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Sunday, May 1 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Greetings from the Happy Valley

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"Happy Valley" is local vernacular for the surrounding Northampton area of Western Mass. But Happy Valley can be a misnomer. This diverse group of poets is deeply committed to the act of writing as a social movement, whose common goal of merging the personal with the political into a growing 21st century narrative tradition. Some us might identify as “spoken word” poets, some of us might say “page poets” but all four of us come from Open Mic/Slam culture where the goal is to create the kind of writing that is both highly engaging and elegantly crafted, always with the audience/reader in mind. We are Tara Jean Bernier, Robbie Dunning, Adam Grabowski, and Lauren Singer. We are teachers, social workers, mothers, fathers, and caregivers. You will hear poems about identity, loss, sexuality, river jumping and other forms of rapture. You will leave happy.

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Adam Grabowski

Vermont College of Fine Arts
Adam's work has appeared in Off the Coast, jubilat, The Rattling Wall, The Naugatuck River Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Meat for Tea, and elsewhere. Adam received his MSW from Westfield State University in 2012 and is currently an MFA candidate at the Vermont College... Read More →

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Tara Jean Bernier

Tara Jean Bernier walked into an open mic in August of 2012, and never left. Currently, she is the slam master and co-host of the weekly Northampton Poetry open mic (though, admittedly, she is vexed by adding three numbers together after having two beers on slam nights). She also... Read More →
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Robbie Dunning

Movement Voter Project
Robbie Dunning is a poet, performer, artist and educator living and working on stolen land (specifically of the Pawtucket and Massa-adchu-es-et people). They have worked at Movement Voter Project since 2016 in a range of areas from graphic design to their current focus on Operations... Read More →
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Lauren Singer

Lauren Singer is the assistant judge of the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest, the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest, and the North Street Book Prize. She is a native New Yorker living in Western Massachusetts. Her poetry has been published in Nerve House, Bareback... Read More →

Sunday May 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Old Town Hall 2nd Fl 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970