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Sunday, May 7 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
History's Inspiration: Poetry Out of the Past

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How does history influence the creative process? How do poets turn the events of the past into inspiration for poetry today? Poets Sarah Sousa (SPLIT THE CROW, CHURCH OF NEEDLES), Andrea Stone (AMERICAN SPELLING), and Ellen Dore Watson (poetry editor of the MASSACHUSETTS REVIEW and of Hedgerow Press) will read from their recent work, all of which looks back at moments in New England and Canadian history. Readings will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the audience. From Native American oral histories to Civil War narratives to earthshaking national crises, the past informs each poet's work in ways both literal and figurative, challenging form and genre as well as our understanding of shared histories. The event will be introduced and moderated by Ellen Dore Watson, with time for audience questions and participation.

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Sarah Sousa

Sarah Sousa is the founding editor of the alternative mini lit mag Queen of Cups. She is the author of two poetry collections: Split the Crow (Parlor Press, 2015) and Church of Needles, which won the 2013 Red Mountain Prize from Red Mountain Press. She also edited and transcribed The Diary of Esther Small, 1886 (Small Batch Books, 2014) which won the New England Book Festival Award for Regional Literature. Her poems have appeared in the... Read More →
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Ellen Dore Watson

Director of Poetry Center, Poetry Center at Smith College

Sunday May 7, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
PEM Create Space 2 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

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