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Our Statewide Student Day of Poetry has been broke up into five regional events for 2015. You are now perusing the LOWELL event! 

On Thursday, December 10, Mass Poetry’s Student Day of Poetry is taking over UMass Lowell! SDOP features a morning poetry sampler, writing-generative workshops, performances, readings, and a student open mic. We’ve got something for everyone, from the student who isn’t even sure they like poetry to the senior leading the after-school poetry club. 
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Thursday, December 10
 

9:15am

Answering Caterpillar Questions
In Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, the caterpillar asks Alice "Who are You?" In this fast paced workshop, we'll explore a variety of ways to answer this question through poetry and explore how poets imaginatively "become" other people to discuss aspects of themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Varnavas

Melissa Varnavas

Melissa J. Varnavas is a poet, writer, and editor living in Beverly, Mass. A graduate of the Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College, her work has appeared in the literary journals in Oberon, End Times, Blast Furnace, Margie, The New Guard, and elsewhere. | | Sample Poem: | | Song for the replacement fish  | | Now the red spikey one disappears itself.  | In the next vase, the one with its tail tipped  | | too bright for... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
TBA

9:15am

Be The Poem
Writing about your own experience comes with upsides and downsides. You have years of material and a clear story, but how do you write about it in a way that makes sense to your readers? How do we make ourselves real to other people? Let's explore how to describe our own lives.

Speakers
avatar for Joey Gould

Joey Gould

Joey Gould volunteers for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem and tutors writing at Framingham State University. He enjoys spontanious art and has composed poems alongside an improv comedy troop. Whenever his poetry friends have a crazy idea for an event, like a poetry circus, an poems-on-demand table at an art opening, or a belly-dancing interpretive set, he gets the call. His poetry therefor appears, but often disappears later... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
TBA

9:15am

Cartoons Have Feelings Too
Sometimes the best way to write about ourselves is to put on a mask. It might be hard to talk about how we experience love, but thinking about how a turtle experiences love might be easier. What does a flamingo have to say about gender roles? What does Bugs Bunny think about Hip Hop? In this workshop we will read persona poems from the perspective of a lobster, a mosquito, and the Road-Runner. Persona poems are poems written in the voice of someone or something else. We will write our own persona poems to play with the voice of someone else and learn more about ourselves in the process.

Speakers
avatar for José Olivarez

José Olivarez

Headliner
José Olivarez is the co-author of the book of poems Home Court. He is a graduate of Harvard University, the Program Director at Urban Word NYC, and an editor at Painted Bride Quarterly. A winner of a 2015 Bronx Recognizes Its Own award from the Bronx Council on the Arts, his work has been published or is forthcoming in The BreakBeat Poets, The Acentos Review, Specter Magazine, Union Station Magazine, and Luna Luna Magazine among other places... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
TBA

9:15am

Dude, Where's My Poem? Poetry of Place
Canada. Texas. Disneyland. It is interesting to think how the places we've lived in, visited, or just driven through influence our lives in big and small ways. Setting is often a big component in poetry; it can set up a story you're telling, show you a part of yourself you'd never known before, or the whole poem can be a reaction to that setting. I like to think of setting as a fluid term that not only describes environmental factors, such as city, or landscape, but also includes people, language, regional customs, etc. Poetry of place can help you understand what a setting has added to your person and what you contribute to it as well.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Plascencia

Cynthia Plascencia

Cynthia Plascencia is a third-year MFA poetry student at the University of New Hampshire. She received B.A. in English – Creative Writing from the University of Houston in 2010. Currently she serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the online literary journal, Barnstorm. Her poems can be found in Pebble Lake Review, Glass Mountain, The Acentos Review, and East Coast Literary Review, among others. | | Sample Poem: | | Wave me away with a Tall... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
TBA

9:15am

Great News!
“It is difficult/ to get the news from poems,” wrote poet William Carlos Williams, “Yet men die miserably every day/ for lack/ of what is found there.” In this workshop we’re going to make it easy for folks to get the news from poems—we’re going to write our own “poem-responses” to items featured in the global news! Not only will you learn about free-verse-poetry-writing-basics in this workshop (about how to write poems containing: potent language, vivid imagery and powerful lines), we’ll also discuss example poem-responses, various approaches to the poem-response, as well as the biggest news items of the day.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Jean

Jennifer Jean

Jennifer Jean’s most recent poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table Publishing). Other poetry collections include: The Archivist, Fishwife, and In the War; as well, she's released Fishwife Tales, a collaborative CD comprised of art songs and accompanied recitations. Her poetry and prose have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including: Drunken Boat, Tidal Basin Review, Denver Quarterly, Caketrain, Poetica, and The Mom... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
TBA

9:15am

I Put a Spell On You
What makes a poem a spell? In this workshop, we will look at examples of repetition in published poems, and we will write and chant our own poems. We will see how repetition and variation create energy and music in a poem.

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Lim

Sandra Lim

Sandra Lim is the author of two books of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque (Kore Press, 2006) and The Wilderness (W.W. Norton, 2014). She teaches literature and creative writing courses at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. | | Sample poem: | | Poetry (The Author to Her Book) | | It's the thing I choose,  | a nice bed in the hospital | from which to write about  | spring snow on the forest floor. 


Thursday December 10, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
TBA

9:15am

Jump Starting Your Writing and Not Buying Into Writers Block
Do you believe in writers block? I don't, because even though you may have heard all about it, writers block only exists if you want it to. It's all about FEAR! Today's workshop will demonstrate how to work with prompts, either pictures or words, and what's the best way to workshop. 

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Gager

Timothy Gager

Timothy Gager is the author of eleven books of short fiction and poetry. His latest, TheThursday Appointments of Bill Sloan, (Big Table Publishing) is his first novel. He hosts the successful Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts for over thirteen years and is the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival. His work appears in over 300 journals, of which nine have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has been read on... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
TBA

9:15am

Learning from Emerging Writers
A really cool opportunity to work with promising young writers from UMass Lowell’s creative writing concentration. Two talented college-aged writers will each guide students through a poetry-writing exercise after having discussed a few exemplary poems. Exercises will focus on some particular aspect of poetry—metaphor, collage, repetition, or voice, for example. Students will have the opportunity to share the work they produce, and to ask questions about what it’s like to be a writer in college.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Darling

Sean Darling

Sean Darling is a junior majoring in English/Creative Writing at UMass Lowell. | | Sample poem: | | Hockey Season | | We climbed a squat grassy hill, | Wriggled under an old fence and back down | The other side again.  This time didn’t take long, | Without the catching and clattering  | Of homemade hockey sticks and snowboards | To make a racket as we angled them through  | Gaps and tossed them over the rusty fence... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Laureano

Victoria Laureano

Victoria is an undergraduate student with a major in English/Creative Writing and a minor in Italian. She is a senior with hopes of going to graduate school so she can achieve her dream of teaching English to middle school students. | | Sample poem: | | White Walls | | Faced with a wall, | a blockage | in the road | like double yellow highway lines, | I found myself unable | to cross. Sturdy, stoic, serving | only to protect my safety, ... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
TBA

9:15am

Poetry and the Contemporary Voice
In this workshop, we'll explore works of poetry that focus on present day speech and references. From current events to pop culture to techno babble, we'll explore poems that are rooted in the here and now. We'll also have a small in class exercise, so we can write and share some poems of our own!

Speakers
avatar for M.P. Carver

M.P. Carver

M.P. Carver lives in Salem, MA. She is poetry editor of "Soundings East", an editor at YesNo Press, and an intern for the Mass Poetry Festival. Her poetry has appeared in various journals, and she has featured in reading series across the state. | | Sample Poem: | | C A P I T A L I S M | | | My nephew’s not even three yet, | but already he can spell some words | like S A L E and M A L L | and I’m glad he’s picking up... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
TBA

9:15am

Poetry as Activism
This workshop will explore the intersection of spoken word/performance poetry as activism. Through videos, discussion, writing and performance, we will examine the ways this craft may be used for whatever battles in which we find ourselves engaged.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Mendoza

Jonathan Mendoza

Jonathan Mendoza is a Boston-based activist, spoken word artist, educator and musician. He is a two-time Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts alumni and is currently a member of slam teams representing Berklee College of Music and The House Slam of the Haley House Bakery and Café in Roxbury. Jonathan was nominated for ‘Best Poet’ and featured on finals stage at the 2015 College Union Poetry Slam International and, as of this past August, is a... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
TBA

9:15am

Poetry That Talks Back
“You will ask: why does your poetry/not speak to us of sleep, of the leaves, of the great volcanoes of your native land?/Come and see the blood in the streets,/come and see/the blood in the streets,/come and see the blood/in the streets!”

-Pablo Neruda

Some ask, “Should poems be political?” Others answer, “If you’re paying attention, how can they be anything else?” 

In this workshop, we’ll read and write poems that want to change the world. Poems concerned not solely with language, but with vision. We’ll use words that are clear, concrete, and urgently direct; words that believe in the possibility of justice. That demand it! Our poems will respectfully (or not so respectfully) disagree. We’ll work on poems that witness; that create a record. Poems that know before you can change things, you must be willing to name them. We will read and write poems that speak for those who have been silenced. Poems that know how to listen, and when to talk back.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Jones-Pruett

Danielle Jones-Pruett

Danielle Jones-Pruett holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and is assistant director of the Writers House. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2014, Beloit Poetry Journal, Southern Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, and a 2015 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. | | Sample Poem: | | Man Eats 15 lbs. of Bicycle | from... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
TBA

9:15am

Snakes Fight in the Spring
In Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Books, Mowgli is accepted into a wolf pack as a child. When he grows into a teenager, he is rejected by the wolves and returns to the village. He is of the jungle, but he is not of the jungle. He is from the village, but he is not from the village. “These two things fight together in me as the snakes fight in the spring.” Many tales in poetry and literature speak of this struggle of boundaries, when our identities do not fit into one category. Through Kipling’s poetry and our own written expression, we will speak of our own identities as they defy the borders that cannot contain us.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Mevorach

Amy Mevorach

Amy Mevorach is a performance poet and playwright. She organizes a youth open mic in Natick, MA the first Friday of every month. Look on facebook for Old Souls Open Mic. It's OSOM!!! Amy leads a weekly poetry workshop for youth and a monthly dialogue on racism in society at Common Street Spiritual Center, which she cofounded with her husband Rev. Dr. Ian Mevorach is 2012. Amy's mission is to free the voices of the unheard and the oppressed. Her... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
TBA

9:15am

Surrendering to the Metaphor
In this workshop we will work on surrendering to the metaphor.

Speakers
avatar for Aja Monet

Aja Monet

Headliner
Harry Belafonte has called Aja Monet “The true definition of an artist.” An internationally established poet, singer, performer, and educator, Monet’s craft is an in-depth reflection of emotional wisdom, skill, and activism. The youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title, she is recognized for combining her spellbound voice and powerful imagery on stage. Her books of poetry are Inner-City Chants... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
TBA

9:15am

The Great Emptying
In this creative and supportive generative workshop, we’ll focus on
what I call “The Great Emptying.” We’ll essentially practice the art
of writing The Catalogue Poem, The List, The Pillow Book. Here, we’ll
focus on the detailed list of images, phrases, ideas, objects, and
memories in our lives that somehow seem connected or gain energy by
being listed together. We’ll each generate lists of separate images,
strong details, and work to connect them to an overall theme. Inspired
from the original “Pillow Book” by Sei Shonagon (written circa 1000),
this is a place to let your voice pour out on the page. Let this be
the moment you open those notebooks and see what's essential, what’s linked, and what's vibrating as one.

Speakers
avatar for Ada Limón

Ada Limón

Headliner
Ada Limón is the author of three books of poetry, Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from New York University. Limón has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and is one of the judges for the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry. She works as a freelance writer and splits her time between Lexington... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
TBA

9:15am

Writing Through Movement
There are 1,000 ways to start a poem. This is 1,001. In this workshop we will explore how to enter the writing using nothing more that what we were born with: our bodies. Yes, it might be uncomfortable, but nothing worth trying isn't.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Febo

Anthony Febo

Febo has been teaching, performing, and living poetry for the last 8 years. As a lover of theatre, he finds ways to interweave it into his workshops. He also does the same with dance, challenging cultural identity, and Kanye West lyrics.


Thursday December 10, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
TBA

9:15am

Your Pictures as Poetry: Writing From Your Photo Stream
Our photo streams show what we care about and hope to preserve, what moves and mystifies us, the people, places and experiences that bring meaning into our lives. In this workshop, we’ll write poetically from personal photos that arrest our attention and unpack why they do. Writing poetry from photos allows us to express the truth of what we feel - and know - and haven’t said, as we capture the beauty and deeper meaning of an image in words. We’ll shape images into poems that reveal our personalities, identity relationships and creativity. Please bring photos to work from!

Speakers
avatar for Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar

Kelly is a playwright and poet who facilitates Writing Truth & Beauty workshops for creative writers across the US, including The Mass. Poetry Festival, The International Women’s Writing Guild, The Power of Words Conference, Southern Writers Conference, and Winter Wheat Festival. Her poems are published in many literary magazines, including “Lumina Online,” “Corium,” “Cape Cod Review,&rdquo... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
TBA

10:35am

Answering Caterpillar Questions
In Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, the caterpillar asks Alice "Who are You?" In this fast paced workshop, we'll explore a variety of ways to answer this question through poetry and explore how poets imaginatively "become" other people to discuss aspects of themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Varnavas

Melissa Varnavas

Melissa J. Varnavas is a poet, writer, and editor living in Beverly, Mass. A graduate of the Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College, her work has appeared in the literary journals in Oberon, End Times, Blast Furnace, Margie, The New Guard, and elsewhere. | | Sample Poem: | | Song for the replacement fish  | | Now the red spikey one disappears itself.  | In the next vase, the one with its tail tipped  | | too bright for... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am
TBA

10:35am

Be The Poem
Writing about your own experience comes with upsides and downsides. You have years of material and a clear story, but how do you write about it in a way that makes sense to your readers? How do we make ourselves real to other people? Let's explore how to describe our own lives.

Speakers
avatar for Joey Gould

Joey Gould

Joey Gould volunteers for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem and tutors writing at Framingham State University. He enjoys spontanious art and has composed poems alongside an improv comedy troop. Whenever his poetry friends have a crazy idea for an event, like a poetry circus, an poems-on-demand table at an art opening, or a belly-dancing interpretive set, he gets the call. His poetry therefor appears, but often disappears later... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am
TBA

10:35am

Cartoons Have Feelings Too
Sometimes the best way to write about ourselves is to put on a mask. It might be hard to talk about how we experience love, but thinking about how a turtle experiences love might be easier. What does a flamingo have to say about gender roles? What does Bugs Bunny think about Hip Hop? In this workshop we will read persona poems from the perspective of a lobster, a mosquito, and the Road-Runner. Persona poems are poems written in the voice of someone or something else. We will write our own persona poems to play with the voice of someone else and learn more about ourselves in the process.

Speakers
avatar for José Olivarez

José Olivarez

Headliner
José Olivarez is the co-author of the book of poems Home Court. He is a graduate of Harvard University, the Program Director at Urban Word NYC, and an editor at Painted Bride Quarterly. A winner of a 2015 Bronx Recognizes Its Own award from the Bronx Council on the Arts, his work has been published or is forthcoming in The BreakBeat Poets, The Acentos Review, Specter Magazine, Union Station Magazine, and Luna Luna Magazine among other places... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am
TBA

10:35am

Dude, Where's My Poem? Poetry of Place
Canada. Texas. Disneyland. It is interesting to think how the places we've lived in, visited, or just driven through influence our lives in big and small ways. Setting is often a big component in poetry; it can set up a story you're telling, show you a part of yourself you'd never known before, or the whole poem can be a reaction to that setting. I like to think of setting as a fluid term that not only describes environmental factors, such as city, or landscape, but also includes people, language, regional customs, etc. Poetry of place can help you understand what a setting has added to your person and what you contribute to it as well.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Plascencia

Cynthia Plascencia

Cynthia Plascencia is a third-year MFA poetry student at the University of New Hampshire. She received B.A. in English – Creative Writing from the University of Houston in 2010. Currently she serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the online literary journal, Barnstorm. Her poems can be found in Pebble Lake Review, Glass Mountain, The Acentos Review, and East Coast Literary Review, among others. | | Sample Poem: | | Wave me away with a Tall... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am
TBA

10:35am

Great News!
“It is difficult/ to get the news from poems,” wrote poet William Carlos Williams, “Yet men die miserably every day/ for lack/ of what is found there.” In this workshop we’re going to make it easy for folks to get the news from poems—we’re going to write our own “poem-responses” to items featured in the global news! Not only will you learn about free-verse-poetry-writing-basics in this workshop (about how to write poems containing: potent language, vivid imagery and powerful lines), we’ll also discuss example poem-responses, various approaches to the poem-response, as well as the biggest news items of the day.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Jean

Jennifer Jean

Jennifer Jean’s most recent poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table Publishing). Other poetry collections include: The Archivist, Fishwife, and In the War; as well, she's released Fishwife Tales, a collaborative CD comprised of art songs and accompanied recitations. Her poetry and prose have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including: Drunken Boat, Tidal Basin Review, Denver Quarterly, Caketrain, Poetica, and The Mom... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am
TBA

10:35am

I Put a Spell On You
What makes a poem a spell? In this workshop, we will look at examples of repetition in published poems, and we will write and chant our own poems. We will see how repetition and variation create energy and music in a poem.

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Lim

Sandra Lim

Sandra Lim is the author of two books of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque (Kore Press, 2006) and The Wilderness (W.W. Norton, 2014). She teaches literature and creative writing courses at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. | | Sample poem: | | Poetry (The Author to Her Book) | | It's the thing I choose,  | a nice bed in the hospital | from which to write about  | spring snow on the forest floor. 


Thursday December 10, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am
TBA

10:35am

Jump Starting Your Writing and Not Buying Into Writers Block
Do you believe in writers block? I don't, because even though you may have heard all about it, writers block only exists if you want it to. It's all about FEAR! Today's workshop will demonstrate how to work with prompts, either pictures or words, and what's the best way to workshop. 

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Gager

Timothy Gager

Timothy Gager is the author of eleven books of short fiction and poetry. His latest, TheThursday Appointments of Bill Sloan, (Big Table Publishing) is his first novel. He hosts the successful Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts for over thirteen years and is the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival. His work appears in over 300 journals, of which nine have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has been read on... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am
TBA

10:35am

Learning from Emerging Writers
A really cool opportunity to work with promising young writers from UMass Lowell’s creative writing concentration. Two talented college-aged writers will each guide students through a poetry-writing exercise after having discussed a few exemplary poems. Exercises will focus on some particular aspect of poetry—metaphor, collage, repetition, or voice, for example. Students will have the opportunity to share the work they produce, and to ask questions about what it’s like to be a writer in college.

Speakers
avatar for Freddie Duquet

Freddie Duquet

Freddie Duquet is a senior at UMass Lowell with a major in English/Creative Writing and a minor in French. He also works on the staff of The Offering, UMass Lowell's literary magazine. Freddie first became interested in poetry in a high school creative writing class. A couple of his favorite poets are Robert Frost and Sylvia Plath. | | Sample poem: | | Sunday Park | | A stream above moves in and out of leaves. | The fibers cry... Read More →
avatar for Evan McCarthy

Evan McCarthy

Evan McCarthy is a senior in Umass Lowell's creative writing concentration who primarily likes to write non-fiction. His interest in writing and becoming a writer began in middle school.


Thursday December 10, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am
TBA

10:35am

Poetry and the Contemporary Voice
In this workshop, we'll explore works of poetry that focus on present day speech and references. From current events to pop culture to techno babble, we'll explore poems that are rooted in the here and now. We'll also have a small in class exercise, so we can write and share some poems of our own!

Speakers
avatar for M.P. Carver

M.P. Carver

M.P. Carver lives in Salem, MA. She is poetry editor of "Soundings East", an editor at YesNo Press, and an intern for the Mass Poetry Festival. Her poetry has appeared in various journals, and she has featured in reading series across the state. | | Sample Poem: | | C A P I T A L I S M | | | My nephew’s not even three yet, | but already he can spell some words | like S A L E and M A L L | and I’m glad he’s picking up... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am
TBA

10:35am

Poetry as Activism
This workshop will explore the intersection of spoken word/performance poetry as activism. Through videos, discussion, writing and performance, we will examine the ways this craft may be used for whatever battles in which we find ourselves engaged.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Mendoza

Jonathan Mendoza

Jonathan Mendoza is a Boston-based activist, spoken word artist, educator and musician. He is a two-time Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts alumni and is currently a member of slam teams representing Berklee College of Music and The House Slam of the Haley House Bakery and Café in Roxbury. Jonathan was nominated for ‘Best Poet’ and featured on finals stage at the 2015 College Union Poetry Slam International and, as of this past August, is a... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am
TBA

10:35am

Poetry That Talks Back
“You will ask: why does your poetry/not speak to us of sleep, of the leaves, of the great volcanoes of your native land?/Come and see the blood in the streets,/come and see/the blood in the streets,/come and see the blood/in the streets!”

-Pablo Neruda

Some ask, “Should poems be political?” Others answer, “If you’re paying attention, how can they be anything else?” 

In this workshop, we’ll read and write poems that want to change the world. Poems concerned not solely with language, but with vision. We’ll use words that are clear, concrete, and urgently direct; words that believe in the possibility of justice. That demand it! Our poems will respectfully (or not so respectfully) disagree. We’ll work on poems that witness; that create a record. Poems that know before you can change things, you must be willing to name them. We will read and write poems that speak for those who have been silenced. Poems that know how to listen, and when to talk back.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Jones-Pruett

Danielle Jones-Pruett

Danielle Jones-Pruett holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and is assistant director of the Writers House. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2014, Beloit Poetry Journal, Southern Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, and a 2015 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. | | Sample Poem: | | Man Eats 15 lbs. of Bicycle | from... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am
TBA

10:35am

Snakes Fight in the Spring
In Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Books, Mowgli is accepted into a wolf pack as a child. When he grows into a teenager, he is rejected by the wolves and returns to the village. He is of the jungle, but he is not of the jungle. He is from the village, but he is not from the village. “These two things fight together in me as the snakes fight in the spring.” Many tales in poetry and literature speak of this struggle of boundaries, when our identities do not fit into one category. Through Kipling’s poetry and our own written expression, we will speak of our own identities as they defy the borders that cannot contain us.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Mevorach

Amy Mevorach

Amy Mevorach is a performance poet and playwright. She organizes a youth open mic in Natick, MA the first Friday of every month. Look on facebook for Old Souls Open Mic. It's OSOM!!! Amy leads a weekly poetry workshop for youth and a monthly dialogue on racism in society at Common Street Spiritual Center, which she cofounded with her husband Rev. Dr. Ian Mevorach is 2012. Amy's mission is to free the voices of the unheard and the oppressed. Her... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am
TBA

10:35am

Surrendering to the Metaphor
In this workshop we will work on surrendering to the metaphor.

Speakers
avatar for Aja Monet

Aja Monet

Headliner
Harry Belafonte has called Aja Monet “The true definition of an artist.” An internationally established poet, singer, performer, and educator, Monet’s craft is an in-depth reflection of emotional wisdom, skill, and activism. The youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title, she is recognized for combining her spellbound voice and powerful imagery on stage. Her books of poetry are Inner-City Chants... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am
TBA

10:35am

The Great Emptying
In this creative and supportive generative workshop, we’ll focus on
what I call “The Great Emptying.” We’ll essentially practice the art
of writing The Catalogue Poem, The List, The Pillow Book. Here, we’ll
focus on the detailed list of images, phrases, ideas, objects, and
memories in our lives that somehow seem connected or gain energy by
being listed together. We’ll each generate lists of separate images,
strong details, and work to connect them to an overall theme. Inspired
from the original “Pillow Book” by Sei Shonagon (written circa 1000),
this is a place to let your voice pour out on the page. Let this be
the moment you open those notebooks and see what's essential, what’s linked, and what's vibrating as one.

Speakers
avatar for Ada Limón

Ada Limón

Headliner
Ada Limón is the author of three books of poetry, Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from New York University. Limón has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and is one of the judges for the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry. She works as a freelance writer and splits her time between Lexington... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am
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10:35am

Writing Through Movement
There are 1,000 ways to start a poem. This is 1,001. In this workshop we will explore how to enter the writing using nothing more that what we were born with: our bodies. Yes, it might be uncomfortable, but nothing worth trying isn't.

Speakers
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Anthony Febo

Febo has been teaching, performing, and living poetry for the last 8 years. As a lover of theatre, he finds ways to interweave it into his workshops. He also does the same with dance, challenging cultural identity, and Kanye West lyrics.


Thursday December 10, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am
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10:35am

Your Pictures as Poetry: Writing From Your Photo Stream
Our photo streams show what we care about and hope to preserve, what moves and mystifies us, the people, places and experiences that bring meaning into our lives. In this workshop, we’ll write poetically from personal photos that arrest our attention and unpack why they do. Writing poetry from photos allows us to express the truth of what we feel - and know - and haven’t said, as we capture the beauty and deeper meaning of an image in words. We’ll shape images into poems that reveal our personalities, identity relationships and creativity. Please bring photos to work from!

Speakers
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Kelly DuMar

Kelly is a playwright and poet who facilitates Writing Truth & Beauty workshops for creative writers across the US, including The Mass. Poetry Festival, The International Women’s Writing Guild, The Power of Words Conference, Southern Writers Conference, and Winter Wheat Festival. Her poems are published in many literary magazines, including “Lumina Online,” “Corium,” “Cape Cod Review,&rdquo... Read More →


Thursday December 10, 2015 10:35am - 11:50am
TBA