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Welcome to the schedule of the 2015 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, happening May 1-3 in the beautiful and historic town of Salem! 

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Friday, May 1
 

2:30pm

Richard Hoffman and Marge Piercy Friday Afternoon Opening Headline Event
Limited Capacity seats available

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... 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... Read More →

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Volunteers

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

7:30pm

Denise Duhamel, Nick Flynn, and Adrian Matejka
Limited Capacity seats available

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... 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... 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... Read More →

Producers

Friday May 1, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
PEM Atrium
 
Saturday, May 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... 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... Read More →


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

7:30pm

Rita Dove and Richard Blanco Headline Event
Limited Capacity seats available

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... 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... Read More →

Producers

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

9:45pm

Rachel Wiley, Regie Gibson Saturday Late-night Event
Limited Capacity seats available

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... 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... Read More →

Producers

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

1:00pm

Rita Dove
Limited Capacity seats available

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... Read More →

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

2:30pm

Jorie Graham and Stephen Burt Sunday afternoon event
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Producers

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