10:30 PM22:30

SHAKE THINGS UP Reimagining Poetry Revision

This workshop will focus on revision as an act of creation. It is designed for poets who want to transform dead drafts into fresh poems that leap, move, buzz, and take risks.

Using contemporary poetic models and a series of in-class exercises, participants will collaborate with each other, generate fresh ideas, experiment with structure, take apart and re-imagine their old work. The workshop is open to poets at all levels with a willingness to take their work in unexpected directions.

Information can be found here.

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9:15 AM09:15

New Hampshire Poetry Festival

May We Carry Our Mothers Forth in Our Bellies: Motherhood in the Arts and the Public Sphere, a Poetry Reading and Discussion

With Amy Dryansky, January Gill O’Neil, and Anna V. Q. Ross

Room 222: Boston University Poets & the Lineage of the Confessional Poem

With Rachel DeWoskin, Jacob Strautmann, and Frederick Speers

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1:30 PM13:30

The Poetry of Lost Voices--NH Poetry Festival

  • The New Hampshire Institute of Art (map)
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Panelists:  January Gill O’Neil, Jennifer Jean, Kirun Kapur

What role can poetry play in recovering and preserving voices that have been swallowed by the past or made invisible in the present? Voices from history, voices from vulnerable populations—the forgotten, the abused, the enslaved, the neglected. How can we render them alive in our poetry and what are the ethical considerations in doing so? Who has the right to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves? What part should factual, secondary source material play? Where is the line between empathy and appropriation? Three poets read and discuss their process and practice.

See the schedule for the New Hampshire Poetry Festival here.

Register here.

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11:00 AM11:00

You Probably Think This Poem Is About You: lovers, friends, family and children

Good poems tell the truth. As poets, we dig deep to create an honest, authentic experience on the page, but what happens when telling the truth hurts or exposes family members or loved ones? What happens when our version of events differs from the memories of others? Should we ask permission? Are there boundaries and responsibilities or are we always free to tell our own truth as we see it? Six poets read and discuss their own practices. Join us for a conversation about how private experience is transformed into public art.

More Info at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival website.

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2:00 PM14:00

What Makes A Poem Great @ The Salem Athanaeum

What Makes a Poem Great:
Poets Share Their Favorite Poems

Have you ever puzzled over a poem?  Do you want to learn what poems have guided and inspired the poets of today?  Join host J.D. Scrimgeour and a collection of poets, including Jennifer Jean, Danielle Jones-Pruett, Kirun Kapur, Rich Murphy and Enzo Surin for a reading and discussion of their favorite contemporary poems.

Visit The Salem Athenaeum website for more information.

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7:00 PM19:00

Robert Pinsky and Kirun Kapur

  • St. Anna's Chapel, St. Paul's Episcopal Church (map)
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Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate, will read with Kirun Kapur as she launches her award-winning debut collection "Visiting Indira Gandhi's Palmist.


Tickets (either free, or including a signed copy of "Visiting Indira Gandhi's Palmist") available at EventBrite. Please register soon, as space is running out!

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2:15 PM14:15

IAAC Literary Festival

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Poetic License: Writing Contemporary Poetry

Presented by the Indo-American Arts Council as part of the First Annual IAAC Literary Festival which features work by authors whose heritage lies in the Indian subcontinent, as well as those who have written about a subject connected to any aspect of that part of the world. We will feature veteran as well as emerging authors along with publishers and literary agents in order to create exciting discussions surrounding the various genres and themes represented.

More Information at the IAAC site.

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5:30 PM17:30

Boston Book Festival

Poems and Pints

There’s no better way to wrap up a full day at the BBF than with a bite to eat, an adult beverage or two, and some terrific poetry at the appropriately literary Storyville Lounge. Joining us to read selections from their latest collections are Major Jackson, poetry editor of the Harvard Review and author most recently of the NAACP Image Award finalist Holding Company; Pushcart Prize-winning poet Jill McDonough, whose most recent collection is Where You Live; and Kirun Kapur, whose debut collection isVisiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist. 

More information available at the Boston Book Festival site.

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