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Saturday, May 2
 

11:00am

Getting It Done
Limited Capacity seats available

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
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 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 →
avatar for Amy Lawless

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... Read More →
avatar for Alyssa Mazzarella

Alyssa Mazzarella

Development Manager, GrubStreet
Alyssa Mazzarella helps ensure GrubStreet, one of the nation's leading creative writing centers, has the resources it needs to support writers of all types and talents. Prior to joining GrubStreet as the Development Manager, she taught and tutored writing at the University of Massachusetts... Read More →


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

12:15pm

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

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

Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas (Zone 3 Press) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry. She is the winner of the 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in poetry from The Missouri Review; new poems appear in 32 Poems, Ploughshares, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amy Dryansky

Amy Dryansky

My second book, Grass Whistle (Salmon) received the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award for poetry. My first, How I Got Lost So Close to Home, won the New England/New York Award from Alice James Books. Individual poems appear in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Nasty Women... Read More →
avatar for Susan Kan

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... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Sousa

Sarah Sousa

Sarah Sousa is the author of the poetry collections See the Wolf (2018): Split the Crow (2015) and Church of Needles (2014) She also edited and transcribed The Diary of Esther Small, 1886 (2014) which won the New England Book Festival Award for Regional Literature. Her poems have... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Valois

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... 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
avatar for David Roderick

David Roderick

Co-director, Left Margin LIT
David Roderick is the author of two books of poems, BLUE COLONIAL and THE AMERICANS. From 2017-2019 he wrote the "State Lines" poetry column for The San Francisco Chronicle. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Amy Lowell Scholar, Roderick lives in Berkeley, California and co-directs... Read More →

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... Read More →
avatar for Oliver de la Paz

Oliver de la Paz

Associate Professor, College of the Holy Cross
Oliver de la Paz is the author of four collections of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, and Post Subject: A Fable. He also co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. A founding member, Oliver serves as the co-chair... 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... 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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Alyssa Mazzarella

Alyssa Mazzarella

Development Manager, GrubStreet
Alyssa Mazzarella helps ensure GrubStreet, one of the nation's leading creative writing centers, has the resources it needs to support writers of all types and talents. Prior to joining GrubStreet as the Development Manager, she taught and tutored writing at the University of Massachusetts... Read More →

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... Read More →

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 seats available

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... Read More →
avatar for Richard Michelson

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... Read More →
avatar for John Murillo

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... Read More →

Producers
avatar for Richard Michelson

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... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren

Associate Professor, Cambridge College
writingteaching

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

2:00pm

Queer as Family, or, The F Word
Limited Capacity seats available

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
avatar for Christopher Hennessy

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... Read More →
avatar for Pilar Quintana

Pilar Quintana

poet, artist, musician, actor, Grey Court Poets
Pilar Quintana is a queer and genderqueer poet, 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, Pilar's poems can be found in their anthology Songs... Read More →
avatar for Steven Riel

Steven Riel

I am the author of one full-length book of poetry (Fellow Odd Fellow, published by Trio House Press) as well as three chapbooks, with the most recent, Postcard from P-town, selected as runner-up for the inaugural Robin Becker Chapbook Prize and published by Seven Kitchens Press. My... Read More →
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 →

Producers
avatar for Steven Riel

Steven Riel

I am the author of one full-length book of poetry (Fellow Odd Fellow, published by Trio House Press) as well as three chapbooks, with the most recent, Postcard from P-town, selected as runner-up for the inaugural Robin Becker Chapbook Prize and published by Seven Kitchens Press. My... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Amanda Hope

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
Limited Capacity seats available

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
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... Read More →
avatar for Nick Flynn

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 →
avatar for Adrian Matejka

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 →
avatar for Gail Mazur

Gail Mazur

GAIL MAZUR is author of seven books of poems, including Forbidden City, 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... 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 →
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... Read More →
avatar for Ravi Shankar

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... Read More →

Producers
avatar for Ravi Shankar

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... 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
Limited Capacity seats available

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
avatar for Jan Freeman

Jan Freeman

Director, Paris Press
Jan Freeman, Poet and Paris Press Director, lives in Ashfield, MAPeople should talk with Jan Freeman about poetry and publishing, creating a press, editing anthologies, and of course -- metaphor, poetry, and trauma.She is the author of Hyena and Simon Says, which was nominated for... Read More →

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... Read More →
avatar for Richard Michelson

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... Read More →

Producers
avatar for Richard Michelson

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... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Abigail Warren

Abigail Warren

Associate Professor, Cambridge College
writingteaching

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

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
avatar for Stephen Burt

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 →
avatar for Denise Duhamel

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 →
avatar for Martin Farawell

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... 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... 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 →

Producers
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 3:15pm - 4:15pm
PEM Morse Auditorium

3:15pm

What Good Can A Poet Do? Raising Voices Within Our Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

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
Speakers
avatar for Erik Andrade

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... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
PEM Studio 1
 
Sunday, May 3
 

10:15am

Grief & Poetry: Crafting Loss
Limited Capacity seats available

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
avatar for Patrick Donnelly

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... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Georges

Danielle Georges

Professor, Lesley University
Danielle Legros Georges is a writer, poet, editor, and translator. She is the author of two books of poetry, Maroon and The Dear Remote Nearness of You, the chapbook Letters from Congo, and is the editor of City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems. She teaches at... Read More →
avatar for Anna M. Warrock

Anna M. Warrock

Slate Roof Press
Anna M. Warrock’s latest book is From the Other Room, Slate Roof Press Chapbook Award winner. Besides appearing in The Sun, The Madison Review, Harvard Review, Poiesis, and other journals; and anthologized in Kiss Me Goodnight, writing by women who were girls when their mothers... Read More →

Producers
avatar for Anna M. Warrock

Anna M. Warrock

Slate Roof Press
Anna M. Warrock’s latest book is From the Other Room, Slate Roof Press Chapbook Award winner. Besides appearing in The Sun, The Madison Review, Harvard Review, Poiesis, and other journals; and anthologized in Kiss Me Goodnight, writing by women who were girls when their mothers... Read More →


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

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
avatar for Rhina P. Espaillat

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... Read More →
avatar for John Hodgen

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.
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 →

Producers
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.



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

11:30am

Writing Across Cultures
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Poet & Fiction Writer
Sara Daniele Rivera is a Cuban/Peruvian writer, artist, educator, and translator from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her poetry and speculative fiction have appeared in The Loft Anthology, Origins Journal, DIALOGIST, Storyscape Journal, Circuits & Slippers, The Green Mountains Review, in... 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... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Sylvain

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... Read More →


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

1:00pm

From Sappho to Sapphire: Woman Poets on the sphere of Woman Poets.
Limited Capacity seats available

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
avatar for Elisabeth Weiss Horowitz

Elisabeth Weiss Horowitz

Salem State University
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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Donna French McArdle

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 Sixfold (Winter 2015). With a grant from... 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... 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


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