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Tuesday, September 24


Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series
On Tuesday, September 24 at 6 PM the Amesbury Public Library Fall Poetry Series will feature New Hampshire poet Jimmy Pappas:

Jimmy Pappas served for the Air Force during the Vietnam War as an English language instructor training South Vietnamese soldiers. He received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Bridgewater State University and a Master’s in English literature from Rivier University. Jimmy is a retired teacher whose poems have been published in many journals, including Yellowchair Review, New Verse News, Shot Glass Journal, Kentucky Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Off the Coast, Boston Literary Magazine, The Ghazal Page, and War, Literature and the Arts. His poem “Bobby’s Story” was winner of the 2018 Rattle Poetry Prize Readers’ Choice Award. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire. Spring 2019 Rattle Chapbook Prize for Falling Off The Empire State Building.

Amesbury Public Library,149 Main St. hosts a monthly poetry series with an open mic.  Each month there is a featured poet followed by a discussion, an open mic and light refreshments. Stephen R. Wagner, Amesbury Poet Laureate, hosts this event.  Free and open to the public. For info: amesburypubliclibrary.org or 978-388-9771


Tuesday September 24, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Amesbury Public Library 149 Main St., Amesbury, MA
Friday, September 27


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
Saturday, September 28


The Dogtown Writers Festival
The Gloucester Writers Center has designed a special event to provide multiple creative opportunities for writing in unique venues, using the theme of “place.”

The Dogtown Writers Festival is slated for Friday and Saturday, September 27-28, 2019. The festival kicks off on Friday evening with a pre-keynote cocktail reception followed by the Joseph Garland Keynote Address, given by award winning journalist and author, Sandy Tolan. Saturday includes several discussion panels in the morning, nine afternoon writing workshops, and an evening dinner to close the weekend. Many writing genres are covered including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, personal essay, and play-writing. There will also be a dedicated onsite workshop in Dogtown Common and a workshop specifically for high school students, ages 14-18.

All of the events will explore, through dialogue and writing, the themes of:
“Words in Place,” “Words Over Time,” and “Words in People—Voices of Cape Ann.”
The instructors, moderators, and panelists are an accomplished group of authors, actors, journalists, and teachers. The GWC is blessed to have secured such wonderful talent.

The many events planned are going to give writers at any level numerous ways in which to expand their skills and connect with other creative people.

There are only TEN tickets per workshop, so please don’t wait! Click on the link below for more information and to get your tickets now! 

The Dogtown Writers Festival is generously funded in part by our incredible donors of the Gloucester Writers Center, the Mass Cultural Council and The Garland Legacy Project. The Gloucester Writers Center is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 public charity ·126 East Main Street, 
Gloucester MA. 01930

Saturday September 28, 2019 9:00am - 9:00pm
Gloucester Writers Center 126 East Main Street Gloucester

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