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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Gail Thomas

Poet & Educator
Smith College
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, Hanging Loose, The Evergreen Chronicles, North American Review, The Chiron Review, Cider Press Review, and The Naugatuck River Review. She is the recipient of writing and teaching grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and was awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Ucross. Her book, No Simple Wilderness, about the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir in the 1930’s has been taught in college courses. As one of the original teaching artists for the MCC’s Elder Arts Initiative, Thomas led intergenerational arts projects across the state. Originally from Pennsylvania, she raised her two daughters in Western Massachusetts where she has lived for 35 years. Thomas is a learning specialist and teaches at Smith College.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, May 2

2:00pm EDT


My Moderators Sessions

Saturday, May 2

9:30am EDT