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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

Adam Grabowski's work has recently appeared in Off the Coast, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and Wilderness House Literary Review. He can be heard on voicemailpoems.org His second chapbook, The Washing Our Hands EP was released in 2015 and is available now through his website. He counts his voice as part of the Northampton Poetry Open Mic mosaic, where he facilitates a poetry workshop. He brings pie to a knife fight. He currently lives in... 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 teaches things about books and writing to students at the second smallest high school in Massachusetts. Mama of a Kai and Keegan, she is not above using their... Read More →
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Robbie Dunning

Northampton Poetry
A member of Northampton Poetry's 2015 slam team, and crowned "Chief Poet of Feelings" by an open mic regular, Robbie Dunning is a non-binary poet who uses the pronouns “he” and “they”. | | Recently published in "The Naked I: Self Defined" and "Voicemail Poems”, they are perhaps best known for their writing on transgender experience, family relationships, and overcoming trauma. | | With a strong performance background in... 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, Feel the Word, Read This, Kosmosis, One Night Stanzas, Drunk in a Midnight Choir and other literary magazines across the country. In 2015 she received her MSW at the... Read More →

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

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