Thursday, May 1, 2014

Want to read your poetry at the festival this weekend?

Performance stage schedule, Cornelius Eady, The Nuyorican Slam Team, Line Break, emerging poets, and more
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The performance stage boasts many great acts--including yours!

Saturday, May 3
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Derby Square outside of Old Town Hall

12:00 - 12:45: As the Sparrow
12:45 - 1:00: Open mike
1:00 - 1:30: Poetry Out Loud
1:30 - 2:00: Slam Poetry Performance
2:00 - 2:45: Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize
2:45 - 3:00: Open mike
3:00 - 3:40: Jade Sylvan
3:40 - 4:10: The Reservoir Writers
4:15 - 4:45: Jennifer Greer Trio
4:45 - 5:00: Open mike
The festival is just days away! A reminder: Buttons that you have pre-purchased can be picked up, and buttons are also available for purchase, at Festival Headquarters (121 Museum Place Mall) and our Info Booths (located along the Pedestrian Mall).

Please note that Headquarters closes prior to our Friday and Saturday night headline readings, but buttons can be picked up and/or purchased directly at those readings, as well as at the Friday and Saturday night slams.

A look at Cornelius Eady

by Jennifer Jean

Many of my favorite contemporary writers happen to be former fellows of Cave Canem—a writers "affinity group" for African Americans, co-founded by Cornelius Eady and Toi Derricotte. Every year, several Cave Canem fellows trek in for a Mass Poetry Festival group reading—and their reading always rocks! This year's offering has another stellar line-up: Jamaal May, Nicole Terez Dutton, January O'Neil — and Eady, who's considered an "elder" in the community. Get to know Cornelius Eady in my essay, here.
Sessions with Cornelius Eady:
Poetry and Music | Saturday, May 3, 12:45 - 1:45
Cave Canem Group Reading | Saturday, May 3, 2:45 - 3:45
Saturday Night Headline Reading | Saturday, May 3, 7:30 - 9:15

In the spotlight...

In each newsletter between now and the festival, we will be highlighting a different session. 


Generation Write

Saturday, May 3 • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Charter School, Room 1
with Mahogany Browne and The Nuyorican 2013 Slam Team 
This workshop will help generate new ideas. There will be a lively discussion on writing prompts and ways to combat writers block. Participants will walk away with suggestions and several writing prompts inspired by contemporary poetry. Handouts available.

What do you get when you bring a hammock to the PEM during the Mass Poetry Festival? 

Line Break: A Poetry Installation by Colleen Michaels and Lillian Harden

Friday-Sunday, May 2-4 • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Peabody Essex Museum, 1st Floor: Spiral Staircase; 3rd Floor: Taj Mahal Gallery

Playing with the idea of a writing retreat, artist Lillian Harden and poet Colleen Michaels have created a reflective space within the festival. Participants are invited to spend time in the installation, reclining on soft seating under dim lights. There is a hammock above, reminiscent of smocked clothing; the sound of an old slide projector and its slow offering of words; a basket of handmade blank books within reach. This piece invites you to shift your posture, adjust your eyes, and bring your voice down to a whisper. This is your time out. Write or don't write (the books are yours to take), and enjoy the space created in Line Break. Read more about Line Break here.

Buy your festival button online or at any of these stores: 

The Book Shop of Beverly Farms

Brookline Booksmith

Grolier Poetry Bookshop
Porter Square Books
Rodney's Books
Harvard Bookstore

Concord Bookshop

Jabberwocky Bookshop

Spirit of '76 Bookstore

The Roost
Salem Trolley Depot
SSU English Dept.

What else should you check out at the festival? We're glad you asked! Take a peek at:

Emerging Poet Heather Treseler opening our Friday Night Headline Reading

Emerging Poet Krysten Hill opening our Saturday Night Headline Reading

Poetry Meet-Up at Howling Wolf--Let's get our mingle on!

Friday Night College Slam

Saturday Night Slam (Nuyorican Poets CafĂ©, Providence Slam, Boston Poetry Slam, Lizard Lounge)

North of Boston: Four new Hampshire Poets

Boston and Beyond: A Reading for Salamander
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