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Saturday, April 30 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Off the Beaten Path: Poetry in the Hinterlands

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The Big Apple, the Hub, the Windy City, LA. What if you happen to live far from the vibrancy and variety of city life? How can you bring top-notch poetry into your own community where appropriate venues are scarce, funding is tight, and writers are scattered? Poets from the North Shore of Massachusetts and the Catskills and Hudson Highlands in New York will talk about how we have each created successful, innovative ways to nurture poetry way off the beaten path. We will offer a fresh take on the possibilities for sharing and promoting poetry locally on air, in plein air, on stage, on the page, in the laundromat, and in the roller rink. Our imaginative poetry initiatives can be adapted anywhere—even downtown! Easy-to-follow instructions for launching unique literary programs and events will be included.

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Jo Pitkin

Poet and Educational Writer, Pear Tree Hill Editorial Services
I received a BA from Kirkland College, a progressive women's college that pioneered the creative writing undergraduate degree, and an MFA in poetry from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. I am the author of a chapbook and four full-length volumes of poetry—Cradle of... Read More →

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Sharon Israel

SHARON ISRAEL hosts the radio program, Planet Poet, an edition of the Writer's Voice, on WIOX FM, in Roxbury, New York, a hamlet in the Catskill Mountains. As a poet and soprano, Sharon collaborates with composer Robert Cucinotta on works for voice, live instruments, and electronics... Read More →
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Colleen Michaels

Founder/Host, Improbable Places Poetry Tour
Colleen Michaels’ poems appear in journals and anthologies and have been commissioned as installations for The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, The Peabody Essex Museum, and The Trustees of Reservations. She directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art where she has hosted... Read More →
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Will Nixon

I'm the author of "Acrostic Woodstock," a portrait in poems of Woodstock, New York. I'm the co-author of "Walking Woodstock: Journeys into the Wild Heart of America's Most Famous Small Town" and "The Pocket Guide to Woodstock."
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Pamela Manché Pearce

Pamela Manche Pearce founded POETS READ POETRY, a monthly meeting of Hudson Valley poets who chose poems on a set theme to read and discuss. Certified in the Amherst Writers & Artists workshop method, she leads a weekly poetry group at a senior residence as well as workshops and retreats... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Old Town Hall 2nd Fl 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970