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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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Joan Houlihan

Acton, MA
Joan Houlihan’s most recent book of poetry is Shadow-feast (Four Way Books, March, 2018). Her four previous books of poetry include The Mending Worm (2006), winner of the Green Rose Award from New Issues Press; The Us (Tupelo Press, 2009), named a 2009 must-read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book; and the sequel Ay (Tupelo Press, 2014) as well as Hand-Held Executions (Del Sol Press, 2003), re-released in 2009 in an expanded version to include all her critical essays from Boston Comment. In addition to publishing in a wide array of journals, including Boston Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Arts, Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Poetry, and SPOKE: Irish and Irish-American Poets in Boston, her poems have been anthologized in the Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries, Reginald Shepherd, ed. (University of Iowa Press, 2005); The Book of Irish-American Poetry, 18th Century to Present, Daniel Tobin, ed. (University of Notre Dame, 2007); and The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Wright and Daniel Westover, eds. (Clemson University Press, 2016).