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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 is the author of two collections of poetry, Aerialist and Roomful of Sparrows. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, Gargoyle, Nimrod, Salamander, Slice Magazine, The Cortland Review, The Massachusetts Review, as well as in journals in Australia, Canada, England, Irela... Read More →

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Linda Haviland Conte

Linda Haviland Conte is the author of Slow As A Poem (Ibbetson Street Press, 2002). Her poems are included in several anthologies. She won a Cambridge Poetry Award for Best Short Poem, and she received a Somerville Arts Council Grant to lead a poetry-writing workshop. Linda wo... Read More →
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Wendy Drexler

Wendy Drexler’s third poetry collection, Before There Was Before, has just been published by Iris Press (April 2017). She is also the author of Western Motel (Turning Point, 2012), and a chapbook, Drive-ins, Gas Stations, the Bright Motels (Pudding House, 2007). Her poems have appeared in Barrow... 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 Somervi... 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 C... Read More →

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

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