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Friday, May 1
 

1:15pm

Teaching as Witness and Transmission: How Poetry Can Be Taught
Limited Capacity seats available

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

2:30pm

Mediterranean Voices: Ancient Echoes Modern Lives
Limited Capacity seats available

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
avatar for Ellen Goldstein

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... Read More →
avatar for Julia Lisella

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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Theodora Stratis

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... Read More →
avatar for Cammy Thomas

Cammy Thomas

Cammy Thomas’ first book of poems, Cathedral of Wish, received the 2006 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Both it and her second book, Inscriptions, are published by Four Way Books. A fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation helped her complete Inscriptions... Read More →

Producers
avatar for Julia Lisella

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... Read More →


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

2:30pm

Passing Through a Phase: Revelations of Age
Limited Capacity seats available

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
avatar for Claire Keyes

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 Marblehead, Massachusetts and teaches in the Lifelong Learning Program at Salem State College... Read More →
avatar for James Scrimgeour

James 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... Read More →

Producers
avatar for J.D. Scrimgeour

J.D. Scrimgeour

Poetry & other Arts, Poetry & Nonfiction, Poetry about sport, Salem


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

2:30pm

The Poetry of Home
Limited Capacity seats available

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
avatar for Ann Taylor

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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Francis Blessington

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... Read More →
avatar for Susan Donnelly

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... Read More →


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

3:45pm

After Great Pain: The Poetics of Recovery
Limited Capacity seats available

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
avatar for Martha Collins

Martha Collins

FIELD magazine; Oberlin College Press
Martha Collins’s ninth book of poetry, Night Unto Night, was published by Milkweed in 2018. Her earlier books include Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016), Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012) and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006). She has also... Read More →
avatar for Joan Houlihan

Joan Houlihan

Joan Houlihan’s most recent book of poetry is Shadow-feast (Four Way Books, March, 2018). Her four previous books of poetry include The Mending Worm (2006), winner of the Green Rose Award from New Issues Press; The Us (Tupelo Press, 2009), named a 2009 must-read by the Massachusetts... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Nilsson

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... Read More →
avatar for Cammy Thomas

Cammy Thomas

Cammy Thomas’ first book of poems, Cathedral of Wish, received the 2006 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Both it and her second book, Inscriptions, are published by Four Way Books. A fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation helped her complete Inscriptions... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Tobin

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... Read More →

Producers
avatar for Cammy Thomas

Cammy Thomas

Cammy Thomas’ first book of poems, Cathedral of Wish, received the 2006 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Both it and her second book, Inscriptions, are published by Four Way Books. A fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation helped her complete Inscriptions... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Hawthorne Essex Room
 
Saturday, May 2
 

9:30am

Four Way Books Authors Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

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 Cynthia Cruz

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... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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... Read More →
avatar for Gregory Pardlo

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... Read More →

Producers
avatar for Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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... Read More →


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

9:30am

Unvarnished: Telling the Truth about Aging
Limited Capacity seats available

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
avatar for Gail Thomas

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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sally Bellerose

Sally Bellerose

In her writing, Sally Bellerose loves to mess with rhythm, rhyme, and awkward emotion. Bellerose writes about class, sex, illness, absurdity, and lately, growing old. Her novel The Girls Club, http://www.bywaterbooks.com/shop/the-girls-club won many awards including an NEA Fellowship... Read More →
avatar for Terry S. Johnson

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... Read More →
avatar for Mary Clare Powell

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... Read More →


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

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
avatar for D M Gordon

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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Maya Janson

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... Read More →
avatar for Patricia Lee Lewis

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.
avatar for Fred Pelka

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... Read More →
avatar for Anne Love Woodhull

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... 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 seats available

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
avatar for Alice Kociemba

Alice Kociemba

Founding Director, Calliope—Poetry for Community
Alice Kociemba is the author of Bourne Bridge (Turning Point, 2016) and was guest editor of Common Threads (2015 & 2016). She has facilitated a monthly poetry discussion group at the Falmouth Public Library since 2009. She lives in Falmouth with her husband, Rich Youmans.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Carey

Kevin Carey

Kevin Carey is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Salem State University. He has published three books – a chapbook of fiction, The Beach People from Red Bird Chapbooks (2014) and two books of poetry from Cavankerry Press,The One Fifteen to Penn Station (2012) andJesus... Read More →
avatar for Christine Ernst

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... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Jean

Jennifer Jean

Co-director, Morning Garden Artist Retreats
Jennifer Jean is a poet, educator, activist, and consummate "literary citizen." Her debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table); her poetry chapbooks include: In the War, and The Archivist. Jennifer’s newest manuscript, titled OBJECT, was a finalist for the 2016 Green Mountains... 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 seats available

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
avatar for Brian Burt

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... Read More →
avatar for Amy Clark

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... Read More →
avatar for Kirun Kapur

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... 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... Read More →


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

12:15pm

Capable Massachusetts: Poets with Disabilties
Limited Capacity seats available

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... 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... 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... 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... 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

Tina Cane currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island, where she lives with her husband and their three children. She is the founder and director of Writers-in- the-Schools, RI and is an instructor with the writing community, Frequency Providence. Her poems and translations... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Condakes

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... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Militello

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... Read More →
avatar for Wesley Rothman

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... 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
avatar for Eric Wasileski

Eric Wasileski

Boston Facilitator, Warrior Writers
Eric Wasileski is a Persian Gulf Veteran of Operation Desert Fox, father, activist, preacher, ethicist and poet. Eric recently published his first book of poetry, Live Free (or Die), with Human Error Publishing. He is the coordinator of the Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans for... Read More →

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... Read More →
avatar for Michael Anthony

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.
avatar for Jon Turner

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... Read More →
avatar for Eric Wasileski

Eric Wasileski

Boston Facilitator, Warrior Writers
Eric Wasileski is a Persian Gulf Veteran of Operation Desert Fox, father, activist, preacher, ethicist and poet. Eric recently published his first book of poetry, Live Free (or Die), with Human Error Publishing. He is the coordinator of the Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans for... Read More →

Producers
avatar for Rachel McNeill

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... Read More →


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

2:00pm

Cape Cod's Steeple Street Poets: Poems of Place, with an Open Mic
Limited Capacity seats available

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 for Community
Alice Kociemba is the author of Bourne Bridge (Turning Point, 2016) and was guest editor of Common Threads (2015 & 2016). She has facilitated a monthly poetry discussion group at the Falmouth Public Library since 2009. She lives in Falmouth with her husband, Rich Youmans.

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... Read More →
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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Rich Youmans

Rich Youmans

Rich Youmans’s haiku, haibun, and related essays have appeared widely in journals and anthologies, including Modern Haiku, Paterson Literary Review, Journeys 2017: An Anthology of International Haibun, and Contemporary Haibun Online (where he was recently a featured writer). His... Read More →


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

2:00pm

Coming Home: Four Veteran Poets on Returning
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Three-time Pushcart prize winner Jill McDonough is the recipient of Lannan, NEA, Cullman Center, and Stegner fellowships. Her most recent book is Reaper (Alice James, 2017); Here All Night, her fifth collection, is forthcoming from Alice James Books. She teaches in the MFA program... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Bowen

Kevin Bowen

Born and raised in the West End of Boston, an old section of the city, demolished in 1960 to make way for new high rise condominium living, that experience, I have always been deeply effected by that experience. Along with my experience as a soldier in Vietnam, it has informed most... Read More →
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... Read More →
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Fred Marchant

Emeritus Professor of English, Suffolk University
Fred Marchant is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Said Not Said (2017). Earlier books include The Looking House, Full Moon Boat, and House on Water, House in Air. His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Washington Prize, and was reissued in a 20th... Read More →


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

3:15pm

Flatline Poetry
Limited Capacity seats available

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
avatar for Rosalyn Driscoll

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.
avatar for Margaret Lloyd

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... 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... 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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... Read More →


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

3:15pm

Making It New
Limited Capacity seats available

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 five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Said Not Said (2017). Earlier books include The Looking House, Full Moon Boat, and House on Water, House in Air. His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Washington Prize, and was reissued in a 20th... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Barber

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... Read More →


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
avatar for Laurin Macios

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... Read More →


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

10:15am

Comstock Review 30th Anniversary - Celebrating Massachusetts Poets
Limited Capacity seats available

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
avatar for Grey Held

Grey Held

Grey Held has spent 25 years in the corporate world, managing and mentoring teams and coordinating projects. He is a recipient of a NEA Fellowship in Creative Writing. Two books of his poetry have been published: Two-Star General (Brick Road Poetry Press in 2012) and Spilled Milk... Read More →
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Brionne Janae

Brionne Janae is a California native, poet and teaching artist living in Brooklyn. She is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botoloph Emering Artist award, a Hedgebrook and Vermont Studio Center Fellowship Alumni and proud Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry and prose have been published in... 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... 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... Read More →


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
avatar for Elana Friedland

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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

Producers
avatar for Emily Jaeger

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... Read More →


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

10:15am

The Poetry of Loss
Limited Capacity seats available

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
avatar for Miriam Greenspan

Miriam Greenspan

psychotherapist and author
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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Myles Gordon

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... Read More →
avatar for Miriam Greenspan

Miriam Greenspan

psychotherapist and author
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... Read More →
avatar for Becky Kennedy

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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


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

11:30am

Poems of Love and War
Limited Capacity seats available

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

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... 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... 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... Read More →

Producers
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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... 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 been editing the poetry and researching the 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 is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Andover, MA. Her latest collection, Rolling up the Sky, won the Homebound Publication Poetry Prize. She eats way too much chocolate on a daily basis and would love to find a writing group that laughs and drinks in equal m... Read More →
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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... 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 Marblehead, Massachusetts and teaches in the Lifelong Learning Program at Salem State College... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Playing All the Words: On the Intersections of Poetry and Music
Limited Capacity seats available

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
avatar for John Matthias

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... 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... 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

Producers
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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... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Poems for the 99 Percent
Limited Capacity seats available

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
JS

Jonathan Silverman

Jonathan Silverman is working on manuscripts about horse racing, Norway, and Johnny Cash. And cows.

Speakers
avatar for Martha Collins

Martha Collins

FIELD magazine; Oberlin College Press
Martha Collins’s ninth book of poetry, Night Unto Night, was published by Milkweed in 2018. Her earlier books include Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016), Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012) and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006). She has also... Read More →
avatar for Joan Houlihan

Joan Houlihan

Joan Houlihan’s most recent book of poetry is Shadow-feast (Four Way Books, March, 2018). Her four previous books of poetry include The Mending Worm (2006), winner of the Green Rose Award from New Issues Press; The Us (Tupelo Press, 2009), named a 2009 must-read by the Massachusetts... Read More →
avatar for Fred  Marchant

Fred Marchant

Emeritus Professor of English, Suffolk University
Fred Marchant is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Said Not Said (2017). Earlier books include The Looking House, Full Moon Boat, and House on Water, House in Air. His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Washington Prize, and was reissued in a 20th... Read More →
avatar for Susan Richmond

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... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Salamander's New Voices
Limited Capacity seats available

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
avatar for Ciaran Berry

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... Read More →
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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... 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... Read More →

Producers
avatar for Jennifer Barber

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... Read More →


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