Friday, May 5 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Unburying Malcolm Miller

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Filmmakers Kevin Carey and Mark Hillringhouse have again turned the camera on the life of a poet, as they did with their 2012 documentary about New Jersey’s Maria Mazziotti GIllan (All That Lies Between Us). With “Unburying Malcom Miller” they have focused on a Salem, Massachusetts poet whose work was influential enough that Gerald Stern said “all students should read it,” and whose life was strange enough that he went from being homeless and institutionalized to leaving bundles of hundred dollar bills in his kitchen drawer when he died in 2014. He also left behind a substantial canon of poetry which explored his personal relationships and his cynical view of the world around him. The film showcases his poems and his friendships with such poets as Leonard Cohen and a former Salem State faculty member and writer, Rod Kessler, who befriended Miller at the end of his life and took it upon himself to get to know him better beyond his death. Kessler’s interviews with those who knew Miller, along with readings by local poets of his work, reveal just how complicated and memorable a poet and a man can be to a community.

A question and answer with the filmmakers will follow as well as a live performance of the original “Malcolm’s Song,” written by R.G. Evans for the film.

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Kevin Carey

Kevin Carey is Coordinator of Creative Writing at Salem State University. Books include: The Beach People (2014), The One Fifteen to Penn Station (2012), Jesus Was a Homeboy (2016) which was an Honor book for the Paterson Literary Prize, & Set in Stone (2020). His poems have appeared... Read More →

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R.G. Evans

R.G. Evans's books include Overtipping the Ferryman (Aldrich Press Poetry Prize 2013),  The Noise of Wings (Red Dashboard Press, 2015), and The Holy Both (Main Street Rag, 2017). His original music was featured in the Kevin Carey/Mark Hillringhouse films All That Lies Between Us... Read More →
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Mark Hillringhouse

Mark Hillringhouse: is a published poet, essayist, and photographer whose workshave been widely exhibited in area galleries. His photography and writing havebeen published in The American Poetry Review, The Literary Review, The NewYork Times, The New Jersey Monthly, The Paris Review... Read More →
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Rod Kessler

Professor Emeritus, Salem State University
In retirement Rod Kessler has been editing the poetry and researching the life of Salem poet Malcolm Miller (1930-2014).

Friday May 5, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm EDT
PEM Morse Auditorium Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970