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Saturday, May 6 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
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While writing is an interior act, a taking in of the world, it is also an outward gesture. It seeks to engage with and add to the world. This panel, comprised of leaders of the New England Poetry Club, will examine the relationship between poetry and community.

We will explore poets’ needs to develop audiences, to deepen our capacities as readers and as writers, and to help each other keep going despite the “resistance to poetry” famously described by Muriel Rukeyser.

We will ask: How can communities of writers (and readers) foster love of poetry? How can we make poetry matter? How can we use poetry to serve the world?

We will also consider the challenges of building community. How can a poetry club avoid insularity, competitiveness, and elitism? How can we invite others in? How can we make poetry part of the larger community?

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Mary Buchinger

Mary Buchinger Bodwell is the author of four collections of poetry, Navigating the Reach (forthcoming), einfühlung/in feeling (2018), Aerialist (2015, shortlisted for the May Swenson Poetry Award, the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry, and the Perugia Press Prize), Roomful... Read More →

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Linda Haviland Conte

Treasurer, New England Poetry Club
Linda Haviland Conte is the author of Slow As A Poem (Ibbetson Street Press, 2002). Her poems are included in several anthologies. She has participated in panel discussions about poetry community at both New Hampshire and Mass. Poetry festivals. Linda is currently serving as Treasurer... Read More →
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Hilary Sallick

Hilary Sallick's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Two Cities Review, Third Wednesday, the Aurorean, Atlanta Review, and other publications. Her chapbook, Winter Roses, is newly out from Finishing Line Press. Hilary teaches reading and writing to adult learners in Somerville... Read More →
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Marjorie Thomsen

Marjorie Thomsen’s poems are inspired from the landscapes of North Carolina and Virginia where she grew up and from New England, where she currently lives. She is the author of “Pretty Things Please” which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She won the New England Poetry Club’s... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
PEM Create Space 2 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970