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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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John Matthias

University of Notre Dame
Professor Emeritus
Notre Dame, Indiana
John Matthias has published some thirty books of poetry, translation, collaboration, literary criticism, memoir, and fiction. He taught for many years at the University of Notre Dame, where he directed both MFAs and PhDs. He was part of the same generation of Stanford University grad students that includes Robert Hass, Robert Pinsky, and John Peck. A Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge in the 1970s, he is now Life Member. He is Editor at Large of Notre Dame Review, and was formerly Poetry Editor. His most recent books include Collected Shorter Poems, vols. 1 and 2, Collected Longer Poems, Who Was Cousin Allice? And Other Questions (memoirs and essays), and the novel Different Kinds of Music, all published by Shearsman Books. He is editor, with William O'Rourke, of Notre Dame Review: The First Ten Years, and of three books pertaining to the poetry of David Jones. His most recent translation, with Lars-Hakan Svensson, is Jesper Svenbro's Three-toed Gull: Selected Poems. Matthias's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Boulevard, Parnassus, Pleiades, TLS, PN Review, Paris Review, and other magazines and anthologies. Two books about Matthias's work have been published: Word Play Place, edited by Robert Archambeau, and The Salt Companion to John Matthias, edited by Joe Francis Doerr.