Welcome to the schedule of the 2015 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, happening May 1-3 in the beautiful and historic town of Salem!
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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.
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.
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Join Rachel Wiley and Regie Gibson as they give a late-night performance you won’t want to miss.