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Saturday, April 30 • 11:00am - 4:00pm
Poetry Circus

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Come one! Come all! Festival goers will enter small booths and tents to listen to the poetry of the lost souls, bright-eyed stars, and seasoned veterans of the Dime Museum and Carnival circuit. They may have their fortune told through poem, overhear the inner monologue of a bearded woman, or help complete the thoughts of an amphibious young man. A few performers will circulate outside the tents, engaging passersby and entreating them to enter the tents while dancing or juggling. The strange and vibrant world of the traveling circus come to life in the center of the Poetry Festival, allowing festival goers to stop by between panels or stay all day if they choose. This multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory event will be fun and inspiring for all ages.

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Shari Caplan

Director, The Theatre of Words & Music
Shari Caplan is a poet and actress who dabbles in play and screenwriting and makes her living by tutoring at Bunker Hill Community College and sorting donations at Boomerangs run by AIDS Action. She is the Director of The Theatre of Words & Music, a bi-monthly event series at The Salem Athenaeum, where she is also the Writing Program Director. Shari is interested in bringing poetry to the masses, breaking molds, and finding new avenues of... Read More →

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Mariya Deykute

co-founder, Boston Poetry & Jazz Salon
I am a Russian-born poet, writer, teacher & performing artist. | | I have taught courses to the homeless, undergraduates, prison inmates, elementary school kids, high school students & seniors throughout Massachusetts. I've performed my work at the Somerville Center for the Arts, the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, 236 Gallery, the Brookline Booksmith and numerous venues in New England and beyond. | | I currently teach private & group... Read More →
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Jessica Lynne Furtado

JJ Lynne is the pseudonym of Jessica Furtado, a poet and photographer who makes a living as owner of the popular Etsy featured shop All You Need is Pug. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, apt, A Narrow Fellow, Rust + Moth, Spry, and Stirring, among others. Her micropoem collages and artwork have appeared in PANK, CALYX, The Brooklyn Quarterly, Muzzle, and more. JJ is co-editor of poetry for the literary journal Paper... Read More →
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Joseph Gould

Joey Gould is a tutor, poet, & deckbuilder who loves creating improv poetry & walking through Audubon sanctuaries. He has helped facilitate four poetry festivals & was only picked up by the police once.
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CJ Rizzo

beatnik bohemian poet, artist, musician, bmxer, surfer, gypsypiratewitch, health inspector, paranormal investigator, fire spinner, filmmaker, photographer, tarot reader, minstrel street performer, merry prankster, shaman, philanthropist, Jedi, and human being from Salem, Massachusetts. Host of “Rightin’ Words” poetry open mic/writers group in Salem and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival 2014 & 2015. Works include his first chapbook... Read More →
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Casey Lynn Roland

I am a Creative Writing teacher at Higgins Middle School in Peabody during the day, and in the afternoons/evenings I work at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School designing sets for the Stage One Drama Club. I am a writer and a poet, and am currently working through two series of poems - one based on mythology and folklore, and the other about growing up in New Hampshire. As an artist my major focus has lately been on illustrations... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2016 11:00am - 4:00pm
Armory Park Across from the Peabody Essex Museum