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Thursday, April 25
 

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Martha Collins, Anna Warrock, and Kevin Gallagher
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Martha Collins

Martha Collins’ most recent book of poetry is Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016).  She has also published seven earlier volumes of poetry, including Day Unto Day (2014), White Papers (2012), and the book-length poem Blue Front (2006), as well as four collections... Read More →


6:00pm

Richard Blanco in conversation with WGBH’s Jim Braude and Margery Eagan
Selected by President Obama to be the fifth inaugural poet in history, Richard Blanco followed in the footsteps of Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. The youngest, first Latino, first immigrant, and first openly gay person to serve in the role, he read his inaugural poem, "One Today," on January 21, 2013. Blanco and his family arrived in Miami as exiles from Cuba through Madrid, where he was born. The negotiation of cultural identity and universal themes of place and belonging characterize his three collections of poetry. His poems have also appeared in The Best American Poetry and Great American Prose Poems. Blanco is a fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a recipient of two Florida Artist Fellowships, and a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. A builder of cities as well as poems, he is also a professional civil engineer and lives in Bethel, Maine, and Miami, Florida. He currently serves as the Education Ambassador for the American Academy of Poets.

Jim Braude is the host Greater Boston and co-host of Boston Public Radio. He has worked with co-host Margery Eagan for 18 years, first doing a TV show together at NECN then a radio show at WTKK. The duo came to WGBH in 2013. During law school, Jim ran a small retail business in Provincetown (HUBE - Help Us Break Even!). He started his professional career as a legal services lawyer in the South Bronx handling housing and prisoners’ rights cases. He was the founder and first president of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, a union representing staff in civil legal offices for the poor in 35 states. NOLSW helped lead the fight to preserve the national program when President Reagan proposed its abolition. He then served as the executive director of TEAM, the Tax Equity Alliance for Massachusetts, a tax reform coalition, during which time he led many ballot campaigns, including the defeat of what would have been the largest budget cut on the ballot in U.S. history. He published Otherwise, a magazine on American politics, and then served as a Cambridge City Councilor. Jim graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and New York University’s Law School.

Margery Eagan is the co-host of 89.7 WGBH’s midday program Boston Public Radio. She has worked with co-host Jim Braude for 18 years, first doing a TV show together at NECN then a radio show at WTKK. The duo came to WGBH in 2013. She has written for her hometown paper, The Fall River Herald News, as well as the Standard Times of New Bedford, Boston Globe, Burlington Vermont Free Press, Boston Magazine, and the Boston Herald, where she wrote a column for 27 years. Eagan grew up in Fall River and attended Durfee High school. She attended Smith College and graduated from Stanford University. She has three kids and lives in Brookline.
Registration is encouraged but not required.


Thursday April 25, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Boston Public Library Boston

6:00pm

Fred Moten introduced by Teju Cole (rescheduled from 4/10)
Thursday April 25, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts 24 Quincy Street, Harvard University, Cambridge

6:30pm

Writers Without Margins Inc: Journal Reading
A brief description of Writers Without Margins:
Dedicated to the fusion of art and advocacy, we take literature beyond conventional spaces. Our mission is to expand access to the literary arts for unheard and under-resourced communities in Greater Boston — including those isolated by the challenges of addiction recovery, trauma, poverty, disability, and mental illness — through free, collaborative, writing workshops, public readings, and publication opportunities intended to empower community, amplify the voices of individuals, and to share stories with the world.

(Journal Volume IV: The Human Nature Edition)
This year's Journal showcases 37 authors, 13 returning writers submitting from 6 of our workshops in Greater Boston, presenting as our biggest and boldest edition yet. And, although the following pages may demonstrate a year of stability and growth in our programs, they are also a window into the complicated, and often dangerous, world we inhabit. This year, two of our contributors were incarcerated. One returned home. One very likely may not. This year, three of our workshop participants fatally overdosed. Two have submissions in the journal. One did not have time. In communities where incarceration is far too expected, in a year where overdose statistics are higher than ever, we can’t expect alarming facts to be merely distant figures. These are not just numbers, but friends we are sitting next to in our workshops, and they have reached out to offer their writing to you. Each year, we look at the overall theme of the collection after reviewing submissions, rather than asking for contributors to submit works related to a particular idea. I would not have predicted that the predominant theme of this year’s journal would have been interconnectedness with one another and the natural world.

(The Journal Reading)
Every year, Writers Without Margins publishes a Journal of Poetry & Prose. The Journal consists of Pieces collected from participants in the non-profits creative writing workshops and afterward, those that would like to are encouraged to present their piece(s) in front of an audience at our annual contributor reading. This year marks the 4th anniversary of our annual Journal, the Human/Nature Edition. We have a diverse group of men and women, proudly wanting to share their journal entries with a larger population. We'd like to expand our reach and present the amazing individuals that are featured in this years journal, so we've decided to open the doors to the public in hopes of showcasing potential and raising interest in this amazing literary collection. Entry into the event is free. The reading typically takes 1 hour, but it is recommended that guests arrive 30 minutes prior to the reading, to gather refreshments and ensure seating.

7:00pm

A reading of Joseph DeRoche's poems
Slate Roof Poet Anna M. Warrock joins Kevin Gallagher and Martha Collins, editors of Ceremonial Entries, the collected poems of Joseph DeRoche, reading his poems at Porter Square Books, Porter Square, 25 White St. Cambridge, MA.

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Martha Collins

Martha Collins

Martha Collins’ most recent book of poetry is Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016).  She has also published seven earlier volumes of poetry, including Day Unto Day (2014), White Papers (2012), and the book-length poem Blue Front (2006), as well as four collections... Read More →


Thursday April 25, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Porter Square Books 25 White St., Cambridge, MA, 02140

7:00pm

 
Friday, April 26
 

6:00pm

Portraits of Resilience
How can you use you embrace your personal struggles or your 'dis-abilities' as inspiration for creative expression?

Throughout history, art has been a powerful medium for inspiring and driving social change. “Portraits of Resilience” will explore poetry as a medium for advancing awareness of social opportunities in disability, disability inclusion in creative common spaces and inspiration for fundamental innovations.

The event will feature one or more leading advocates on disability to outline the opportunities and challenges in disability policy and culture.

Creative writing art inspired by the theme of disability and resilience will be on display.

This display will be followed by a presentation of an inclusive ‘standing chair,’ the PhilGood, designed by eMotionRx, and together with a team of MIT graduate students, built a prototype that recently won a 1st Prize at the 2019 MIT Assistive Technology Hack AT/HACK, illustrating concretely how art can inspire transformative technological designs.

As you absorb all the happenings at this event, you will feel awakened and empowered.

See. Feel. Become.

This event is hosted in celebration of April as Poetry Month and as part of Artweek MA. Any donated proceeds will support the creation of Rise Up, a public assistive technology makerspace in Cambridge.

Hosted at Impact Hub Boston, a co-working community made up of social businesses addressing challenges both locally and globally, and moderated by Philibert Kongtcheu, Founder of eMotionRx, Inc. and member of the Cambridge Commission on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Philibert Kongtcheu is a poet, inventor, mathematician and hols an ALM in literature and creative writing from Harvard University

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Friday April 26, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Impact Hub 50 Milk Street, 20th Floor Lighthouse, Boston, MA 02109
 
Saturday, April 27
 

8:30am

Newburyport Literary Festival Poetry Events
Readers/Speakers
DD

David Davis

David Davis is the current Poet In Residence at the Joppa Flats Audubon Center.  He has been a member of the Powow River Poets since 2005.  Davis is a retired high-tech entrepreneur and artificial intelligence consultant whose work has been featured in Newsweek, Scientific American... Read More →


11:00am

Rebecca Kaiser Gibson
Readers/Speakers

Saturday April 27, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Olivia Rodham Memorial Library 7 Nelson Common Road, Nelson, NH

1:00pm

Arts & Humanity at Old Colony History Museum
Arts & Humanity- Celebrate poetry month with OCHM
Join us for a friendly, inclusive afternoon of sharing of the human spirit through the arts. Poets will present their original works and all are invited to simply listen and enjoy the work of these area artists and share in their vibrant, creative energy. 

Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure a presentation slot, please email info@oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org or call us at 508-822-1622 to get on the list.

Saturday April 27, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Old Colony History Museum 66 Church Green Taunton MA 02780

1:00pm

Clouds and Other Louds: Poetic Arts Fest
poetic arts fest by Reality Hands + Pizza Pi Press

Featuring showcases from Peach Mag + Glow Worm Press

featuring 2 days of readings and community building

come meet, hang out with, and support artists in your community. 

Both days begin with a book fair from 1-3.
Readings run from 3-9:30 on Saturday, 3-9:45 on Sunday
Party after on both days!

$10. Get tix at the door or at: http://www.realityhands.com/products/clouds-and-other-louds-ticket 

See the full schedule here: https://www.facebook.com/events/791645747879981/?active_tab=about



Saturday April 27, 2019 1:00pm - Sunday April 28, 2019 11:00pm
Dorcester Art Project 1486 Dorcester Ave, Boston, MA 02122

2:00pm

2:00pm

Florence Poetry Carnival
The Florence Poetry Carnival invites our community to come and celebrate National Poetry Month the fun way. Come join outdoor games and indoor readings.

Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Florence Civic Center 90 Park Street, Florence, MA

3:00pm

3:30pm

The School Street Sessions: “Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Women in Construction" w/Susan Eisenberg
The School Street Sessions
Celebrating Literature and History Inspired by the Saturday Club
 at the Omni Parker House, Kennedy Room, followed by Parker’s Bar
 Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 3:30 pm • 60 School Street, Boston 02108
“Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Women in Construction"
Susan Eisenberg—for 15 years, an electrician on Boston construction sites—will share two new books and an interactive online exhibition. Through poetry, nonfiction, and digital media, the experiences of women construction workers become a lens to explore how systems of discrimination and exclusion are maintained, including through her own complicity.

Susan Eisenberg
Poet, visual artist, and oral historian Susan Eisenberg plays with scale and juxtaposition to investigate issues of power and social policy. Stanley’s Girl (Cornell, 2018), her fifth poetry book, was published simultaneously with the nonfiction New York Times Notable Book, We’ll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction, With a New Preface (Cornell). Her art installation, On Equal Terms, will be on exhibit in Washington DC this spring. http://susaneisenberg.com

Free admission. Food and drink at Parker’s Bar not included / paid parking available / near State Street and Government Center T stations. RSVP and more information, Deborah Melone, dmelone@rcn.com or 617.924.7167



Readers/Speakers

Saturday April 27, 2019 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Kennedy Room, Omni Parker Hotel

4:30pm

In With the New: Poets Laureate Read at Florence Poetry Carnival
Outgoing Northampton poet laureate Amy Dryansky will introduce the new laureate to the community at the first Florence Poetry Carnival. Dryansky will welcome the new laureate, Karen Skolfield, at an event that will feature a reading by both poets, followed by a conversation and Q & A with the audience. 

The Florence Poetry Carnival is an all-volunteer event presented in conjunction with Massachusetts ArtWeek. The Carnival will take place on the grounds of the Florence Civic building at 90 Park Street. For this inaugural year of the Carnival community participants include Forbes Library, Northampton Chamber of Commerce, Florence Poets Society and the Emily Dickinson Museum. Local poets will be sharing impromptu readings and engaging the community in playful ways to listen and write as Florence closes out National Poetry Month.

Karen Skolfield’s book Battle Dress (W. W. Norton) won the Barnard Women Poets Prize and will be published August 2019. Her book Frost in the Low Areas (Zone 3 Press) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry, and she is the winner of the 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in poetry from The Missouri Review. Skolfield is a U.S. Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dryansky’s second book, Grass Whistle (Salmon Poetry, Ireland) received the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award for poetry. Her first, How I Got Lost So Close to Home, won the New England/New York Award from Alice James. She’s received honors/awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Poetry Society of America, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is assistant director of the Culture, Brain & Development Program at Hampshire College. 

The Poet Laureate position is funded by the Northampton Arts Council, an organization supported by the city of Northampton and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Florence Poetry Carnival is supported by a suggested donation of $5.00 per person, private donations and local businesses.

For more information about this event and the Florence Poetry Carnival, florencepoetrycarnival@gmail.com or go https://www.facebook.com/florencepoetrycarnival

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Karen Skolfield

Karen Skolfield

Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas (Zone 3 Press) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry. She is the winner of the 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in poetry from The Missouri Review; new poems appear in 32 Poems, Ploughshares, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Florence Civic Center 90 Park Street, Florence, MA

6:00pm

Elders and the experience of Alzheimers
Slate Roof Poet alum Cindy Snow presents "Elders and the experience of Alzheimers," a performance piece based on Cindy and SRP alum Susie Patlove's poems,  set to music and dance at the Radical Interconnectedness Festival. Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls.  For tickets and information: https://www.eggtooth.org/experience-now

Readers/Speakers

Saturday April 27, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Shea Theater Arts Center 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA

7:00pm

Robert Carr, Frances Donovan, and Kelly DuMar
Saturday April 27, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Third Life Studio 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA

7:30pm

Ekphrasis: Boston area poets respond to Boston area painters
Boston area poets respond to Boston area painters. The paintings will be displayed when the poems are read. Followed by brief Q&A.

POETS: Linda Bamber, Christine Casson, Jennifer Clarvoe, Tom Daley, Joan Houlihan, Dorian Kotsiopoulos, Theodora Stratis, Daniel Tobin.

PAINTERS: Peter Bain, Deepak Das, Younsheen Ahn Jhe, Emily Passman, Jeanine Sobell Pastore, Lauren Smith.

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Daniel Tobin

Daniel Tobin

Professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College
Daniel Tobin is the author of six books of poems, Where the World is Made, Double Life, The Narrows, Second Things, Belated Heavens (winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry), and The Net (2014). His seventh book of poems, From Nothing, is forthcoming in 2016. He is the author... Read More →
avatar for Tom Daley

Tom Daley

Instructor, Tom Daley Workshops
I lead workshops in poetry and memoir writing at community and adult education venues in the Boston area (including Boston Center for Adult Education and Lexington Community Education) and at my house in Cambridge. I am also a member of the faculty of the Online School of Poetry.I... Read More →
avatar for Theodora Stratis

Theodora Stratis

Theodora Stratis writes about everyday life, often against the background of her Greek heritage. She is interested in the dual sense of belonging to and isolation from community and family, and explores the theme of zenitia, or otherness. She has participated in local readings including... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm
First Parish UU Church 26 North Street, Medfield, MA 02052
 
Sunday, April 28
 

9:00am

Rockport Poetry Festival
SCHEDULE:
9-10am Breakfast at Brackett's Brothers Brew (25 MainStreet) where poets will be reading where we have our Rockport Poetry Open Mic

11:00am – 1:00pm at Spiran Hall (corner of School Street & Broadway) the "Dead Poets Society" which will be visits from a younger John Greenleaf Whittier, Emily Dickinson, a younger Robert Frost, and an older Anne Bradstreet... (in period costumes) presenting at approximately half hour intervals. A string quartet will perform during intermissions.

1:15pm at Rockport Public Library (corner of School Street & Broadway) Paperless Poetry Contest Award Ceremony. Winners presented Awards by Poet Laureates of Rockport and Gloucester then they read their poems.

2:15pm "Poet Laureates Present" Several poet Laureates from towns/cities in the region will read their work

3:15pm "End of the Line Poets" readings by poets from Rockport

4pm Festival Ekphrastic Verse Contest Award Ceremony held at Rockport Art Association and Museum (12 Main Street)

4:15pm "Rockport Poetry Open Mic" open for sign up by anyone from Cape Ann, the Northshore, and beyond! Rockport Public Library

6pm "You can Call Me Light" Film at Little Art Cinema (corner of School Street & Broadway) followed by music and readings from the musicians and poets in the film at the Festival Closing Reception

Throughout the Day
For folks just coming to town and unaware of the Festival and for those who want to just saunter along and experience the spoken word, we will have a map with sequential times and places posted for an “Unexpected Poetry Tour” with individual poets reading at various businesses.

Sunday April 28, 2019 9:00am - 9:00pm
Rockport, MA

2:00pm

2:15pm

30th Annual Monadnock Pastoral Poets Reading
Readers/Speakers
avatar for Diane Mulligan

Diane Mulligan

Managing Editor, The Worcester Review
I am the managing editor of The Worcester Review, as well as a novelist and a high school English teacher.


Sunday April 28, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Barbara C. Harris Center Lakefront House, Greenfield, NH

2:30pm

Slate Roof founding member Trish Crapo with Managing Editor Janet MacFadyen
Limited Capacity seats available

Slate Roof founding member Trish Crapo joins managing editor Janet MacFadyen in a reading at the Literary Rendezvous, 78 3rd St. in Turners Falls. Open mic followed by the featured readers. Literary Rendezvous is sponsored by the Straw Dog Writers Guild, www.strawdogwriters.org.

Trish Crapo has covered poetry and the arts for The Recorder, an award winning newspaper in western Massachusetts, reviewed fiction for the Women’s Review of Books, and has written for other publications including Provincetown Arts and Edible Pioneer Valley. Her 2014 book Dune Shack, a memoir in text and photos, chronicles a two-week residency in the wild dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Her Slate Roof chapbook, Walk Through Paradise Backwards, was reissued in 2018

Janet MacFadyen is the author of five works of poetry, most recently Adrift in the House of Rocks, a poetry- photo collaboration with the photographer Stephen Schmidt (New Feral Press, 2019). Her work has been nominated for the Forward Prize (UK) and two Pushcarts, anthologized in 50/50: Poems and Translations by Womxn over 50, and published in The Atlanta Review, Crannóg, Poetry, and elsewhere. She was a writing fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, a resident at Cill Rialaig in Ireland, and is currently the managing editor of Slate Roof Press.



Readers/Speakers
avatar for Janet MacFadyen

Janet MacFadyen

Managing Editor, Slate Roof Press
Janet is author of four works, most recently Waiting to Be Born (Dos Madres Press 2017) and In the Provincelands (Slate Roof Press 2012). Her poetry has been nominated the Forward Prize (UK), and twice for a Pushcart. It has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The Southern Poetry Review... Read More →



Sunday April 28, 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Literary Rendezvous, 78 3rd St, Turners Falls

9:30pm

Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam ft. Carla Schwartz
Carla Schwartz performs her poems and lyrics to the improvised jazz of the Jeff Robinson Trio (sax, drums, bass). 

Carla Schwartz is a poet, filmmaker, photographer, and blogger. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Aurorean, Fulcrum, Ibbetson Street, Leveler, Lost River, Mom Egg, SHARKPACK, The Practicing Poet: Writing Beyond the Basics, and City of Notions, A Boston Poetry Anthology, among others. Her most recent poetry collection is Intimacy with the Wind, Finishing Line Press (2017). Her CB99videos youtube channel has 2,000,000+ views. Learn more at carlapoet.com, or wakewiththesun.blogspot.com or find her on twitter or instagram @cb99videos.

Readers/Speakers

Sunday April 28, 2019 9:30pm - 11:30pm
The Lizard Lounge 1667 Mass. Ave. Cambridge
 
Monday, April 29
 

6:30pm

7:00pm

Gilmore Tamny, Toni Bee, and Natalie Shapero
Monday April 29, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Somerville Public Library 79 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA.

8:00pm

 
Tuesday, April 30
 

5:00pm

"First — Poets — Then the Sun —": A Writer’s Workshop
Emily Dickinson—when she counted at all—counted poets first. In this intimate poetry workshop held during private hours at the Emily Dickinson Museum, be inspired by the space and place that informed Dickinson’s own revolutionary poetic voice. Adult writers of any level and degree of experience are welcome to participate in this workshop facilitated by poet and writing coach Burleigh Muten. A private tour and prompts based on Dickinson's life and work will guide the workshop. Participants will spend time writing poetry in the historic rooms of the Dickinson Homestead, including the poet's bedroom. Snacks will be provided.
  • The participation fee is $40 per person.
  • Workshop is offered twice, participants choose one date
  • Advance reservation is required and space is limited
  • To register please e-mail EDMPrograms@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org and indicate your workshop date preference.
This program is offered as part of ArtWeek, presented by the Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center.

Tuesday April 30, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Emily Dickinson Museum 280 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002

6:00pm

Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series: David Davis
Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series features poet David Davis on Tuesday, April 30th at 6PM. This is the final event of Amesbury's celebration of National Poetry Month. David Davis will present poetry that is both witty and profound. He is the former Poet In Residence at the Joppa Flats Audubon Center in Newburyport.  He is a member of the Merrimac Open Mic group.  He has been a member of the Powow River Poets for over ten years, and helped organize the Powow River Poets reading series. Davis recently published a collection of poems titled Joppa Flats.  In addition, he has written a cycle of poems, Joy, centered on the theme of feeling more joy in life,

The library hosts a monthly poetry series with an open mic. Each month there will be a featured poet followed by a discussion, an open mic and light refreshments. Stephen R. Wagnerl, Amesbury Poet Laureate, hosts this event.

Readers/Speakers
DD

David Davis

David Davis is the current Poet In Residence at the Joppa Flats Audubon Center.  He has been a member of the Powow River Poets since 2005.  Davis is a retired high-tech entrepreneur and artificial intelligence consultant whose work has been featured in Newsweek, Scientific American... Read More →


Tuesday April 30, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Amesbury Public Library 149 Main St., Amesbury, MA

7:00pm

 
Wednesday, May 1
 

6:00pm

Gathering Voices: Poetry Writing Workshop
In honor of National Poetry Month, the Boston Public Library is running a series of generative poetry writing workshops! Using poet Marty McConnell’s book “Gathering Voices” as a guide, we’ll look at a different poem each week and then use that poem as inspiration to write one of our own. All poetry writers are welcome from beginner to expert. The workshops are free, but registration is required: https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5c890c596fdc8d742d21dc79

Instructor Erica Charis-Molling is a published poet, a creative writing instructor for Berklee College of Music's online college, and an M.F.A. candidate at Antioch University. She's also a Librarian at the BPL, who'd love to help you find your next poetry read.

Readers/Speakers

Wednesday May 1, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Boston Public Library Boston

6:00pm

Poetry Fuels Democracy - CAMBRIDGE FORUM Live w/Poet Richard Blanco
Join CAMBRIDGE FORUM and Charles RIver Museum of Industry and Innovation for a very special collaborative event at the Museum featuring former poet laureate Richard Blanco who will read and talk about his new book, How To Love A Country.

The evening will begin with a wine reception at 6:00pm; the event itself will kick off at 7 pm and a book-signing will follow. There will be live jazz preceding and following the reading by Ken Field/saxophone and Blake Newman/bass. - This free event is sponsored by the Lowell Institute.
As presidential inaugural poet, educator, and advocate, Richard Blanco has crisscrossed the nation inviting communities to connect to the heart of human experience and our shared identity as a country. In this new collection of poems, his first in over seven years, Blanco continues to invite a conversation with all Americans. Through an oracular yet intimate and accessible voice, he addresses the complexities and contradictions of our nationhood and the unresolved sociopolitical matters that affect us all.

The poems form a mosaic of seemingly varied topics: the Pulse Nightclub massacre; an unexpected encounter on a visit to Cuba; the forced exile of 8,500 Navajos in 1868; a lynching in Alabama; the arrival of a young Chinese woman at Angel Island in 1938; the incarceration of a gifted writer; and the poet’s abiding love for his partner, who he is finally allowed to wed as a gay man. But despite each poem’s unique concern or occasion, all are fundamentally struggling with the overwhelming question of how to love this country.

Blanco unravels the very fabric of the American narrative and pursues a resolution to the inherent contradiction of our nation’s psyche and mandate: e pluribus unum (out of many, one). Charged with the utopian idea that no single narrative is more important than another, this book asserts that America could and ought someday to be a country where all narratives converge into one, a country we can all be proud to love and where we can all truly thrive.

Please join Cambridge Forum at the Charles River Museum for an extraordinary evening experiencing how Poetry Fuels Democracy.

Readers/Speakers

Wednesday May 1, 2019 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation 154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453

7:30pm

Neeli Cherkovski to Read His Poetry in Gloucester
Neeli Cherkovski was born in Los Angeles and has Lived in San Francisco since 1974. He is the author of many books of poetry and prose and books translated into Turkish, German, Italian, and Spanish. He is recipient of a PEN Josephine Miles Award for excellence in literature and the Jack Mueller poetry prize for 2018. His latest books poetry are “In the Odes” and “Elegy for My Beat Generation.” Cherkovski’s papers are at the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.

He will read from “Elegy for My Beat Generation” and from a new book; “Hyper”. He will also be available to discuss poetics and lead conversation of same.

At the Gloucester Writers Center, our mission is to celebrate and preserve Gloucester’s literary history, and to share that literary spirit with all in our future. We work to ensure that every voice can explore, develop, and be heard through dialogue, the literary arts, and the artistic process.

For more information on the Gloucester Writers Center and our upcoming events, workshops, and classes, check us out on Facebook, YouTube, @writers_center on Twitter, @gloucesterwriterscenter on Instagram and Tumblr, find our podcasts on iTunes, or head to our website: www.GloucesterWriters.org.

Wednesday May 1, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Gloucester Writers Center 126 East Main Street Gloucester
 
Thursday, May 2
 

6:30pm

A Tribute to Mary Oliver at ArtWeek
Join Mass Poetry at WBUR CitySpace for "A Tribute to Mary Oliver," where a panel of poets whose works and lives have been impacted by Oliver’s work will read from her poetry, share some of their own work and participate in a Q&A led by a WBUR moderator.

Purchase tickets here: https://www.wbur.org/events/461193/a-tribute-to-mary-oliver

Mary Oliver was a prolific poet and writer, publishing a book almost every year or two, many of her works centering on the link between the spiritual and natural worlds. Oliver had strong ties to Massachusetts, making her home in Provincetown until her death earlier this year. Oliver’s work is lauded for its accessibility. As she has herself said, “Poetry, to be understood, must be clear. It mustn't be fancy.”

Panelists:

Helene Atwan has been director of Beacon Press since 1996. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Virginia. Her acquisitions at Beacon include Gayl Jones’s "The Healing," a National Book Award Finalist, five books by Danielle Ofi, books by Rashid Khalidi and Cornel West and Anita Hill. In poetry, she has published Richard Blanco’s "For All of Us," "One Today" and "How to Love a Country," books by Sonia Sanchez, and Jay Parini.  For over a decade, Helene worked closely with Mary Oliver on ten volumes of poetry, two audio books and one book of prose, poetry and photography by her life partner, Molly Malone Cook.

Krysten Hill received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currently teaches. Her work can be found in apt, The Baltimore Review, B O D Y,  Boiler Magazine, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Word Riot, Muzzle, PAN K, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Winter Tangerine Review. She is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. Her chapbook, "How Her Spirit Got Out," received the 2017 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize.

Susan Edwards Richmond writes about the relationship between human beings and wild nature and teaches in Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Community Preschool. She is poet-in-residence at Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio, where she curates a plein air poetry event and posts a poem of the month. She is the author of five collections of nature-based poetry, including "Before We Were Birds" and "Birding in Winter."

Nadia Colburn is a writing teacher and writing coach who helps women find their voice. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have been published in more than 80 national publications, including The New Yorker, Spirituality & Health, American Poetry Review, Boston Globe Magazine, slate, Lion’s Roar, Harvard Review, and Kenyon Review. Her debut poetry collection, "The High Shelf," is forthcoming in 2019.
nadiacolburn.com

Event in partnership with Artweek.

Readers/Speakers
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Nadia Colburn

Poetry and Nonfiction Writer, Align Your Story
Nadia Colburn is the founder of Align Your Story, which offers one-on-one coaching and writing classes, online and in person. A poet and creative prose writers, Nadia attends to both craft and process in her teaching. Her own writing has been widely published in over sixty publications... Read More →
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Krysten Hill

Krysten Hill is an educator, writer, and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Blacksmith House, Cantab Lounge, Merrimack College, U35 Reading Series, Mr. Hip Presents, and many others. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston... Read More →

Hosts

Thursday May 2, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm
WBUR CitySpace 890 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
 
Saturday, May 4
 

1:00pm

Arrowsmith Press Book Launch, Co-Hosted by the Grolier Poetry Foundation and Forums Trust
Arrowsmith Press & The Grolier Poetry Foundation Present:
Romeo Oriogun
Mitch Manning
Martin Edmunds
Thomas Sayers Ellis
Reading from their newly published chapbooks!

Romeo Oriogun is a Nigerian poet whose poems have appeared in Brittle Paper, Connotation Press, Prairie Schooner, Dissident Blog , and Expound , among other publications. His poems have been translated into Estonian, Slovenian, and Swedish, and rendered into songs in Portuguese. He is the author of the chapbooks “Burnt Men” (Praxis) and “The Origin of Butterflies” (APBF and Akashic Books). He is the winner of the 2017 Brunel International African Prize for Poetry, his manuscript “My Body Is No Miracle” was shortlisted for the 2017 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, and his poem “Metamorphosis” was shortlisted for the inaugural Brittle Prize for Poetry. He is currently a Resident Scholar at Dunster House, an Institute of International Education Artist Protection Fund Fellow, a W.E.B. DuBois Research Institute Fellow, and the Harvard Scholars at Risk Fellow for Spring 2019.

Mitch Manning teaches in the English and Labor Studies programs at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and is Associate Director at the Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences. He is a poetry editor for Consequence Magazine and founding editor of NO INFINITE . His poems and interviews have been published in The Doris, BOOG City, Let The Bucket Down, Consequence Magazine, Sundial, Hollow, GAFF and elsewhere. 

Martin Edmunds book, The High Road to Taos , was chosen by Donald Hall for the National Poetry Series. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, The Paris Review, Little Star, Grand Street, The Nation, The Partisan Review, Southwest Review , and Agni among other journals and anthologies; three poems are featured on the Yeats Society of NY website. Awards and honors include an Artist Fellowship in Poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the “Discovery”/ The Nation Prize, the Lloyd McKim Garrison Medal for Poetry, and the Harvard Monthly Prize. Edmunds was an Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for many years, where he wrote plays, verse plays, libretti, and entertainments. He has also written and co-written screenplays, including Passion in the Desert , a feature adaptation of the Balzac story for Roland Films released by Fine Line. Edmunds works as a freelance editor, teaches creative writing and versification, and digs life on the Outer Cape as a landscaper, clam raker, and oysterer.

Thomas Sayers Ellis , poet, photographer, professor and bandleader, is the author of The Maverick Room and Skin, Inc. He was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in Poetry. He co-founded The Dark Room Collective and The Dark Room Reading Series in 1989 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has taught in various Universities and published, both poems and photographs, in numerous journals, including The Paris Review, Poetry, The Nation and Best American Poetry (1997, 2001, 2010, 2015). In 2015, he co-founded Heroes Are Gang Leaders, a literary free Jazz band of artists, which won the American Book Award for Oral Poetry this year.

All books will be available for purchase at our event.


Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Friends Meetinghouse 5 Longfellow Park

7:00pm

Memory Imaging (Immersive Poetry)
Join us for an intimate gathering in the Red Barn to sift through past and present. Drawing on the sharing of selections of "Memory Project 41”(Underground Books, 2018) by NYC-based poet Olena Jennings, as well selections from local poet Dzvinia Orlowsky's latest book "Bad Harvest,” (Carnegie University Press, 2018) attendees will be encouraged to elicit their own memories of time and place to project and keep or crumple and ignite in a bonfire following the reading.

Author Websites:

https://dzviniaorlowsky.com
https://www.olenajennings.com


Saturday May 4, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Red Barn 90 Prospect Street, Marshfield Hills, MA
 
Sunday, May 5
 

4:00pm

 
Tuesday, May 7
 

7:00pm

An Evening of Live Storytelling: Project Catapult Showcase
PRX would like to invite you to an exciting evening of live storytelling! 

Over the past 20 weeks, five public radio stations from across the country have been training with PRX to design and launch podcasts as part of our innovative podcast accelerator – Project Catapult. And now they’re ready to debut their work in live, multimedia performance at the Project Catapult Showcase on May 7 at the Oberon - American Repertory Theater! 

Maybe you’re interested in how one Indiana fertility doctor misled dozens of families, or how Southern hip-hop has shaped the world. Perhaps you’d like to explore how ordinary people navigate their faith and spiritual identity, or what we can expect now that marijuana legalization is sweeping the nation. Or maybe you just want to learn how to love and appreciate music from the perspective of a kid in a classroom. There’s a little something for everyone!

The evening will be hosted by Julio Ricardo Varela, co-host of the In the Thick podcast and co-founder of Latino Rebels. There will be custom cocktails and live music – and we can’t wait to celebrate this momentous milestone with you!

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: https://americanrepertorytheater.org/shows-events/project-catapult-showcase/

We want this event to be open and accessible to all audiences. Please contact TrainingTeam@PRX.org if the general admission ticket price is in any way prohibitive.

 
Wednesday, May 8
 

6:00pm

Gathering Voices: Poetry Writing Workshop
In honor of National Poetry Month, the Boston Public Library is running a series of generative poetry writing workshops! Using poet Marty McConnell’s book “Gathering Voices” as a guide, we’ll look at a different poem each week and then use that poem as inspiration to write one of our own. All poetry writers are welcome from beginner to expert. The workshops are free, but registration is required: https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5c890c596fdc8d742d21dc7a

Instructor Erica Charis-Molling is a published poet, a creative writing instructor for Berklee College of Music's online college, and an M.F.A. candidate at Antioch University. She's also a Librarian at the BPL, who'd love to help you find your next poetry read.


Readers/Speakers

Wednesday May 8, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Boston Public Library Boston
 
Friday, May 10
 

6:00pm

Writing The Heroine's Journey: In Memoir, Poetry, Prose & Drama
Boston & New England area writers — please join us for our 4th annual creative writing retreat with four outstanding IWWG instructors. Our Writing The Heroine’s Journey Writing Retreat offers you professional and personal insights into writing memoir, myth & monologue in crafting prose, as well as exceptional enrichment of your creative life. Experience the gifts of the Guild community during our annual regional event in MetroWest Boston! To register & learn more, go to http://www.iwwg.org/boston-2019

WHAT: Writing The Heroine’s Journey: In Memoir, Poetry, Prose & Drama

WHERE: The Montrose School, 29 North Street, Medfield, MA

WHEN:    Friday, May 10, 2019, 6:00-9:00 p.m. 
Saturday May 11, 2019, 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.

COST: Includes snacks on Friday & lunch on Saturday 
$130 IWWG Members / $150 Non-members / $95 Full Time Student w/ID
New Member Special: $185 (includes one year $75 membership!    

WHO:
Maureen Murdock – The Heroine's Journey as a Narrative Structure for Memoir and Myth
Susan Tiberghien – The Alchemy of Journaling: Emerging from Darkness as Heroine 
Vanessa Jimenez Gabb – How the Political is Personal: The Heroine Probes Context in Poetry
Kelly DuMar – Voices of Unsung Heroines - Writing Photo Inspired Monologues for the Stage

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar is a poet and playwright from the Boston area who facilitates expressive writing workshops in a variety of settings. Kelly is proud to serve on the board and faculty of The International Women's Writing Guild. Her newest poetry and prose chapbook, Tree of the Apple, was... Read More →


Friday May 10, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Montrose School 29 North Street, Medfield, MA
 
Saturday, May 11
 

9:30am

Writing The Heroine's Journey: In Memoir, Poetry, Prose & Drama
Boston & New England area writers — please join us for our 4th annual creative writing retreat with four outstanding IWWG instructors. Our Writing The Heroine’s Journey Writing Retreat offers you professional and personal insights into writing memoir, myth & monologue in crafting prose, as well as exceptional enrichment of your creative life. Experience the gifts of the Guild community during our annual regional event in MetroWest Boston! To register & learn more, go to http://www.iwwg.org/boston-2019

WHAT: Writing The Heroine’s Journey: In Memoir, Poetry, Prose & Drama

WHERE: The Montrose School, 29 North Street, Medfield, MA

WHEN:    Friday, May 10, 2019, 6:00-9:00 p.m. 
Saturday May 11, 2019, 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.

COST: Includes snacks on Friday & lunch on Saturday 
$130 IWWG Members / $150 Non-members / $95 Full Time Student w/ID
New Member Special: $185 (includes one year $75 membership!    

WHO:
Maureen Murdock – The Heroine's Journey as a Narrative Structure for Memoir and Myth
Susan Tiberghien – The Alchemy of Journaling: Emerging from Darkness as Heroine 
Vanessa Jimenez Gabb – How the Political is Personal: The Heroine Probes Context in Poetry
Kelly DuMar – Voices of Unsung Heroines - Writing Photo Inspired Monologues for the Stage

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar is a poet and playwright from the Boston area who facilitates expressive writing workshops in a variety of settings. Kelly is proud to serve on the board and faculty of The International Women's Writing Guild. Her newest poetry and prose chapbook, Tree of the Apple, was... Read More →


Saturday May 11, 2019 9:30am - 5:15pm
Montrose School 29 North Street, Medfield, MA

2:00pm

Poetry get-together and discussion hosted by Slate Roof Press and the Greenfield Public Library
Janet MacFadyen joins Greenfield poet Mary Clare Powell to lead a poetry get-together and discussion at the Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main St, Greenfield. Free. All are welcome. For more information, contact info@slateroofpress.com or the library at (413) 772-1544.

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Janet MacFadyen

Janet MacFadyen

Managing Editor, Slate Roof Press
Janet is author of four works, most recently Waiting to Be Born (Dos Madres Press 2017) and In the Provincelands (Slate Roof Press 2012). Her poetry has been nominated the Forward Prize (UK), and twice for a Pushcart. It has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The Southern Poetry Review... Read More →


Saturday May 11, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Greenfield Public Library 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301

4:00pm

Ninth Annual Ann Hutt Browning Poetry Reading ft. January Gill O'Neil

St. John’s Church in Ashfield is pleased to announce that January Gill O’Neil will be the featured reader for the Ninth Annual Ann Hutt Browning Poetry series. The reading will be held on Saturday, May 11, at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Church, Ashfield.  In addition, the Ann Hutt Browning Youth Poetry Contest winners will read their prize-winning poems at that time.

January Gill O’Neil is the author of Rewilding (fall 2018), Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009), published by CavanKerry Press. Her poem “Hoodie” recently appeared in the New York Times Magazine.  She is an assistant professor of English at Salem State University, and from 2012-2018, she served as executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. A Cave Canem fellow, January’s poems and articles also appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Ploughshares and Ecotone, among others. In 2018, January was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant, and was named the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence for 2019-2020 at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. She lives with her two children in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Sarah Browning, Ann’s daughter and founding director of the Split This Rock Poetry Project in Washington, D.C., whose recent collection of poetry is titled Killing Summer, will also speak at the reading. Judges for the Youth Contest include poets Susie Patlove, Marie Gauthier, and former Browning winner, Henry Lombino, a former Browning contest winner.

The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for signing, courtesy of Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls. Refreshments will be served.  This program is supported in part by grants from the Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont/Hawley, Deerfield, and Plainfield local cultural councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. 




Readers/Speakers

Saturday May 11, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
St. John's Church Ashfield, MA
 
Tuesday, May 14
 

6:30pm

Streetside Poetry I
Readers/Speakers
DB

David Blair

David Blair grew up in Pittsburgh. He is the author of three books of poetry, Ascension Days, which was chosen by Thomas Lux for the Del Sol Poetry Prize, Arsonville, and Friends with Dogs. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Ploughshares, Slate Magazine, and many other places... Read More →


Tuesday May 14, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Streetside 286 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915
 
Wednesday, May 15
 

TBA

The Slate Roof Press Broadside Award and Glass Prize
Only one month left to submit poems!

Slate Roof Press is celebrating the letterpress arts and 15 years of publishing uniquely beautiful chapbooks by offering a broadside competition this year. We will select two poems to become letterpress broadsides. One poem will be drawn only from contestants living in either Franklin or Hampshire county in Massachusetts. The second poem will be drawn from contestants across the United States.
Each contest winner will receive $250 for the Glass Prize. Each poem will be printed in a beautiful limited letterpress edition of 100 numbered and signed copies. We will sponsor a reading for the local winner, and also record readings of both winners to be posted on Facebook and other venues. Winners receive 10 author copies of their broadside.

$10 reading fee per submission
Deadline: June 15, 2019

For full details see http://www.slateroofpress.com/contest



Wednesday May 15, 2019 TBA
 
Tuesday, May 21
 

7:00pm

May U35 Reading Series w/Mass Poetry
U35 is a bi-monthly reading series for poets under 35, held once each January, March, May, July, September, and November. The series seeks to promote and bolster young Massachusetts poets while giving them a venue to share their work and connect with other poets. If you are a poet under the age of 35, sign up to read via Mass Poetry's website!
http://www.masspoetry.org/u35

Our May readers are Shirley Jones-Luke, Kailey Tedesco, and Rhosalyn Williams. Read more about them below:

Shirley Jones-Luke is a writer, poet and public speaker who lives in Dorchester. Shirley is an educator with the Boston Public Schools, teaching English Language Arts. She has been published in several journals and magazines, including Anti-Heroin Chic, Deluge, For the Sonorous, and Longleaf Review. Her work has earned her spots at VONA (Voices of Our Nation), Tin House, Breadloaf and The Watering Hole Poetry Retreat. Shirley's poems were nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Award.

Kailey Tedesco is the author of She Used to be on a Milk Carton (April Gloaming Publishing), These Ghosts of Mine, Siamese (Dancing Girl Press) and Lizzie, Speak (White Stag Publishing). She is an associate editor for Luna Luna Magazine and a co-curator for A Witch's Craft: Panel & Reading
Series. You can find her work featured or forthcoming in Fairy Tale Review, Black Warrior Review, Electric Literature, Bone Bouquet Journal, New South, fields, and more. For further information, please follow @kaileytedesco.

Rhosalyn Williams is a poet from Wenvoe, Wales and Tallahassee, Florida. She recently received her MFA from the University of New Hampshire where she taught poetry and worked as a reader for Barnstorm Literary Magazine. Her writing has appeared in Black Fox and Pulp. She currently works as
a waitress and tutor.

Hosts

Tuesday May 21, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Trident Booksellers & Cafe 338 Newbury St. Boston
 
Thursday, May 23
 

7:00pm

Reading and Craft Talk
Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, Apocalyptic Swing (a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize), and Rocket Fantastic, winner of the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University; a Rona Jaffe Woman Writer's Award; a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, TX; the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review; and a residency from the Civitella di Ranieri Foundation, among others. Calvocoressi's poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous magazines and journals including The Baffler, The New York Times, POETRY, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Tin House, and The New Yorker. Calvocoressi is an Editor at Large at Los Angeles Review of Books, and Poetry Editor at Southern Cultures. Works in progress include a non-fiction book entitled, The Year I Didn't Kill Myself and a novel, The Alderman of the Graveyard. Calvocoressi teaches at UNC Chapel Hill and lives in Carrboro, NC, where joy, compassion, and social justice are at the center of their personal and poetic practice. 

Wendy Drexler’s third poetry collection, Before There Was Before, was published by Iris Press in 2017. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Atlanta Review, Barrow Street, Ibbetson Street, J Journal, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, The Mid-American Review, The Hudson Review, The Threepenny Review, among others; featured on Verse Daily and WBUR’s Cognoscenti; and in numerous anthologies. She’s currently the poet in residence at New Mission High School in Hyde Park, MA.


Thursday May 23, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Belmont Books 79 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA

7:00pm

Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
Two featured readers followed by an open microphone. Free event, refreshments served.

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Porsha Olayiwola

Porsha Olayiwola

Porsha Olayiwola is the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. She bested more than seventy of the highest ranked slam poets in the world to earn these titles and is now one of the most sought after spoken word artists on the national circuit... Read More →


Thursday May 23, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Roslindale House 120 Poplar Street, Roslindale
 
Sunday, June 2
 

3:00pm

Punk Bands and Poetry at the Midway
Four punk bands from Boston will perform, and Jake Tringali will perform poetry between the bands. Bands include The Grommets, Jerry's Got Jokes, Kermit's Finger, and Cry Havoc.

Readers/Speakers

Sunday June 2, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Midway Cafe 3496 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
 
Thursday, June 6
 

11:30am

An Afternoon with Billy Collins
Billy Collins is an American phenomenon. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His work has appeared in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The American Scholar, he is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public Library “Literary Lion.” His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. His readings are usually standing room only, and his audience – enhanced tremendously by his appearances on National Public Radio – includes people of all backgrounds and age groups. The poems themselves best explain this phenomenon. The typical Collins poem opens on a clear and hospitable note but soon takes an unexpected turn; poems that begin in irony may end in a moment of lyric surprise. No wonder Collins sees his poetry as “a form of travel writing” and considers humor “a door into the serious.” It is a door that many thousands of readers have opened with amazement and delight.

Mr. Collins will offer some remarks, read selections from his poetry, entertain a Q & A session and for those who wish to meet him personally a book signing will follow.

Register online by Thursday, May 23 at: http://alumni.holycross.edu/CapeLuncheon2019
Questions may be directed to Tom McCabe via email:  tommccabe65@gmail.com

“Billy Collins writes lovely poems... Limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides.” — John Updike

Readers/Speakers

Thursday June 6, 2019 11:30am - 2:00pm
Cape Codder Resort & Spa 1225 Iyannough Road, Hyannis MA 02601
 
Friday, June 7
 

7:00pm

Poetry in the Parlor
Poetry reading followed by refreshments in the historic carriage shed at The Old Manse, which was once home to Hawthorne and Emerson. Built in 1770 for patriot minister William Emerson, the Old Manse became the center of Concord’s political, literary, and social revolutions over the course of the next century. The iconic house overlooks the North Bridge where the famous battle of April 19, 1775 took place, triggering the Revolutionary War. In the mid-19th-century, leading Transcendentalists such as Bronson Alcott , Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller discussed the issues of the day here, with the Hawthorne and Ripley families.


Friday June 7, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Old Manse Monument Street, Concord
 
Friday, September 27
 

6:30pm

The Dogtown Writers Festival
We would like to share with you a new event for writers coming in September of 2019! The Dogtown Writers Festival is for writers of all levels and includes nearly every genre. The Poetry workshop will be held at the T.S. Eliot House in Gloucester, MA. Further details to be released in May 2019.

Journalist Sandy Tolan, author Anita Diamant, and many more!

Friday September 27, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm
126 East Main Street Gloucester, MA
 


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