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Saturday, April 30 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
The Full Catastrophe: Poets on Motherhood

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Three poets from western MA will look at how contemporary women poets use a variety of approaches to navigate the territory of "mother-poet." These poets and their poems fall all along the aesthetic continuum, and their work takes different approaches to the “condition” of motherhood. Using their own experience, as well as examples from other poets, they’ll talk about the struggle to find time and focus for their writing; the challenges of writing and parenting in a rural area; how motherhood is or isn’t present in their own work; the issue of including their children in published work; and whether the awareness of writing about motherhood has constrained or freed them in any way. They’ll also look at the distinction between motherhood as subject, and the impact of motherhood on creative process and formal strategies. The discussion will include poems as handouts for audience members and time for audience questions.

Moderators
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Marie Gauthier

Director of Sales & Marketing, Tupelo Press
Marie Gauthier is the author of Hunger All Inside (FLP, 2009). Her poems have appeared in The Common, Cave Wall, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. A 2008 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize recipient, she lives with her family in Shelburne Falls, MA where she works for Tupelo Press and runs the Collected Poets Series.

Speakers
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Amy Dryansky

Amy Dryansky's second book, "Grass Whistle" (Salmon) was published in 2013 and received the Massachusetts Book Award for poetry. Her first, "How I Got Lost So Close to Home," was published by Alice James and individual poems appear or are forthcoming in a variety of anthologies and journals, including Harvard Review, New England Review, Orion, Salamander, and The Women’s Review of Books. She has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes and... Read More →
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Sarah Sousa

Sarah Sousa’s poems have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Fugue, Tupelo Quarterly, Fourteen Hills and Tuesday; An Art Project, among others. She is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow and the recipient of awards from the Massachusetts Review, the Poetry Foundation and both the New York and New England Book Festivals. She is the author of the poetry collections Split the Crow (Parlor Press, 2015) and Church of Needles ( Red Mountain... Read More →


Saturday April 30, 2016 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Charter School 4 Museum Place Mall, 2nd Fl, Salem, MA 01970

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