Mass Poetry: Outdoor performances you won't want to miss, and more!
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Don't miss amazing musical acts, poetry performances, and more on our outdoor Performance Stage in Derby Square on Saturday, May 4!
As the Sparrow, 12 p.m. Poetry Out Loud Finalists, 1 p.m. Louder than a Bomb, 2 p.m. Helen Creeley Award Winners, 2:30 p.m. Boston Typewriter Orchestra, 3 p.m. Cape Ann Improv & Poetry Show, 4 p.m.
And bring your own poems for open mics in between acts!
Festival Spotlight Interested in families and relationships of all kinds? Check out these explorative and insightful events!
Primary Connections: Writing Poetry about Family | Friday May 3, 1:15-2:15 | Old Town Hall, Second Floor Richard Hoffman, Charles Coe, Susan Donnelly Writing poetry about one's family can be challenging. How do we address emotionally sensitive issues with both candor and sympathetic understanding? Why should the reader or listener care about the people in the poet's life? How is the connection made between the personal and the universal?
Sentimentality and its Absence in Contemporary Poems of Pregnancy and Motherhood | Saturday, May 4, 12:15-1:15 | PEM Native American Gallery Jennifer Militello, Arielle Greenberg, Lisa Olstein, Rebecca Wolff In this panel, poets who are also mothers will read poems and discuss the relationship of poetry to motherhood, exploring the ways in which poems of pregnancy and motherhood can both emphasize feeling and shy away from traditional approaches, as well as sharing poems that reflect on the experience in ways that welcome sentiment, reshape it, and even thwart it.
Writing Your Unwritten Recipe: Poems of Your Family's Immigration | Friday, May 3, 2:30-3:30 | Old Town Hall, First Floor Rachel Barenblatt, Monica Raymond, Joy Ladin, Merle Feld In this workshop, participants will read published poems that celebrate both immigrant stories and delicious food memories. This is your opportunity to write poems that celebrate both where our families come from, and the ways in which food continues to tie us to our family origins.
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