-2008, and regularly... Read More →
avatar for Anny Jones

Anny Jones

Anny Jones teaches Creative Writing at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, though she grew up in Great Expectations territory in Kent. She is a poetry graduate of the MFA program at Pacific University where she was taught by Sandra Alcosser, David St. John and Kwame Dawes. She writes in several forms—poetry, novels, lyric essays—and gives quirky talks on such things as Hay in Art, Literature and History. Laundry ditto.
avatar for Hope Jordan

Hope Jordan

Director of Advancement, Manchester Community Health Center
Hope Jordan’s poems have appeared in such journals as Many Mountains Moving, Green Mountains Review and The 2010 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire. She was the first official poetry slam master in New Hampshire, and coached the inaugural NH Poetry Slam Team in 2007. She has a dual degree in English and Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in teaching writing from Plymouth State University. She is an alumna of the... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Stewart

Nancy Stewart

Nancy grew up in Concord, NH, lived in San Francisco for 6 years, and has spent the last 25 years running a sandwich shop in Concord, with her husband. Her poems have appeared in the literary journal, Bone and Flesh, and in the Seacoast Writers Association anthology, Currents V. She was a featured poet on the New Hampshire Poet Showcase in 2011. She is a member of the Concord Yogurt Poets, a past member of the Portsmouth City Hall poets, and a... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Charter School Room 4

12:15pm

Urban Nature Ecopoetry Workshop
Limited Capacity full

Based on an “Urban Nature Ecopoetry Workshop” series I created in Philadelphia, this workshop will bring participants outdoors, onto the streets, notebook in hand. In this generative, interactive workshop, we will explore and experiment with ecopoetry. We will discuss what it means to write nature poetry in our historical moment, in the midst of the climate crisis. We will look at poems from a variety of periods, ranging from the Romantic tradition to contemporary experimental poetry. Sources will include Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, The Ecopoetry Anthology, and Earth Shattering: Ecopoems (among others). We will discuss how contemporary poets write from the environment, negotiate a sense of self in relation to the non-human world, and where the boundaries between “urban” and “nature” blur. Participants will be led on a poetry walking tour, with guided writing exercises, where we will use the local environment to spark poems.

Speakers
avatar for Hila Ratzabi

Hila Ratzabi

Founder, Red Sofa Salon & Poetry Workshop
Hila Ratzabi is a poet, freelance editor, writing coach, and workshop leader living in Philadelphia. She founded the Red Sofa Salon & Poetry Workshop and is the editor in chief of Storyscape Journal. She's been working on a manuscript of poems addressing climate change, which inspired her to create the ecopoetry workshop she is offering at the Mass Poetry Festival. Hila Ratzabi was selected by Adrienne Rich as a recipient of a National Writers... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Old Town Hall, 1st floor

12:30pm

Big Apple Blues- The songs of Yusef Komunyakaa & Tomás Doncker
Limited Capacity seats available

A one of kind event! The poetry/lyrics of Yusef Komunyakaa set to the dynamic "Future-Blues" Groove of The Tomás Doncker Band-
Featuring Komunyakaa/Doncker compositions from their two critically acclaimed albums "The Mercy Suite" and the recently released "Big Apple Blues."

Saturday May 2, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
PEM Morse Auditorium

1:00pm

Word Silhouettes

Use a traditional portraiture technique to share what’s on your mind.


Saturday May 2, 2015 1:00pm - 3:00pm
PEM Create Space

2:00pm

Cape Cod's Steeple Street Poets: Poems of Place, with an Open Mic
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Poetry of place is associated with, but not limited to the natural world. Poetry can be inspired by the workplace, a birthplace, an urban or rural landscape. The poetry of Philip Levine, Ted Kooser and B.H. Fairchild come to mind. Cape Cod has inspired poets such as Mary Oliver, Mark Doty, Brendan Galvin, Stanley Kunitz and Marge Piercy. The Steeple Street Poets, co-founders, James Kershner and Robin Smith-Johnson, and members, Judith Askew, Samm Carlton, Maeve Hitzenbuhler, Karen Klein, Laurel Kornhiser, Christina Laurie, Judith Partelow, Rich Youmans and Sheila Whitehouse will poems responding their connection with "place." Alice Kociemba will invite audience members to read a poem of place, as time allows.

Moderators
avatar for Alice Kociemba

Alice Kociemba

Founding Director, Calliope Poetry Series
Alice Kociemba is the Guest Editor of Common Thread (2015 & 2016). She is the director of Calliope, a poetry reading series, with winter craft workshops, at the West Falmouth Library, now completing its ninth season. For the past six years, she has facilitated a poetry discussion group at the Falmouth Public Library. Alice's first poetry collection, Bourne Bridge, was released in March 2016 by Turning Point.

Speakers
avatar for J. Lorraine Brown

J. Lorraine Brown

J. Lorraine Brown received a MA Grant and VSC Fellowship. She is a PNWA Zola Award winner. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser chose her poem for his nationwide newspaper column. Her chapbook, Skating on Bones, was a 2012 “Must-Read” Book of Poetry. She was included in Cape Cod’s Broadsides on the Bus 2014.
avatar for James Kershner

James Kershner

professor, Cape Cod Community College
James Kershner is the co-founder of Steeple Street Poets and a professor at Cape Cod Community College, where he teaches a variety of classes, including creative writing. He is the author of The Elements of News Writing, and the upcoming text, The Elements of Academic Writing.
avatar for Judith Partelow

Judith Partelow

Reader, Steeple Street Poets
First chapbook, "A Woman's Heart," was published in 2014. I was a featured reader for National Poetry Month at the Wellfleet Library that year, and this year I am a featured reader at the Brewster Ladies' Library for NaPoMo. I'm a member of the Steeple Street Poets, Guyer Barn Poets and Scargo Hill Poets (new group!). I was the feature for Provincetown's Writers' Voice Cafe in July, and was recently interviewed on Seekonk Cable TV for Deb... Read More →
avatar for Robin Smith-Johnson

Robin Smith-Johnson

As a long-time resident of Cape Cod, Robin Smith-Johnson has been involved with several local poetry groups including the Lead Pencil Poets (Falmouth) and the Steeple Street Poets (Mashpee). Her poems have been published in CapeWomen, The Larcom Review, Sandscript and Yankee. Her book, Dream of the Antique Dealer’s Daughter, was published in Dec. 2013 by Word Poetry. She lives with her family in Mashpee, MA.
avatar for Rich Youmans

Rich Youmans

Rich Youmans' haiku and haibun have appeared in various journals and anthologies, and his collection of linked haibun with Maggie Chula, Shadow Lines, won a Merit Book Award from the Haiku Society of America. A former New Jersey resident, he co-edited (with Frank Finale) the anthology Under a Gull’s Wing: Poems and Photographs of the Jersey Shore. He now lives on Cape Cod and is a member of the Steeple Street Poets.


Saturday May 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Old Town Hall, 2nd floor

2:00pm

Coming Home: Four Veteran Poets on Returning
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Four veterans will each read from their own work and discuss coming home, what it meant for them, what it has meant in literature, and how they see us dealing with these returns now. They’ll consider what their service and their return has meant in their work, and combine conversation and poems to present their thoughts.

Moderators
avatar for Jill McDonough

Jill McDonough

Lannan Fellowship and three-time Pushcart prize winner, Jill McDonough’s books of poems include Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), and Where You Live (Salt, 2012). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford’s Stegner program, she taught incarcerated college students through Boston University’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for George Kovach

George Kovach

Editor, CONSEQUENCE magazine
George Kovach is a poet and founding editor and publisher of CONSEQUENCE Magazine, the literary journal addressing the culture and consequences of war. He directs a series of writing workshops for war veterans at the Vet Center in Brockton, Massachusetts. Highly decorated for action in combat, he served in Vietnam with the US Army’s 25th Infantry Division, 1969-70.
avatar for Fred Marchant

Fred Marchant

Emeritus Professor of English, Suffolk University
Fred Marchant is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which is The Looking House (Graywolf Press). His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Word Works Washington Prize in poetry, and has been reissued in a 20th anniversary second edition. He has a new book, The Day Later, coming out from Graywolf Press in 2016. He is also the co-translator of From a Corner of My Yard, by Tran Dang Khoa, and is the editor of Another World... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hawthorne Library

2:00pm

Rightin' Words Poetry Open Mic
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“Rightin’ Words” Poetry Open-Mic where the audience is the feature! Festival goers are encouraged to attend and share their own written pieces on stage in a friendly, inviting setting. First come, first serve signups, event starts at 1:30PM! Come express yourselves and share your writings!

Speakers
avatar for James Soule

James Soule

Muriel Soule has discovered that she was actually he and also the only way to live is to leave a legacy. Therefore, he will leave one of words and tentacles.

Producers
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CJ Rizzo

beatnik bohemian poet, artist, musician, bmxer, surfer, gypsypiratewitch, health inspector, paranormal investigator, fire spinner, filmmaker, photographer, tarot reader, minstrel street performer, merry prankster, shaman, philanthropist, Jedi, and human being from Salem, Massachusetts. Host of “Rightin’ Words” poetry open mic/writers group in Salem and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival 2014 & 2015. Works include his first chapbook... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jo' Freedom Café 196 Essex St., Salem MA

2:00pm

Queer as Family, or, The F Word
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GLBT liberation has changed most of the “givens” that queer people once experienced as family members. With same-sex marriage legalized, more widespread acceptance by families of origin, and parenthood by various avenues (from artificial insemination to adoption) more common, what “family” can mean has changed dramatically.

How has this shifting landscape informed our identities as queer poets, and influenced the artistic choices we make in our work? Are our poems reactions to events unfolding around us, or have we been instrumental in inspiring today’s more tolerant attitudes?

Four poets (Christopher Hennessy, Gail Thomas, Pilar Quintana, and Steven Riel) who come from diverse backgrounds will read selections of their poetry while discussing how they employ poetic craft to illuminate family-related topic from a queer perspective.

Speakers
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Christopher Hennessy

Christopher Hennessy is the author of three books, including two collections of interviews with gay writers, Outside the Lines: Talking with Contemporary Gay Poets (University of Michigan Press) and Our Deep Gossip: Conversations with Gay Writers on Poetry and Desire (University of Wisconsin Press). His debut book of poems, Love-In-Idleness (Brooklyn Arts Press) was a finalist for the Thom Gunn Award. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of... Read More →
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Pilar Quintana

poet, artist, musician, actor, Grey Court Poets
Pilar Quintana has published poetry about growing up genderqueer, and is currently working on a book of poems dealing with the roles that family, religion, and society play in our acceptance of gender and sexual identities. A member of the Grey Court Poets, her poems have appeared in the anthology Songs From the Castle's Remains, and Athens, GA's Word of Mouth. She has also appeared as a guest on local TV programs speaking about the craft of... Read More →
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Steven Riel

Poet, Author of Fellow Odd Fellow, Harvard University Library
Steven Riel is the author of one full-length collection of poetry, Fellow Odd Fellow, published by Trio House Press in 2014, as well as three chapbooks of poetry: How to Dream, The Spirit Can Crest, and most recently, Postcard from P-town, which was selected as runner-up for the inaugural Robin Becker Chapbook Prize and published in 2009 by Seven Kitchens Press. His poems have appeared in several anthologies and in numerous periodicals, including... Read More →
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Gail Thomas

Poet & Educator
Gail Thomas has published three books of poetry, Waving Back (Turning Point), No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley (Haley’s), and Finding the Bear (Perugia). Her poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including The Beloit Poetry Journal, Calyx, Hanging Loose, The Evergreen Chronicles, North American Review, The Chiron Review, Cider Press Review, and The Naugatuck River Review. She is the recipient of... Read More →

Producers
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Steven Riel

Poet, Author of Fellow Odd Fellow, Harvard University Library
Steven Riel is the author of one full-length collection of poetry, Fellow Odd Fellow, published by Trio House Press in 2014, as well as three chapbooks of poetry: How to Dream, The Spirit Can Crest, and most recently, Postcard from P-town, which was selected as runner-up for the inaugural Robin Becker Chapbook Prize and published in 2009 by Seven Kitchens Press. His poems have appeared in several anthologies and in numerous periodicals, including... Read More →

Volunteers
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Amanda Hope

Poet & librarian

Saturday May 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hawthorne Essex Room

2:00pm

The Golden Shovel: A New Poetic Form that Honors Gwendolyn Brooks
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This interactive panel / performance will celebrate the continued influence of Gwendolyn Brooks through the introduction of the "Golden Shovel," a form created by MacArthur genius grant winner Terrance Hayes where he draws on Brooks' much-anthologized poem, “We Real Cool" and secretly encodes the words into his own poem. This new form encourages one to borrow in order to create and draws upon the genius of Ms. Brooks’ poetry.

We have received poems from National Poet Laureates from the U.S., England, Scotland and Canada; from Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Winners; and from a National Teen Poet Laureate. The session will cover the story behind the Golden Shovel Anthology: from Terrance Hayes’ poem, to Peter’s work with high school students, to Ravi and Patricia’s involvement. We will then discuss the form itself, look at some poems by Ms. Brooks and have time to write/share some Golden Shovel poems.

Speakers
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Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), was named one of the best books of the... Read More →
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Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn’s “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City” (Norton, 2004), won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir, and has been translated into ten languages. He is also the author of two book of poetry, “Some Ether” (Graywolf, 2000), which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and “Blind Huber" (Graywolf, 2002). He has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Library of Congress, The Amy Lowell Trust, and... Read More →
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Adrian Matejka

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in California and Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His first collection of poems,The Devil’s Garden, won the 2002 New York / New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was published by Penguin Books in... Read More →
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Gail Mazur

GAIL MAZUR is author of six books of poems, including Figures in a Landscape, Zeppo’s First Wife, winner of the Massachusetts book Prize and finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; and They Can’t Take That Away from Me, finalist for the National Book Award. She was founder and for nearly 30 years director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge and is Distinguished Writer in Residence in the MFA Program of Emerson College. She is... Read More →
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Wesley Rothman

Wesley Rothman's poems and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in 32 Poems, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Narrative Magazine, New England Review, Poet Lore, Post Road, Prairie Schooner, Vinyl, and The White Review, among other venues. He has worked with Copper Canyon Press, Ploughshares, Salamander, and Tupelo Quarterly, and teaches writing and cultural literatures at Emerson College, Berklee College of... Read More →
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Lloyd Schwartz

Frederick S. Troy Professor of English, University of Massachusetts Boston
Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and teaches in the MFA program. He is a commentator on music and the arts for National Public Radio's Fresh Air, Senior Editor of Classical Music for New York Arts, and Contributing Arts Critic for WBUR’s The ARTery. For 35 years he was the Classical Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism... Read More →
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Ravi Shankar

Executive Director, Drunken Boat
Pushcart Prize winning poet Ravi Shankar founded Drunken Boat, co-edited W.W. Norton & Co.’s “Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond,” and has published or forthcoming 10 books and chapbooks of poetry and translation, including the 2005 Connecticut Book Award finalist “Instrumentality” and the 2011 National Poetry Review Prize winner “Deepening Groove.” He has appeared in the New York... Read More →

Producers
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Ravi Shankar

Executive Director, Drunken Boat
Pushcart Prize winning poet Ravi Shankar founded Drunken Boat, co-edited W.W. Norton & Co.’s “Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond,” and has published or forthcoming 10 books and chapbooks of poetry and translation, including the 2005 Connecticut Book Award finalist “Instrumentality” and the 2011 National Poetry Review Prize winner “Deepening Groove.” He has appeared in the New York... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
PEM East India Marine Hall

2:00pm

The Poetics of Loss: Writing About Private, Public and Historical Grief
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How do we write—and write well—about grief and loss? Can poetry of personal grief console family, friends or the poet him or herself? Can poetry of communal grief console a community or nation? How can poets contribute to the search for meaning at a time of personal or collective crisis? How should poets respond to the ceremonies of loss? Is it the poet's responsibility to articulate hope and the possibility of redemption in the face of loss?
A panel of poets will discuss the poetics of loss: public, private and historical grief. Anderson, a Vietnam veteran writes about that war and its relevance to the present. Michelson writes about everything from the Holocaust to his father's murder. Espada’s best-known work is the 9/11 poem “Alabanza,” but has recently been writing about the death of his own father. Moderator Freeman is the publisher of Paris Press.

Moderators
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Jan Freeman

Director, Paris Press
People should talk with Jan Freeman about poetry and publishing, creating a press, editing anthologies, and of course -- The Poetics of Loss. | | She is the author of Hyena and Simon Says, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a chapbook, Autumn Sequence. Her chapbook Silence and her newly revised manuscript of poems, Blue Structure have been finalists and semifinalists for several poetry competitions. Her poems... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Doug Anderson

Doug Anderson

Doug Anderson's first full-length book of poems, The Moon Reflected Fire, won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and his second book, Blues for Unemployed Secret Police, a grant from the Academy of American Poets. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and other funding organizations. He has taught at Smith and Emerson Colleges, and... Read More →
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Martín Espada

Martín Espada has published more than fifteen books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His forthcoming collection of poems is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), and Alabanza (2003). His honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer... Read More →
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Richard Michelson

Richard Michelson is the author of More Money than God (Pitt Poetry Series, February 2015), Battles and Lullabies (U of Illinois), Tap Dancing for the Relatives (U of Florida), and two fine press collaborations with the artist Leonard Baskin’s Gehenna Press. His many children’s books have been listed among the Ten Best of the Year by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The New Yorker; and among the Best Dozen of the Decade by Amazon.com... Read More →

Producers
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Richard Michelson

Richard Michelson is the author of More Money than God (Pitt Poetry Series, February 2015), Battles and Lullabies (U of Illinois), Tap Dancing for the Relatives (U of Florida), and two fine press collaborations with the artist Leonard Baskin’s Gehenna Press. His many children’s books have been listed among the Ten Best of the Year by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The New Yorker; and among the Best Dozen of the Decade by Amazon.com... Read More →

Volunteers
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Abigail Warren

Associate Professor, Cambridge College
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Saturday May 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hawthorne Sophia Room

2:00pm

Conversations with the Sea: Poetry and Underwater Photographs
Limited Capacity seats available

Part of what I love about scuba diving is being immersed in a complex world not my own, a world with its own currents and relationships that I’m privileged to witness and commemorate through photography and poetry. This reading and underwater photo and video presentation weaves together images from all over the world, from the pygmy seahorse to the giant Pacific manta. The poems are inspired by the sea, its creatures, and my desire-based life.

Moderators
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Marie-Elizabeth Mali

Author of STEADY, MY GAZE (Tebot Bach, 2011) and co-editor of VILLANELLES (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets, 2012) with Annie Finch."I looked out the windowAnd I saw that ragged soul take flight"—Joni MitchellRing the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in. —Leonard Cohen

Saturday May 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
PEM Bartlett Gallery

2:00pm

Naugatuck River Review presents a workshop on Narrative Poetry
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Storytelling is the way humans impart their traditions and feelings through the generations. Poets and editors from Naugatuck River Review (a journal of narrative poetry) will present a workshop on writing our stories in compressed narrative, concentrating on the inclusion of a strong emotional core and the elements of story such as plot, setting and lyrical language.

Moderators
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Lori Desrosiers

Publisher, Naugatuck River Review
Lori Desrosiers is a poet and the publisher of Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry, and WORDPEACE.CO an online journal of social justice. She is the author of two books of poetry, "The Philosopher's Daughter" and "Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak" both from Salmon Poetry. She also has a chapbook "Inner Sky" (Glass Lyre Press).

Speakers
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Oonagh Doherty

Oonagh Doherty was born in Scotland, and grew up in both the United Kingdom and the United States. She is seriously interested in poetry about cultural clashes, connections between people who seem very different, globalization, desire, misunderstanding, love, and loss. She has published prose in 34th Parallel, The Connecticut Review, and Epiphany and has published poetry in many venues, including Margie – The American Journal of Poetry... Read More →
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Howie Faerstein

Westfield State University
Howie Faerstein’s full-length book of poetry, Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn, a selection of the Silver Concho Poetry Series, was published in 2013 by Press 53. His work can be found in numerous journals, including Great River Review, Nimrod (finalist in the Pablo Neruda Poetry Contest), CutThroat (featured as Discovery Poet), The Comstock Review, Off the Coast, Mudfish, and on-line in Gris-Gris, Connotation Press and Pirene’s Fountain... Read More →
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Em Jollie

Poet. Artist. Lover of the Living Earth. em jollie celebrates all genres of creative expression. In addition to writing poetry she is developing several prose pieces. Many of her hours are dedicated to gardening, crafting, making visual art, and playing traditional wood flutes. She serves as editor of Toe Good Poetry journal, associate editor of Naugatuck River Review, and associate editor of The Silkworm Journal. Her work has appeared in various... Read More →
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Ellen LaFleche

Ellen LaFleche has published three chapbooks of poetry: Workers Rites (Providence Athenaeum); Ovarian (Dallas Poets Community Press); and Beatrice (Tiger's Eye Press.) She is a winner of the Philbrick Poetry Prize, the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, New Millennium Writings Poetry Prize (shared with Jim Glenn Thatcher) and the Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Prize. She is assistant judge for the North Street Book Prize at winningwriters.com.


Saturday May 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Charter School Room 1

2:00pm

Rhythm and Rhyme and a Jumpin' Good Time
Limited Capacity seats available

In this interactive workshop, families will sing, bop, drum, and collage to rhythm and rhyme, inspired by picture books written by husband and wife writing team Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender. Featured titles include: My Subway Ride, Fire Drill, and NASCAR 1, 2, 3's among others. Kids of all ages will have the chance to feel the beat, finish the rhyme, write their own poems, and make their own books using an assortment of materials. Book projects may include: accordion books, wish scrolls; necklace books, mini-books, etc.

Speakers
avatar for Paul DuBois Jacobs

Paul DuBois Jacobs

Paul is a poet and writer of books for young readers. He has co-authored several pictures books with wife, Jennifer Swender, as well as four works with legendary folk musician and activist, Pete Seeger. Paul is also a long-time member of the Pioneer Valley's Group 18.
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Jennifer Swender

A former elementary school teacher, Jennifer now writes books for young readers in addition to other curriculum-related projects. She has co-written seven pictures books with husband Paul DuBois Jacobs. Her first middle grade novel will be published with Crown Books in Fall 2016.

Producers
avatar for Jennifer Swender

Jennifer Swender

A former elementary school teacher, Jennifer now writes books for young readers in addition to other curriculum-related projects. She has co-written seven pictures books with husband Paul DuBois Jacobs. Her first middle grade novel will be published with Crown Books in Fall 2016.


Saturday May 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Universalist Church

2:00pm

Wild/Nature: Writing in the Natural World
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This is a generative writing workshop in which our reading and discussion of several so-called "nature" poems will provide examples and strategies that we can follow in our own creative writing. Come ready to experiment as we deepen our sensitivity toward the other-than-human-world by writing vivid, ecologically engaged texts that preserve some portion of the wild through their making, but also in the way this kind of writing invites attention and even advocacy, when read by others. (Bring your notebook.)

Speakers
avatar for Holly Wren Spaulding

Holly Wren Spaulding

Founder / Teacher, Poetry Forge
Holly Wren Spaulding is a writer, reader, editor and teacher of poetry. She hosts writing workshops at Poetry Forge (Easthampton, MA) and is on the creative writing faculty of Interlochen College of Creative Arts (Interlochen, Michigan). She runs poetry apprenticeships, facilitates creative retreats, and cultivates spaces and relationships where a spirit of mindfulness and solidarity supports the collective, ongoing efforts of writers, cultural... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
PEM Studio 2

2:00pm

Working Hard or Hardly Working: Poetry of Work
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The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office. –Robert Frost


Honest labor or soul-sucking drudgery? A way to nirvana, or something to plod through on one’s way to leisure? Office work, housework, school work, physical labor. Work that’s respected and work that’s denigrated. Day jobs or not. And of course, creative work. We will read poems and explore the world of work, from philosophy and attitudes to the observed particulars—the environment, language, ideas, hierarchies, and emotional tone of the worksite. Then, our work will begin—writing our own work poems.

Speakers
avatar for Marjorie Tesser

Marjorie Tesser

Editor in Chief, Mom Egg Review
Marjorie Tesser is the editor in chief of Mom Egg Review, author of poetry chapbooks THE IMPORTANT THING IS (Firewheel Chapbook Award), and The Magic Feather (Finishing Line), and co-editor of the anthologies Bowery Women and Estamos Aquí: Poems by Migrant Farmworkers (Bowery Books), and Travellin' Mama: Mothers, Motherhood and Travel, forthcoming from Demeter Press.


Saturday May 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
PEM Studio 1

3:15pm

Flatline Poetry
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Since their formation in 2013, Flatline Poetry has taken the Boston poetry community by storm. The group won the 2013 Poetry Award for Best Poetry Group and was featured at Wheelock College’s 2014 Half Year Program. In addition, the poets of Flatline Poetry have performed, hosted open mics, or provided workshops at various venues across the East Coast, including: The Apollo Theater, AS220, Bridgewater State University, Busboys and Poets, The Bowery Poetry Club, Boys and Girls Clubs, The Cantab Lounge, Clark University, Columbia College, Emerson College, The Lizard Lounge, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, The Middle East, The Neuyorican, The New Hampshire State House, Northeastern University, The Oberon Theater, Simmons College, The Smithsonian, and Wheelock College.

In this dynamic performance, Lewis Morris, Kaleigh O'Keefe, and Lissa Piercy come together to combine both individual and group poems with music and vocals. This is not a show to be missed!

Saturday May 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Old Town Hall, 1st floor

3:15pm

Group 18/Open Field Press: A Conversation in Poetry
Limited Capacity seats available

Group 18 is a Northampton poetry workshop founded by Jack Gilbert, Linda Gregg, and Jim Finnegan more than a quarter century ago. Some thirty-four poets have joined the group over the years, among them a recipient of the Pablo Neruda Prize, several National Endowment for the Arts Fellows, and a Pulitzer finalist. Open Field Press, a cooperative endeavor of Group 18, has published an anthology of poetry by past and present members as well as individual collections. This reading offers selections from those books and other work, arranged as a composition in which the poems interweave, conversing with one another from reader to reader.

Speakers
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Rosalyn Driscoll

Rosalyn Driscoll is a sculptor as well as a poet. Her recent book, Conjured from Dust, has photographs of her sculptures mingled with the poems.
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Margaret Lloyd

Margaret Lloyd was born in Liverpool, England of Welsh parents and grew up in a Welsh community in central New York State. Forged Light (Open Field Press) is her third collection of poems. Alice James Books brought out her first collection, This Particular Earthly Scene. Plinth Books published A Moment in the Field: Voices from Arthurian Legend. In addition, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press published William Carlos Williams’ Paterson: A... Read More →
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Henry Lyman

Henry Lyman’s work has appeared in The Nation, New England Watershed, The New York Times, Poetry, and other periodicals. Open Field Press published his collection The Land Has Its Say in April of this year. He edited Robert Francis’s new and uncollected poems Late Fire, Late Snow and an anthology of New England poetry, After Frost, both published by The University of Massachusetts Press. From 1976 to 1994 he hosted and produced Poems to a... Read More →
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Missy-Marie Montgomery

Missy-Marie Montgomery is Professor of English and Humanities at Springfield College. Her work has appeared in over 25 literary magazines, including Bellevue Literary Review, Connecticut Review, Poetry International, Rattle, Pearl, Cimarron Review, and Crab Orchard Review. Her chapbook, The Blue Gate, was published in 2009 by Pudding House Press, and her book Half-life of Passion is due out in April, 2015, by Open Field Press.
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Bill O'Connell

Bill O’Connell is the author of two collections of poems, Sakonnet Point and On The Map To Your Life. His poems have been published in The Sun, Green Mountains Review, Poetry East, and others. He teaches creative writing and literature at Greenfield Community College in Western Massachusetts.

Producers
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Henry Lyman

Henry Lyman’s work has appeared in The Nation, New England Watershed, The New York Times, Poetry, and other periodicals. Open Field Press published his collection The Land Has Its Say in April of this year. He edited Robert Francis’s new and uncollected poems Late Fire, Late Snow and an anthology of New England poetry, After Frost, both published by The University of Massachusetts Press. From 1976 to 1994 he hosted and produced Poems to a... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Universalist Church

3:15pm

Making It New
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Four poets, all of whom are faculty in the creative writing program at Suffolk University, will read from new work, both poems and translations. Each poet will aim to identify what he or she believes is new in the work that was read. It might be a new theme or a new form, or it could be a discovery about a given word or phrase or rhythm or figure of speech. Perhaps too the poem surprised the poet with something he or she had never thought of until the moment of composition. Overall the reading and discussion will offer a compendium of the various ways a poet might adapt and enact and even question Pound’s enduring injunction to “make it new.”

Moderators
avatar for Fred Marchant

Fred Marchant

Emeritus Professor of English, Suffolk University
Fred Marchant is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which is The Looking House (Graywolf Press). His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Word Works Washington Prize in poetry, and has been reissued in a 20th anniversary second edition. He has a new book, The Day Later, coming out from Graywolf Press in 2016. He is also the co-translator of From a Corner of My Yard, by Tran Dang Khoa, and is the editor of Another World... Read More →

Speakers
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Jennifer Barber

Scholar in Residence/Editor, Suffolk/Salamander
Jennifer Barber teaches literature and creative writing at Suffolk University in Boston, where she is also founding and current editor of the literary journal Salamander. Her poetry collections are Works on Paper, which received the 2015 Tenth Gate Prize (The Word Works, 2106), and Given Away and Rigging the Wind, both from Kore Press (2012, 2003). She is happy to talk about anything related to Suffolk, to literary journals, to teaching poetry... Read More →
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David Ferry

DAVID FERRY’S most recent book of poems, Bewilderment (The University of Chicago Press), won the 2012 National Book Award. He is an acclaimed translator of the Gilgamesh epic, the Odes of Horace, and the works of Virgil. He also is the author of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems, and On This Side of the River, a selected poems forthcoming in the U.K. He is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University.
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George Kalogeris

Professor, Suffolk University
Poetry in Translation | Classics


Saturday May 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
PEM Bartlett Gallery

3:15pm

Aloha Winter, Aloha Spring
In extreme winters like this one, what is there to do but cuddle up under thick blankets and write? (Post shoveling, that is.) In this reading, we will wave goodbye to winter and hello to spring by reading the winter- or spring-themed poems we've written during this thick season of snow. Bring one poem on winter or spring (three minutes or less) to read to the Mass Poetry audience. Sign up will take place at the event, first-come first-served. We’ll host as many poems as time will allow. 

Producers
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Laurin Macios

Program Director, Mass Poetry
Laurin Macios was born in Miami, Florida and raised just short of everywhere (Florida, Germany, North Carolina, Colorado, and Holland). She has her MFA in Creative Writing Poetry from the University of New Hampshire and is Program Director of Mass Poetry. She previously worked in publishing (Springer, Apress, & Pearson) and taught writing courses at UNH. She lives in Boston with six plants and one wicked awesome husband. Her... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
PEM East India Marine Hall

3:15pm

The State of Poetry
Limited Capacity seats available

A diverse panel of poets will engage in a free flowing discussion about the state of poetry today: who gets published (and who doesn’t), the impact of new technologies, trends in craft, and poets and poetry’s connection to the events and to the social context of our times. Hosted by Jennifer Jean.

Speakers
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Stephen Burt

Stephen Burt is a poet, literary critic, and professor. In 2012, the New York Times called Burt “one of the most influential poetry critics of his generation.” He grew up around Washington, DC and earned a BA from Harvard and PhD from Yale. Burt has published three collections of poems: Belmont (2013),Parallel Play (2006), andPopular Music (1999). Burt has taught at Macalester... Read More →
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Denise Duhamel

Denise Duhamel’s most recent book of poetry Blowout (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of a 2014 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her other books include Ka-Ching! (Pittsburgh, 2009), Two and Two (Pittsburgh, 2005),Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (Pittsburgh, 2001), The Star-Spangled Banner (winner of the Crab Orchard Award... Read More →
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Martin Farawell

Director, Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Poet and playwright Martin Jude Farawell directs the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and Poetry Program. Martin arrived at the Dodge Foundation with two decades of experience coordinating poetry reading series, teaching poetry and creative writing, and working in all areas of performance production as a member of several ensemble theater companies. He is the author of a chapbook “Genesis: A Sequence of Poems,” and his work has appeared... Read More →
avatar for Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson is a poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator. Gibson and his work appear in the film Love Jones, based largely on events in his life. In 1999 he performed for the award-winning Traffic Series at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater where he adapted the work of Kurt Vonnegut. In addition, he has performed at The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Field... Read More →
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Jennifer Jean

Co-director, Morning Garden Artist Retreats
Jennifer Jean's debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table, 2013); her chapbooks include: The Archivist, and In the War. Her poetry and prose have appeared, or are forthcoming, in: Rattle, Drunken Boat, Crab Creek Review, Waxwing, Caketrain, Denver Quarterly, Tidal Basin Review, Solstice, Green Mountains Review, Mud City Journal, and more. She is Co-director of the Morning Garden Artist Retreats, Poetry Editor for The Mom Egg Review, and... Read More →

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Jennifer Jean

Co-director, Morning Garden Artist Retreats
Jennifer Jean's debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table, 2013); her chapbooks include: The Archivist, and In the War. Her poetry and prose have appeared, or are forthcoming, in: Rattle, Drunken Boat, Crab Creek Review, Waxwing, Caketrain, Denver Quarterly, Tidal Basin Review, Solstice, Green Mountains Review, Mud City Journal, and more. She is Co-director of the Morning Garden Artist Retreats, Poetry Editor for The Mom Egg Review, and... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
PEM Morse Auditorium

3:15pm

What Good Can A Poet Do? Raising Voices Within Our Communities
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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.

Moderators
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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.

Speakers
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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

3:15pm

The Origin of Words: Immersive Music & Poetry Performance
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"The Origin of Words" is an original performance that brings together poetry & instrument improvisations from Boston-based performing artist Mariya Deykute and world-class jazz musician Leo Loginov-Katz. Exploring the origin of expression and the creation of personal myth, the performance is unique in its involvement of the audience (on a volunteer basis) and in the improvised nature of the music and soundscape created by Leo Loginov-Katz.

Speakers
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Mariya Deykute

co-founder, Boston Poetry & Jazz Salon
I am a Russian-born poet, writer, teacher & performing artist. | | I have taught courses to the homeless, undergraduates, prison inmates, elementary school kids, high school students & seniors throughout Massachusetts. I've performed my work at the Somerville Center for the Arts, the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, 236 Gallery, the Brookline Booksmith and numerous venues in New England and beyond. | | I currently teach private & group... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Old Town Hall, 2nd floor

7:30pm

Rita Dove and Richard Blanco Headline Event
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Join us for this extraordinary poetry reading with acclaimed poets Rita Dove and Richard Blanco. This event is not to be missed!

Speakers
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Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco is the author of the memoirs The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey; the poetry chapbooks One Today and Boston Strong; and the poetry collections Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires. In 2013, Blanco was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, becoming the youngest, first Latino... Read More →
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Rita Dove

Rita Dove is a former U.S. Poet Laureate (1993-1995) and recipient of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Thomas and Beulah. The author of nine poetry collections, most recently Sonata Mulattica (2009) and American Smooth (2004), as well as a collection of short stories, a novel, and a play, she also edited The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry (2011). She has received numerous... Read More →

Producers
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Mass Poetry

Mass Poetry
Mass Poetry supports poets and poetry in Massachusetts. We help to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bring poetry to readers of all ages and transform people’s lives through inspiring verse. We are a tax exempt, non-profit organization. Programs and events include: The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Poetry on the T, Common Threads, Student Day of Poetry, U35 Reading Series, and Educator Professional Development.


Saturday May 2, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Universalist Church

9:45pm

Rachel Wiley, Regie Gibson Saturday Late-night Event
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Join Rachel Wiley and Regie Gibson as they give a late-night performance you won’t want to miss. 


Speakers
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Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson is a poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator. Gibson and his work appear in the film Love Jones, based largely on events in his life. In 1999 he performed for the award-winning Traffic Series at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater where he adapted the work of Kurt Vonnegut. In addition, he has performed at The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Field... Read More →
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Rachel Wiley

Rachel Wiley is known for her honest, witty, and sometimes sassy poetry that touches body image, romance, and feminism. From Columbus, Ohio, she attended the Theatre Studies program at Capital University. She tours colleges and slam venues nationwide. Her work has been featured by the Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, Frigg Magazine, Drunken Boat, and Nailed Magazine. Her first full length poetry collection "Fat Girl Finishing School " was... Read More →

Producers
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Mass Poetry

Mass Poetry
Mass Poetry supports poets and poetry in Massachusetts. We help to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bring poetry to readers of all ages and transform people’s lives through inspiring verse. We are a tax exempt, non-profit organization. Programs and events include: The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Poetry on the T, Common Threads, Student Day of Poetry, U35 Reading Series, and Educator Professional Development.


Saturday May 2, 2015 9:45pm - 11:00pm
Finz 76 Wharf St, Salem, MA 01970
 
Sunday, May 3
 

10:00am

Mad-Lib Muse

Loosen up your imagination using a childhood game as a creative prompt. Get the words flowing with fillin-the-blank templates.


Sunday May 3, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
PEM Atrium

10:00am

Paint Chip Poetry

Choose a swatch and let the colors inspire you with words and images.


Sunday May 3, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
PEM Atrium

10:15am

Comstock Review 30th Anniversary - Celebrating Massachusetts Poets
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For 30 years, the Comstock Review has been publishing and has awarding more than $30,000 in our contest prizes. An independent journal with an all-volunteer staff of poets who love the craft and those who write in the genre, CR has featured many MA poets throughout the years. In celebration of three decades in print and the marvelous contributors from across the state who have graced our pages, we gather to hear voices that we admire so greatly. Hosted by Georgia A. Popoff, CR senior editor

Speakers
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Grey Held

I am a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing. My first book of poems, Two-Star General was published by Brick Road Poetry Press in 2012. My second book of poems Spilled Milk was published by Word Press in 2013. Through a prison outreach program I have led poetry writing workshops for prisoners in the Northeastern Correctional Center in Concord, MA. Through my collaboration with the City of Newton (MA) I... Read More →
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Brionne Janae

Brionne Janae is from California, and currently lives Boston where she is finishing her MFA in poetry at Emerson College. Brionne's work has been published or is forthcoming in Apogee Journal, Fjords Review, Toe Good Poetry, and Redivider among others. She is also the winner of the 2014 Muriel Craft Bailey Contest at the Comstock Review. Brionne is a Cave Canem Fellow, and currently working on her first collection of poems.
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Tara Skurtu

Poet, Teacher, Translator, Boston University Prison Education Program
Tara Skurtu, originally from South Florida, is a poet and translator living in Boston. She is the recipient of a 2015-16 Fulbright, a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, and two Academy of American Poets prizes. Tara teaches incarcerated college students through Boston University's Prison Education Program. Her recent poems appear or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Poetry Wales, Poetry Review, Plume, Memorious, Salamander, and Poet Lore. Her... Read More →

Producers
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Georgia Popoff

Georgia A. Popoff, is an educator, arts-in-education specialist, Comstock Review senior editor, Downtown Writers Center Workshops Coordinator and faculty member with two poetry collections and coauthor of a book for teachers on poetry in K-12 classrooms. Her fourth book is forthcoming in June 2015 from Tiger Bark Press in 2015.


Sunday May 3, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Hawthorne Library

10:15am

Emerging Jewish Poets
Limited Capacity seats available

Jewish people are called the “people of the book,” but what does it mean to be a contemporary Jewish poet? What are the parameters of a Jewish poem? In this reading, four emerging Jewish poets and spoken-word artists begin to answer these questions. Exploring a diverse array of subjects, from a queering of Queen Esther to superheroes and Paraguayan tarot. Poets will share and discuss their works that celebrate explicitly and implicitly the humor, subversion, memory, and intertextuality quintessential to Jewish culture and tradition. After the reading, poets invite the audience to join the conversation and share their own stories.

Speakers
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Elana Friedland

Editor, Window Cat Press
Elana Friedland is a Boston-based poet, musician, and theatre-maker. Originally from the Midwest, she is co-founder and co-editor of Window Cat Press, an online magazine for emerging artists. Her writing can be found in Broad! and the Jewish Journal.
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Emily Jaeger

Poet, Editor, Window Cat Press
Emily Jaeger is an MFA candidate at UMASS Boston and co-editor/co-founder of Window Cat Press. A Literary Lambda and TENT fellow, her poetry has appeared in Four Way Review, Soundings East, and Rust + Moth among others. Her chapbook The Evolution of Parasites is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press (July 2016).
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LynleyShimat Lys

LynleyShimat Lys just moved back to New York after five years in Jerusalem, studying Middle Eastern Studies (Palestinian Poetry, Arabic, Hebrew, Pahlavi) at Hebrew University. She works in academic publishing in Non-English article abstracting and indexing. She is studying in the poetry track of the Queens College MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation. Her poetry interests involve African American women poets, plays in verse, and... Read More →

Producers
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Emily Jaeger

Poet, Editor, Window Cat Press
Emily Jaeger is an MFA candidate at UMASS Boston and co-editor/co-founder of Window Cat Press. A Literary Lambda and TENT fellow, her poetry has appeared in Four Way Review, Soundings East, and Rust + Moth among others. Her chapbook The Evolution of Parasites is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press (July 2016).


Sunday May 3, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
PEM Studio 1

10:15am

The Poetry of Loss
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The poet Gregory Orr has said "every encounter with disorder of any sort that results in a poem is a successful encounter in the most basic sense...namely, the poet survived." Loss--expected and unexpected--is universal. Lyric poetry lends itself to expressing the unique emotion, meaning, and impact of loss, as well as its common human and social dimensions. In this group reading, four Massachusetts poets--Myles Gordon, Miriam Greenspan, Becky Kennedy, and Ellen Steinbaum--who have survived profound personal losses including caring for a dying mother, the illness and death of a spouse, sudden death of a child, and the ravages of addiction in the family, will read from their work on a subject that touches all of us. Participate in the power of poetry to sustain both the poet and the audience in facing grievous losses and celebrating life. There will be time for questions and discussion following the readings.

Moderators
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Miriam Greenspan

Miriam Greenspan has been a psychotherapist, public speaker, workshop leader, and writer for the past 40 years--author of A New Approach to Women & Therapy, which helped pioneer the field of feminist therapy; and Healing Through the Dark Emotions: the Wisdom of Grief, Fear, & Despair, a Boston Globe bestseller and winner of the 2004 gold Nautilus Award in psychology. In a previous career, she taught writing and literature at the University of... Read More →

Speakers
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Myles Gordon

Myles Gordon's book, Inside The Splintered Wood (Tebot Bach) was named a "Must read" 2014 by the Massachusetts Center For The Book. He is a past winner of the Grolier Poetry Prize, the Evening Street Press Chapbook Competition, and an honorable mention for the AWP Intro Award. His chapbook, Until It Does Us In, was recently published by Cervena Barva Press. He teaches English in the Boston area.
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Becky Kennedy

Becky Kennedy received her BA in English and her PhD in linguistics from Harvard University; she lives with her family in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. She teaches courses in language structure, language acquisition, literature, and creative writing at Lasell College, where she chairs the Humanities Department.
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Ellen Steinbaum

Poet, Journalist, Blogger
Ellen Steinbaum is the author of three poetry collections, "Afterwords," "Container Gardening," and "Brightness Falls." Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is included in Garrison Keillor’s “Good Poems, American Places” and “The Widows’ Handbook.” An award-winning journalist and former literary columnist for The Boston Globe,  she writes a blog, “Reading and Writing and the Occasional Recipe,” which can... Read More →


Sunday May 3, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Hawthorne Pickman Room

10:15am

Grief & Poetry: Crafting Loss
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Stanley Kunitz said, “So much of the power of a poem is in what it doesn't say as much as in what it does say.” Yet from Edgar Allen Poe’s chanted laments to Ellen Bryant Voigt’s Kyrie on the influenza epidemic to Mark Doty’s My Alexandria on AIDS, people turn to poetry to name the unnamable—grief, loss, sorrow. How do poems bring, if not solace or resolution, then understanding to the unknowable? What in the “secret language” of poetry (Kunitz) speaks to the language of grief? And what in the urge to write makes the vessel of poetry able to contain the emotions—successfully or unsuccessfully? Panelists will present and discuss poems, focusing on craft, and look to the audience to contribute their understanding.

Speakers
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Patrick Donnelly

Director, Poetry Seminar, The Frost Place
Patrick Donnelly’s books are The Charge (Ausable Press, 2003, since 2009 part of Copper Canyon Press) and Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin (Four Way Books, 2012), a 2013 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. In 2013 he received a U.S./Japan Creative Artists Program award, to fund a 3-month residency in Japan during 2014. Donnelly is director of the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, and an associate editor of Poetry... Read More →
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Danielle Legros Georges

Professor, Lesley University
Danielle Legros Georges is a professor in the Creative Arts and Learning Division at Lesley University. Her areas of interest include arts and education, contemporary American poetry, African-American poetry, Caribbean literature and studies, and literary translation. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, and a book of poems, Maroon, was published in 2001. She is current Poet Laureate of the city of Boston.
avatar for Frannie Lindsay

Frannie Lindsay

Frannie Lindsay‘s fourth volume of poetry, Our Vanishing, received the 2012 Benjamin Saltman Award by Red Hen Press. Her other books are Mayweed (2009, Word Works); Lamb (Perugia 2006); and Where She Always Was (Utah State University Press, 2004). Her work appears in Best American Poetry 2014. | | She is the 2008 winner in poetry of The Missouri Review Prize. She has been featured in Ted Kooser’s column American Life in Poetry, Writer’s... Read More →
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Anna M. Warrock

Anna M. Warrock's publications include the chapbooks Horizon, Smoke and Stone, and the forthcoming Turning to Go Back from Slate Roof Press. Her work appears in the anthology Kiss Me Goodnight, Poems and Stories by Women Who Were Girls When Their Mothers Died, Minnesota Book Award Finalist, for which she also wrote the introduction. Besides appearing in a number of literary and multidisciplinary magazines, her poems have been set to music... Read More →

Producers
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Anna M. Warrock

Anna M. Warrock's publications include the chapbooks Horizon, Smoke and Stone, and the forthcoming Turning to Go Back from Slate Roof Press. Her work appears in the anthology Kiss Me Goodnight, Poems and Stories by Women Who Were Girls When Their Mothers Died, Minnesota Book Award Finalist, for which she also wrote the introduction. Besides appearing in a number of literary and multidisciplinary magazines, her poems have been set to music... Read More →


Sunday May 3, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Old Town Hall, 1st floor

10:15am

Naming Your Roots: Seeds for Multi-Lingual, Multicultural Narrative Poems
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From the photographs we carry to the stories of our names, participants in this engaging workshop will be guided to write down and to share aloud "socs" (streams-of-consciousness), seeds for new poems, which share the presence or erasure of their own cultural, racial, ethnic and linguistic heritages.Participants will also further develop their own appreciation of the power of code-switching, namely, incorporating other languages or dialects into their poems. Limited to 15 workshop members (18+), from emerging to experienced.

Speakers
avatar for María Luisa Arroyo

María Luisa Arroyo

multilingual poet & educator, multilingual poet & educator
Named in 2014 as the first Poet Laureate of Springfield, MA, multilingual Puerto Rican poet María Luisa Arroyo enjoys facilitating engaging poetry workshops, from ekphrastic ones at the annual Monson (MA) Arts Festival to narrative ones at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival (DC). Additionally, María Luisa has read and performed her poetry widely, including in Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; and Puerto Rico. María Luisa has published or will... Read More →


Sunday May 3, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
PEM Studio 2

11:00am

Common Threads
Limited Capacity seats available

Rhina P. Espaillat, John Hodgen, Fred Marchant, and Alice Kociemba read and discuss the poems in Common Threads 2015.

Speakers
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Rhina P. Espaillat

Rhina P. Espaillat was born in the Dominican Republic under the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. After Espaillat’s great-uncle opposed the regime, her family was exiled to the United States and settled in New York City. She began writing poetry as a young girl—in Spanish and then English—and has published in both languages. She has published 11 books of poetry. A founding member and former director of the Powow River Poets... Read More →
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John Hodgen

John Hodgen has won the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry for Grace (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006) and the 2008 Chad Walsh Prize in Poetry from Beloit Poetry Journal. He lives in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and teaches at Assumption College in Worcester.
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Fred Marchant

Emeritus Professor of English, Suffolk University
Fred Marchant is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which is The Looking House (Graywolf Press). His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Word Works Washington Prize in poetry, and has been reissued in a 20th anniversary second edition. He has a new book, The Day Later, coming out from Graywolf Press in 2016. He is also the co-translator of From a Corner of My Yard, by Tran Dang Khoa, and is the editor of Another World... Read More →

Producers
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Alice Kociemba

Founding Director, Calliope Poetry Series
Alice Kociemba is the Guest Editor of Common Thread (2015 & 2016). She is the director of Calliope, a poetry reading series, with winter craft workshops, at the West Falmouth Library, now completing its ninth season. For the past six years, she has facilitated a poetry discussion group at the Falmouth Public Library. Alice's first poetry collection, Bourne Bridge, was released in March 2016 by Turning Point.



Sunday May 3, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
PEM Bartlett Gallery

11:30am

Poems of Love and War
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Poets Cathy Linh Che, Laren McClung and Bruce Weigl will read poems that reckon with love and war across generations.

Speakers
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Cathy Linh Che

Managing Director, Kundiman
Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. She has received awards from Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Kundiman, Hedgebrook, Poets House, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, and a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant. A founding editor of the online journal Paperbag, she is Managing Director... Read More →
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Laren McClung

Laren McClung is the author of Between Here and Monkey Mountain (Sheep Meadow Press). She received her MFA from New York University. Her work has appeared in reviews including Harvard Review; The Massachusetts Review; Painted Bride Quarterly; Copper Nickel; Cerise Press; The American Reader; PN Review; War, Literature and the Arts and elsewhere. She was awarded a Teachers and Writers Collaborative Van Lier Fellowship, and has taught year-long... Read More →
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Bruce Weigl

Bruce Weigl’s most recent poetry collection The Abundance of Nothing was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2013. Renowned translator and the author of thirteen poetry collections, including Song of Napalm and the best-selling memoir The Circle of Hanh, Weigl is past President of the Associated Writing Programs, and has been Chairperson of the Judging panel in Poetry for the National Book Award. He has been a recipient of the... Read More →

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Laren McClung

Laren McClung is the author of Between Here and Monkey Mountain (Sheep Meadow Press). She received her MFA from New York University. Her work has appeared in reviews including Harvard Review; The Massachusetts Review; Painted Bride Quarterly; Copper Nickel; Cerise Press; The American Reader; PN Review; War, Literature and the Arts and elsewhere. She was awarded a Teachers and Writers Collaborative Van Lier Fellowship, and has taught year-long... Read More →


Sunday May 3, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Hawthorne Library

11:30am

Remembering/Unburying Malcolm Miller
Limited Capacity seats available

We celebrate the writing of 83-year-old Salem poet Malcolm Miller, who died last September. An iconoclast and occasional curmudgeon, Miller had an original voice, sometimes witty, sometimes biting (sometimes lusty), that poked fun at hypocrisy and piety and that reveled in staying alive to life. After publishing three “legitimate” collections between 1969 and 1978, he turned away from the poetry establishment and self-published fifty-eight more books , mailing these to libraries, acquaintances ,and strangers, inviting contributions of $5. His readers and fans gather here in the hope of keeping the poems of Malcolm Miller alive and exposed to a wider audience.

Moderators
avatar for Rod Kessler

Rod Kessler

Professor Emeritus, Salem State University
In retirement Rod Kessler has begun to dig into the poetry and life of Salem poet Malcolm Miller (1930-2014).

Speakers
avatar for Maile Black

Maile Black

Maile Black does what she is told.
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M.P. Carver

M.P. Carver is a poet from Salem, MA
avatar for Linda Flaherty Haltmaier

Linda Flaherty Haltmaier

Linda Flaherty Haltmaier lives in Beverly Farms, MA and writes screenplays, fiction, and poetry. Her first chapbook, Catch and Release, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press (Feb. 2015). This is her second Poetry Festival and she would love to meet more poets in the area–find a local poetry tribe.
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Pamela Harris

Pamela Harris grew up in Danvers and lives in New York City. She is Malcolm Miller's niece. Also a writer, she has created a half-hour comedy for Howard Stern Productions; was a staff writer for 'Life on the Line,' a one-hour drama on the Oxygen Network; has had two features optioned; has been awarded a residency at Jentel Foundation in Banner, Wyoming; and has had more projects packaged and fall apart than she can bear to recount, most... Read More →
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Claire Keyes

Claire Keyes has published reviews and poems in The Women's Review of Books, The Georgia Review, Calyx and Rattle, among others. On-line, you can find her work at Tattoohighway.org,Poemeleon.org, and poetrymagazine.org. She recently won the Robert Penn Warren Award (First Prize) from New England Writers. Her poetry collections include The Question of Rapture and What Diamonds Can Do. She lives in... Read More →


Sunday May 3, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Hawthorne Pickman Room

11:30am

Writing Across Cultures
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With today’s continued growth in multiculturalism and the resistance to diversity by many groups, poets in the United States have an important role to play to advance social change by writing about other cultures in ways that promote shared experiences and equality. In this panel, we will discuss how our multicultural experiences can enter and inform our poetry, be it through the incorporation of other languages, the settings and themes we choose to explore in our work, or the translations of works into English or from English into other languages. Our goal is to start a conversation with other writers that we hope will carry beyond the conference.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Rivera

Sara Rivera

Writer, Artist, Educator, GrubStreet, The Urbano Project
Sara D. Rivera is an interdisciplinary artist and writer from Albuquerque, New Mexico, currently based in Boston. She holds a BFA in Art Studio and a BA in English from the University of New Mexico, an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University. Sara is of Peruvian and Cuban descent and recently spent time in Ireland as a 2013 Robert Pinsky Global Fellow in Poetry, writing about Irish verbal and musical traditions. She focuses her current... Read More →
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Tara Skurtu

Poet, Teacher, Translator, Boston University Prison Education Program
Tara Skurtu, originally from South Florida, is a poet and translator living in Boston. She is the recipient of a 2015-16 Fulbright, a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, and two Academy of American Poets prizes. Tara teaches incarcerated college students through Boston University's Prison Education Program. Her recent poems appear or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Poetry Wales, Poetry Review, Plume, Memorious, Salamander, and Poet Lore. Her... Read More →
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Patrick Sylvain

Patrick Sylvain is a poet, writer, translator, photographer, and academic. He is a faculty at Brown University’s Center for Language Studies. Sylvain has taught as a lecturer at Harvard, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Tufts University. Additionally, Sylvain was also a lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is published in several anthologies, academic journals, books, magazines and reviews including... Read More →


Sunday May 3, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Old Town Hall, 1st floor

11:30am

Heartbreak in the Work of Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath
Limited Capacity seats available

New work on the Sexton and Plath archives reveal how much heartbreak played a part in the work, as well as the lives, of these gifted poets. I’ll be sharing some of this new research. Then I’ll look closely at the poetry of Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath and talk about how these remarkable poets transformed heartbreak into art. Author of “With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Plath, Sexton, Bishop, Kunitz and Others,” I knew both Sexton and Plath personally, saw drafts of their poems as they were writing them, and was able to observe the process by which they shaped their pain into art. Using handouts, I will talk about some of the factors that might shape art, in this case poetry.

Speakers
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Kathleen Spivack

Writer/teacher.
Kathleen Spivack is the author of "Unspeakable Things," published by A.Knopf, 2016. Her last book was "With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz and Others" (University Press of New England, 2012.) She’s published eight other books of prose and poetry (Doubleday, Graywolf, and others.) Kathleen Spivack has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright... Read More →


Sunday May 3, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
PEM Morse Auditorium

11:30am

Endings: When is Enough?
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Endings: When is Enough?
That’s all, folks! If only it were that easy. But the end of a poem needs to resonate with the entire poem, not just wrap it up. It can comment on the poem or lift it to a new meaning. It can leave the reader or listener laughing or suddenly somber. How do you write an ending that peels out of the driveway like a doomed lover? That drifts down like fog or gives a final firecracker pop? In this workshop we will look at different kinds of endings and how they make the meaning and mood of the poem. You will learn prompts that will help you revise endings. Bring one of your poems to read and we will workshop it just for the ending. The End.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Paul

Dawn Paul

Writing/Interdisciplinary Faculty, Montserrat College of Art
Dawn Paul teaches writing and interdisciplinary studies at Montserrat College of Art. She is the author of two novels, The Country of Loneliness and Still River. Her poetry has been published most recently in the Nassau Review and the Lindenwood Review. Dawn has an MFA from Goddard College and has been a writing resident at the Vermont Studio Center, the Ragdale Foundation, the Spring Creek Project and the Whiteley Center at Friday Harbor... Read More →
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Cindy Veach

Cindy Veach has taught poetry at the University of Oregon, where she received an MFA, and in the Oregon Poets in the Schools Program. She was an assistant editor at Northwest Review. Her poems have appeared most recently in Poet Lore, The Journal, The North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review and others. She was a finalist for the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize and received an honorable mention in the... Read More →

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Dawn Paul

Writing/Interdisciplinary Faculty, Montserrat College of Art
Dawn Paul teaches writing and interdisciplinary studies at Montserrat College of Art. She is the author of two novels, The Country of Loneliness and Still River. Her poetry has been published most recently in the Nassau Review and the Lindenwood Review. Dawn has an MFA from Goddard College and has been a writing resident at the Vermont Studio Center, the Ragdale Foundation, the Spring Creek Project and the Whiteley Center at Friday Harbor... Read More →


Sunday May 3, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
PEM Studio 2

11:30am

Found Narratives: Poetry from Art Pairings
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Artworks speak to poets--but do these works speak to each other as well? How does the proximity of one work to another inspire new ideas and connections that one piece alone does not? In this workshop, we will explore unusual pairings in current exhibitions at the Peabody Essex Museum and discuss the ways curators, like poets, use juxtaposition to evoke surprise and curiosity. We will also practice close-looking strategies which then inform our poetry writing practice. Writers and art-lovers of all levels of experience welcome: just bring your eyes and your imagination, (and possibly your favorite writing implement), we'll provide the rest!

Speakers
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Meg Winikates

Membership & Advocacy Manager, New England Museum Association
Margaret Winikates is a writer and museum professional from Boston, MA. She writes poetry and fiction as well as Brain Popcorn, a blog on interdisciplinary education. Five years working at the Peabody Essex Museum reinforced the ways nature and art inspire her writing, and she's thrilled to be leading programming at the Poetry Fest for the fifth year running. She has poems published on Window Cat Press, and short fiction on PEM's Connected and... Read More →


Sunday May 3, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
PEM Studio 1

1:00pm

Playing All the Words: On the Intersections of Poetry and Music
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Five contemporary poets riff from music—or trouble its power—in poems about music and the treatment of Parkinson’s disease; an opera singer’s “lost” voice and rogue conductor; bad moods, lyric modes, and neuro-plasticity; and in postmodern remixes of the traditional love poem. From the Yvor Winters’ “quintet” to Kore Press, from the pages of the New Yorker to Smartish Pace, five accomplished poets (spanning four generations) share poems and discuss what it means to be a poet-singer now.

Speakers
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John Matthias

Professor Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
John Matthias has published some thirty books of poetry, translation, collaboration, literary criticism, memoir, and fiction. He taught for many years at the University of Notre Dame, where he directed both MFAs and PhDs. He was part of the same generation of Stanford University grad students that includes Robert Hass, Robert Pinsky, and John Peck. A Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge in the 1970s, he is now Life Member. He is Editor at... Read More →
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Daniel Evans Pritchard

Editor / Poet / Critic, The Critical Flame
Daniel is a poet, translator, and essayist. He is the founding editor of The Critical Flame (criticalflame.org), an online journal of literary nonfiction, criticism, and interviews. Daniel advises AGNI on digital strategy and serves on the board at Salamander Magazine. His work has or will be published by Slushpile, Harvard Review online, Public Pool, Prodigal, Drunken Boat, the Quarterly Conversation, the Battersea Review, Rain Taxi, and... Read More →
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Heather Treseler

Assistant Professor, Worcester State University
Heather Treseler's poems and essays appear in Harvard Review, Iowa Review, Boston Review, Southern Poetry Review, Boulevard, Pleiades, The Weekly Standard, and Consequence, among other journals, and in three books. She is an assistant professor at Worcester State University, where she teaches creative writing and American literature.
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Anthony Walton

Bowdoin College
Anthony Walton is the author of "Mississippi: An American Journey" and the editor, with Michael S. Harper of "The Vintage Anthology of African American Poetry" and "Every Shut-Eye Ain't Asleep: African Poetry Since World War II." His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, 32 Poems, Black Renaissance Noire, Notre Dame Review, Poetry Ireland and many other journals.
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Andi Werblin

Andrea Werblin is the author of two book of poems, Lullaby for One Fist (Wesleyan University Press, 2001) and Sunday with the Sound Turned Off (Lost Horse Press, 2014). Her work has appeared in BOOG Reader, EOAGH: A Journal of the Arts, The Massachusetts Review, and Smartish Pace. She works as a freelance Copy Director, and writes about neuroplasticity, extreme landscapes, amateur pastry-chef adventures, and stretch pants.

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Heather Treseler

Assistant Professor, Worcester State University
Heather Treseler's poems and essays appear in Harvard Review, Iowa Review, Boston Review, Southern Poetry Review, Boulevard, Pleiades, The Weekly Standard, and Consequence, among other journals, and in three books. She is an assistant professor at Worcester State University, where she teaches creative writing and American literature.


Sunday May 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
PEM Studio 2

1:00pm

Poems for the 99 Percent
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Poems for the 99 Percent is a reading and discussion about the way poetry can matter in a democracy. It’s a cliché that poets are not wealthy, but it’s also true that poetry itself can seem elite or foreboding. This panel and reading will discuss the way poetry can contribute to discussion of democracy, social justice, and economic inequality.

Moderators
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Jonathan Silverman

Editor, 99: The Press
Jonathan Silverman is working on manuscripts about horse racing, Norway, and Johnny Cash.

Speakers
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Martha Collins

FIELD magazine; Oberlin College Press
Martha Collins’s eighth book of poems, Admit One: An American Scrapbook will be published by Pittsburgh in early 2016. Her earlier books include Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012) and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006). She has also published four collections of co-translated Vietnamese poetry—most recently Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap (Milkweed, 2013, with the author). She founded the creative writing program at... Read More →
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Joan Houlihan

Founder & Director, Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference
Joan Houlihan is the author of four collections of poems, most recently Ay (2014) from Tupelo Press. Her other books are Hand-Held Executions: Poems & Essays (2003), The Mending Worm (2006), winner of the Green Rose Award from New Issues Press, and The Us (2009, Tupelo Press), named a must-read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. She has published in many journals, including Poetry, Boston Review, Harvard Review and Gulf Coast, and has... Read More →
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Fred Marchant

Emeritus Professor of English, Suffolk University
Fred Marchant is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which is The Looking House (Graywolf Press). His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Word Works Washington Prize in poetry, and has been reissued in a 20th anniversary second edition. He has a new book, The Day Later, coming out from Graywolf Press in 2016. He is also the co-translator of From a Corner of My Yard, by Tran Dang Khoa, and is the editor of Another World... Read More →
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Susan Richmond

Director of the Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize, Robert Creeley Foundation
Susan Edwards Richmond has four published poetry collections: Increase (FootHills Publishing), Birding in Winter (Finishing Line Press), and Purgatory Chasm and Boto(both from Adastra Press). Her work has appeared in Blueline, The Iowa Review, Green Mountains Review, and Poetry East, among other journals. She served as poetry editor for Sanctuary: Journal of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and is on the board of the Robert Creeley Foundation.


Sunday May 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Old Town Hall, 1st floor

1:00pm

Salamander's New Voices
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Join Salamander Magazine for a reading by some of its most recent contributors: Ciaran Berry, Leslie McGrath, and Maggie Dietz. This group comes together to celebrate a magazine whose mission, after two decades, remains singular and dynamic: “to publish a generation of writers reaching artistic maturity and deserving of a wider audience alongside new work by established writers.” Each of these readers, a serious practitioner of the craft, adds something to the developing creative conversation between Salamander contributors, past and present.

Speakers
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Ciaran Berry

Assistant Professor, Director of Creative Writing, Trinity College
Ciaran Berry’s most recent book is The Dead Zoo. His poems have been widely published in American and Irish journals and selected for Best New Poets 2006 and Best American Poetry 2008. The Sphere of Birds, won the Crab Orchard Series Award of Southern Illinois University Press, the 2008 Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize and the inaugural Michael Murphy Memorial Award, 2011. In 2012 he received a Whiting Writers’ Award for poetry.
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Maggie Dietz

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Maggie Dietz’s is the author of the newly released That Kind of Happy and Perennial Fall, which won New Hampshire’s Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry in 2007 (both from The University of Chicago Press). The former director of the Favorite Poem Project, Dietz is coeditor of three anthologies related to the project: American's Favorite Poems, Poems to Read, and An Invitation to Poetry. Her awards include the Grolier Poetry Prize... Read More →
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Leslie McGrath

Poet and literary interviewer, Central CT State University
Leslie McGrath is a poet and literary interviewer. She is the author of Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage (2009), a poetry collection, and two chapbooks, Toward Anguish (2007) and By the Windpipe (2014). McGrath's latest book is a satiric novella in verse, Out From the Pleiades (Jaded Ibis, 2014). She teaches creative writing and literature at Central Connecticut State University and is series editor of The Tenth Gate, a poetry imprint of The Word... Read More →

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Jennifer Barber

Scholar in Residence/Editor, Suffolk/Salamander
Jennifer Barber teaches literature and creative writing at Suffolk University in Boston, where she is also founding and current editor of the literary journal Salamander. Her poetry collections are Works on Paper, which received the 2015 Tenth Gate Prize (The Word Works, 2106), and Given Away and Rigging the Wind, both from Kore Press (2012, 2003). She is happy to talk about anything related to Suffolk, to literary journals, to teaching poetry... Read More →


Sunday May 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hawthorne Library

1:00pm

Rita Dove
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Don’t miss festival headliner Rita Dove, who will read and discuss her poems in a Q&A.

Speakers
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Rita Dove

Rita Dove is a former U.S. Poet Laureate (1993-1995) and recipient of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Thomas and Beulah. The author of nine poetry collections, most recently Sonata Mulattica (2009) and American Smooth (2004), as well as a collection of short stories, a novel, and a play, she also edited The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry (2011). She has received numerous... Read More →

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Mass Poetry

Mass Poetry
Mass Poetry supports poets and poetry in Massachusetts. We help to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bring poetry to readers of all ages and transform people’s lives through inspiring verse. We are a tax exempt, non-profit organization. Programs and events include: The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Poetry on the T, Common Threads, Student Day of Poetry, U35 Reading Series, and Educator Professional Development.


Sunday May 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
PEM East India Marine Hall

1:00pm

From Sappho to Sapphire: Woman Poets on the sphere of Woman Poets.
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From Sappho to Sapphire: Woman Poets on the sphere of Woman Poets.
The long deafening silence of women in poetry ended with the advent of Betty Friedan’s militant The Feminist Mystique (1963) beginning the second wave of feminism. By the 1970’s Universities had Take Back the Night marches, Feminist Study departments, Women’s Centers and Rape Crisis Lines. How did this academic cultural landscape change the face of women’s poetry? Female poets will share their influences, lived experiences, and poetry.

Moderators
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Elisabeth Weiss

Elisabeth Weiss teaches writing and literature at Salem State University. She’s taught poetry in preschools, prisons, and nursing homes and as well as to the intellectually disabled. She’s worked in publishing in New York and has an MFA from The University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She’s published poems in London’s Poetry Review, Porch, Crazyhorse, Ibbetson Street Review, the Birmingham Poetry Review, and the Paterson Literary... Read More →

Speakers
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Frannie Lindsay

Frannie Lindsay‘s fourth volume of poetry, Our Vanishing, received the 2012 Benjamin Saltman Award by Red Hen Press. Her other books are Mayweed (2009, Word Works); Lamb (Perugia 2006); and Where She Always Was (Utah State University Press, 2004). Her work appears in Best American Poetry 2014. | | She is the 2008 winner in poetry of The Missouri Review Prize. She has been featured in Ted Kooser’s column American Life in Poetry, Writer’s... Read More →
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Donna French McArdle

Donna French McArdle’s poems have appeared in the anthology Lost Orchard: Prose and Poetry from the Kirkland College Community, in several literary journals including Wilderness House Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Antioch Review, and are forthcoming in Sixfold (winter 2015). With a grant from the Massachusetts and Boxford Cultural Councils, she documented local farms and farm stands in Essex County Harvest 2003, and has written numerous... Read More →
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Jo Pitkin

Poet and Educational Writer, Pear Tree Hill Editorial Services
Jo Pitkin is a native of Somers, New York. She received a BA from Kirkland College—a progressive women's college that pioneered the undergraduate degree in creative writing—and an MFA in poetry from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. For the past 30 years, she has earned a living as a freelance writer for educational publishers throughout the United States and is the credited author of more than 40 books for K through Grade 12... Read More →
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Kate Rushin

Kate Rushin is the author of The Black Back-Ups (Firebrand Books). Her “The Bridge Poem” appears in This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, a ground-breaking feminist anthology edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa. Recipient of the Rose Low Rome Memorial Poetry Prize and the Grolier Poetry Prize, her work is widely anthologized and has been published in such journals as Callaloo.
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Kathleen Spivack

Writer/teacher.
Kathleen Spivack is the author of "Unspeakable Things," published by A.Knopf, 2016. Her last book was "With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz and Others" (University Press of New England, 2012.) She’s published eight other books of prose and poetry (Doubleday, Graywolf, and others.) Kathleen Spivack has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright... Read More →


Sunday May 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
PEM Bartlett Gallery

1:00pm

Shakespeare's *itches: The Women Talk Back (A Poetry Musical)
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Shakespeare’s *itches: The Women Talk Back is a poetry musical from the points of view of Shakespeare’s female characters and their contemporary counterparts, including The Dark Lady of the Sonnets teasing Will; Desdemona in a duet with Nicole Brown Simpson; Kate, the shrew, as a contemporary bartender singing a drinking song; Gertrude taunting Ophelia; and Cordelia rapping on the Mountebank William Show. In turns rollicking and moving, bawdy and philosophical, Shakespeare’s *itches gives voice to often victimized characters, and, through poetry and song, restores their power. Written and performed by Emmy nominated poet and troubadour Susanna Rich.

Speakers
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Susanna Rich

Founding Producer and Principal Performer, Wild Nights Productions, LLC
Poet and songwriter, Susanna Rich is an Emmy Award nominee and a Fulbright Fellow in Creative Writing. Founding producer and principal performer of Wild Nights Productions, LLC, Susanna's repertoire includes the new poetry musical Shakespeare's *itches: The Women Talk Back; ashes, ashes: A Poet Responds to the Shoah; and Television Daddy. Susanna is author of three poetry collections, Surfing for Jesus, Television Daddy, and The Drive Home. She... Read More →


Sunday May 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
PEM Morse Auditorium

1:00pm

Yes You Can: The Business of Writing
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You hone your poem into a masterpiece, and now it’s ready to send out to the world.

• Where will you send it? How do you select the best places to present your work from thousands of literary markets?
• What do you need to know about copyright?
• How do you write a bio? A cover letter?
• What are the best tools to manage submissions?
• What about literary contests?
• How do you market yourself as a writer?

Through discussion, examples, and handouts to take home, participants in this workshop will gain necessary knowledge and skills to manage their written work and more effectively navigate the publishing world. Time will also be spent on the value of marketing your work, not by hiring a publicist, but by being an engaged member of the writing community and using standard publicity tools like print and social media.

Speakers
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Valerie Lawson

Program Manager, Cobscook Community Learning Center
Valerie Lawson’s work has been published in Main Street Rag, BigCityLit, About Place Journal, and others with work forthcoming in The Catch, American Arts Quarterly, and Ibbetson Street. Lawson’s first book, Dog Watch, was released in 2007. Lawson won awards for Best Narrative Poem and Spoken Word at the Cambridge Poetry Awards and was a finalist in the 2013 Outermost Poetry Prize. Lawson co-edits Off the Coast literary journal and teaches... Read More →


Sunday May 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hawthorne Pickman Room

2:30pm

Jorie Graham and Stephen Burt Sunday afternoon event
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Join us for our closing reading with Jorie Graham and Stephen Burt. Opening for them are the two winners of the Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize, Nicole Blackwood and Sequoia LeBreux. 

Speakers
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Nicole Blackwood

Nicole Blackwood is a winner of the 2015 Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize.  A recent winner of the Arisia Writing Award and a Writer's Digest Short Story winner, Nicole is a junior at Newburyport High School. With assistance from her Creative Writing teacher, Deborah Szabo, she has come to appreciate and love the art of poetry and is honored to count this as her first poetry award.
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Stephen Burt

Stephen Burt is a poet, literary critic, and professor. In 2012, the New York Times called Burt “one of the most influential poetry critics of his generation.” He grew up around Washington, DC and earned a BA from Harvard and PhD from Yale. Burt has published three collections of poems: Belmont (2013),Parallel Play (2006), andPopular Music (1999). Burt has taught at Macalester... Read More →
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Jorie Graham

Jorie Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including From the New World: Poems 1976-2014, Place, which won the Forward Prize in 2012, and The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, winner of the 1996 Pulitzer prize for Poetry. Her other poetry collections includeSea Change, Overlord, Never, Swarm, The Errancy, Materialism, Region of Unlikeness, The End of Beauty, Erosion, and Hybrids of... Read More →
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Sequoia LeBreux

Sequoia LeBreux is a winner of the 2015 Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize. A junior at Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Shelburne Falls, Sequoia is an activist, feminist, artist, and poet. She aspires to expand minds and in turn expand her own through experiencing new art and new ways of being. She enjoys creating zines, listening to mixed tapes, and meeting new writers like herself.

Producers
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Mass Poetry

Mass Poetry
Mass Poetry supports poets and poetry in Massachusetts. We help to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bring poetry to readers of all ages and transform people’s lives through inspiring verse. We are a tax exempt, non-profit organization. Programs and events include: The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Poetry on the T, Common Threads, Student Day of Poetry, U35 Reading Series, and Educator Professional Development.


Sunday May 3, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
PEM East India Marine Hall