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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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María Luisa Arroyo

multilingual poet & educator
multilingual poet & educator
Springfield, MA
Named in 2014 as the first Poet Laureate of Springfield, MA, multilingual Puerto Rican poet María Luisa Arroyo enjoys facilitating engaging poetry workshops, from ekphrastic ones at the annual Monson (MA) Arts Festival to narrative ones at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival (DC). Additionally, María Luisa has read and performed her poetry widely, including in Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; and Puerto Rico. María Luisa has published or will publish poems in journals such as CALYX: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women; The Women's Review of Books; PALABRA: A Magazine of Chicano and Latino Literary Art; and The Más Tequila Review. A 2004 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in poetry educated at Colby (BA), Tufts (MA) and Harvard (ABD) in German, María Luisa had her first poetry collection, Gathering Words: Recogiendo Palabras published in 2008 (Bilingual Press). While she pursues a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Pine Manor College, María Luisa is also hosting "7 Minutes: A Literary Arts Spotlight", a monthly celebration of literary artists of all genres, thanks to the Springfield (MA) Public Libraries (www.springfieldlibrary.org).

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