June 12 begins this year’s legendary Connecticut poetry festival, Sunken Garden, with a reading by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith and readers selected from eight Connecticut poetry programs. The initial reading marks the first of the Sunken Garden series, which occurs every other Wednesday night for the summer.
Curious about poetry in other countries? Find out more of what’s happening internationally when Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner presents a reading of the work of three translators. All the works have been published by Zephyr Press.
What’s a trait you really admire in another person? I suspect most of us would rank the ability to laugh at one’s self right up there with generosity and kindness. Besides, laughter is catching — so we all get to benefit.
Alice Kociemba earned the admiration of a room full of people when she read her prize-winning poem in Steve Almond’s Bad Poetry Contest at the recent Massachusetts Poetry Festival.
Don’t miss out on your favorite events at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which is May 3-5 in Salem. Many of the workshops, readings, panels, etc. are already filled.
You’ll see the four easy steps to follow:
- Create a profile.
- Browse the schedule.
- Click the Plus sign to add an event to your personal schedule
- Buy a registration button, which grants you entry to events. ($15 regular; $7 for students and seniors, and $5 for workshops)
Now you are ready to print out your own personal agenda.
On Thursday, May 2, a Kerouac Symposium at Salem State University kicks off the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which runs in Salem through the 5th.
The May 2 Kerouac Symposium is not the first Kerouac event at Salem State. In fact the first one occurred 40 years ago, a little over four years after Kerouac died on October 23, 1969. It was the first time many of Kerouac’s old friends had been together since his death, says Jay McHale, a retired professor at Salem State and the organizer of the first event and the one to occur on this coming May 2. In fact Allen Ginsberg said at the first symposium, ““We’re paying homage to the memory of Jack Kerouac.”
With a reading by some of the state’s most well-known poets and writers, the Boston literary community joins the statewide effort to support those affected by the marathon attack. Those reading include Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate; Sue Miller, best-selling author of While I Was Gone and The Lake Shore Limited; Fanny Howe, award-winning poet, fiction writer, and essayist; author and AGNI editor Sven Birkerts; and acclaimed poet Jill McDonough. More authors may be named soon.
Here are two stories that may be of interest to our readers: an interview with Claire Keyes on Common Threads in the Salem News and a long audio interview with one of our feature poet Kevin Goodan on the New Books of Poetry site.
Louder than a Bomb (LTAB) Massachusetts is a youth poetry program that can change lives. Those that work with the program make that claim because they have seen it happen to young people they’ve worked with. And some of them have felt that change in their own lives as they got involved in Chicago where the program began.
But the program needs your financial help now.
What do the arts in Massachusetts mean to you? We ask our readers to think about that question because the House Ways and Means Committee has threatened to cut the budget for the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) by $1.5 million.
Sharon Olds, one of our Saturday night feature poets at the Mass Poetry Festival, has just won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. And Martin Espada, a Sunday headliner at the Cinco de Mayo reading, has just won the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award.
Congratulations to both winners!