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Sunday, May 1 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Working Class Poetics

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This session explores poetry by and about working class lives. We will explore the concept of privilege, asking questions about who gets to tell their poetic stories, and why. Sally Bellerose and Ellen LaFleche will read poetry describing their childhood experiences with poverty and class, including poems from LaFleche’s chapbook Workers' Rites and Bellerose’s poems about growing up in a mill town in western MA. Howie Faerstein will read his poetry, including selections from his book Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn. These poems challenge notions of class in the USA. Oonagh Doherty will read poetry about her experiences as a poverty lawyer and hand out a poem that asks questions about privilege and intersectionality and connects classism with other social issues including ageism, ableism and racism. Audience questions and a discussion period will follow.

Moderators
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Ellen LaFleche

Ellen LaFleche has published three chapbooks of poetry: Workers Rites (Providence Athenaeum); Ovarian (Dallas Poets Community Press); and Beatrice (Tiger's Eye Press.) She is a winner of the Philbrick Poetry Prize, the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, New Millennium Writings Poetry Prize (shared with Jim Glenn Thatcher) and the Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Prize. She is assistant judge for the North Street Book Prize at winningwriters.com.

Speakers
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Sally Bellerose

Sally Bellerose’s poetry is featured in Lady Business, Sibling Rivalry. Her novel The Girls Club, Bywater Books, won many awards including an NEA Fellowship. Her current project Fishwives features old women behaving badly. Excerpts won first place in the 2012 and 2014 Saints and Sinners contest (and she got to give featured reading and misbehave in New Orleans), excerpts appeared in BLOOM Literary Magazine and an the Catholic literary journal... Read More →
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Oonagh Doherty

Oonagh Doherty was born in Scotland, and grew up in both the United Kingdom and the United States. She is seriously interested in poetry about cultural clashes, connections between people who seem very different, globalization, desire, misunderstanding, love, and loss. She has published prose in 34th Parallel, The Connecticut Review, and Epiphany and has published poetry in many venues, including Margie – The American Journal of Poetry... Read More →
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Howie Faerstein

Westfield State University
Howie Faerstein’s full-length book of poetry, Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn, a selection of the Silver Concho Poetry Series, was published in 2013 by Press 53. His work can be found in numerous journals, including Great River Review, Nimrod (finalist in the Pablo Neruda Poetry Contest), CutThroat (featured as Discovery Poet), The Comstock Review, Off the Coast, Mudfish, and on-line in Gris-Gris, Connotation Press and Pirene’s Fountain... Read More →


Sunday May 1, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Hawthorne Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

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