Massachusetts Poetry Festival at The Bridge

Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 11:00am to 8:30pm


Schedule of Events

11:00am - 12:00pm : Street Cred: Four Massachusetts Barrow Street Press Poets
Four Massachusetts poets will read from their books published by Barrow Street Press.

12:15pm - 1:15pm : Labor & Delivery: Emerging Poets on Notions of Literary Success
What constitutes the success of a poet, and to what extent is this notion collective, rather than individual? Are the parameters of success fixed, or malleable? How might we reconfigure success outside of or against institutional norms? Panelists will explore these topics from a range of positions and experiences—academic and non-academic; journal and book publications; reading series and editorial work; community-building and resource-sharing. What does it mean for each of us to be "emerging"? What could it mean in the future? We will discuss paths, strategies, dreams, and the sociopolitical ways in which our subject positions as people affect our choices as poets in the world. Drawing on our own journeys as well as those of our models and mentors, we invite festival attendees to participate in a lively conversation on what it means to succeed as a contemporary writer.

2:00pm - 3:00pm : Salamander 25th Anniversary Reading
Ben Berman, Danielle Legros Georges, and Kelle Groom, whose poetry appears in recent issues of SALAMANDER, will read from their new and recent work, in honor of SALAMANDER’s 25th anniversary. Ben Berman’s new collection, FIGURING IN THE FIGURE, was published in 2017 by Able Muse Press. Danielle Georges’s recent volume, THE DEAR REMOTE NEARNESS OF YOU, came out in 2016 from Barrow Street Press. Kelle Groom’s new collection SPILL was published in 2017 by Anhinga Press. Each poet will read for 12 minutes, followed by an informal question-and-answer session focused on how each thinks about the poetic line, including the metrical and free verse line, pauses and fragmentation within the line, and the various reasons for deploying the prose poem.

3:15pm - 4:15pm : Celebrating Our 25th: Four Way Books Reading
Join us for a reading to celebrate our 25th anniversary! There will be readings by five of our authors: Andrea Cohen (Unfathoming 2017), Miranda Field (Imaginary Royalty 2017), Vincent Guerra (When Hollywood Comes to You 2017), Margaree Little (Rest 2018), and Kamilah Aisha Moon (Starshine & Clay 2017).

7:00pm - 8:30pm : Headline Reading -Sonia Sanchez
Join us for a one-of-a-kind event featuring acclaimed poet and author Sonia Sanchez.

Pre-Sale General Admission $20
Pre-Sale General Admission + Workshop Fee $30
Pre-Sale Students and Seniors $7
Pre-Sale Students and Seniors + Workshop $77

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