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Sunday, May 1 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
“A Language for the Unknown”: The Interplay of Poetry and Science

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Careful observation, precise language, and a fascination with what poet and science writer Alison Hawthorne Deming calls “the unknown” are some of the commonalities between poetry and science. This panel examines the ways in which the two disciplines inform and inspire each other. How can astronomy, geology, or biology illuminate a relationship or expose human truth in poetry? How does a fact become a metaphor when it crosses the science/poetry border? How do curiosity and imagination play out in both arenas? Using their own poetry as well as examples from other poets and scientists, Heather Hughes, Rosemary Starace, and Ellen Goldstein discuss how science figures in their search for poetic meaning and “the unknown.”

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Ellen Goldstein

Ellen Goldstein was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her work has appeared in journals such as The Common, Measure, StorySouth, Solstice, Muddy River Review, and Post Road, as well as in the anthologies Queer South (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014, Bloomsbury Anthology of... Read More →

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Heather Hughes

Heather Hughes hangs her heart in her native Miami and her current town of Somerville. Her poems have recently appeared in The Adroit Journal, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Prelude, Sidereal Magazine, and others; and her reviews have featured in venues such as The Rumpus. She is a... Read More →
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Rosemary Starace

Rosemary Starace is a writer and visual artist living in Pittsfield, MA, USA. Her poems have appeared in Orion, Blueline, Yew, Studio, Lake, and other journals and books. She is author of the poetry collection, Requitements (Elephant Tree House), and co-editor, with Moira Richards... Read More →

Sunday May 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Hawthorne Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970