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Saturday, May 6 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Poets on Motherhood

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Four poets of different ages, ethnicities and life experience discuss issues that arise in writing about motherhood and read from their own and other writers’ poems. We will look at motherhood in its many guises—pregnancy, abortion, miscarriage, birth, raising children, caring for grandchildren, letting go. Topics may include what responsibility, if any, we have to members of the family; how we deal with difficult—embarrassing or shameful?—experiences; how to express strong emotion without melodrama or sentimentality; why we may feel motherhood as a subject is often pigeon-holed or seen as unimportant by editors and readers. There will be time for audience discussion.

Moderators
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Wendy Mnookin

Wendy Mnookin’s most recent book is Dinner with Emerson. Her other books are The Moon Makes Its Own Plea, What He Took, To Get Here, and Guenever Speaks. Wendy has taught poetry at Emerson College, Boston College, and Grub Street, as well as in workshops around the country. She l... Read More →

Speakers
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Jennifer Barber

Scholar in Residence/Editor, Suffolk/Salamander
Jennifer Barber teaches literature and creative writing at Suffolk University in Boston, where she is also founding and current editor of the literary journal Salamander. Her poetry collections are Works on Paper, which received the 2015 Tenth Gate Prize (The Word Works, 2106), a... Read More →
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Chloe Garcia-Roberts

Chloe Garcia Roberts is the author of a book of poetry, The Reveal (Noemi Press), and the translator of Li Shangyin’s Derangements of My Contemporaries: Miscellaneous Notes (New Directions), which was awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant. Her work has appeared in the publications BOMB, Boston Review, A Public Space, and Interim Magazine among others. Her translation of Cao... Read More →
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Anna Ross

Emerson College
Anna Ross is the author of If a Storm (Anhinga Press), selected for the 2012 Anhinga – Robert Dana Prize, and Figuring (Bull City Press), an Editor’s Choice for the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. Her work has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Ma... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Old Town Hall Second Floor 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970

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