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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Saturday, May 2

2:00pm EDT

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

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

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Marie-Elizabeth Mali

Author of STEADY, MY GAZE (Tebot Bach, 2011) and co-editor with Annie Finch of VILLANELLES (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets, 2012). Her work has appeared in Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and RATTLE, among others. She is also a life coach and underwater photographer who has a thing for... Read More →

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

3:15pm EDT

The Origin of Words: Immersive Music & Poetry Performance
Limited Capacity seats available

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

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Mariya Deykute

co-founder, Boston Poetry & Jazz Salon
I am a Russian-born poet, writer, teacher & performing artist. I have taught courses to the homeless, undergraduates, prison inmates, elementary school kids, high school students & seniors throughout Massachusetts. I've performed my work at the Somerville Center for the Arts, the... Read More →

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

1:00pm EDT

Shakespeare's *itches: The Women Talk Back (A Poetry Musical)
Limited Capacity seats available

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

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Susanna Rich

Founding Producer and Principal Performer, Wild Nights Productions, LLC
Poet and songwriter, Susanna Rich is an Emmy Award nominee and a Fulbright Fellow in Creative Writing. Founding producer and principal performer of Wild Nights Productions, LLC, Susanna's repertoire includes the new poetry musical Shakespeare's *itches: The Women Talk Back; ashes... Read More →

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