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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 an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Salem State University. He has published three books – a chapbook of fiction, "The Beach People" from Red Bird Chapbooks (2014) and two books of poetry from Cavankerry Press, "The One Fifteen to Penn Station... Read More →

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R.G. Evans

R.G. Evans's books include Overtipping the Ferryman, The Noise of Wings, and The Holy Both. His poems, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Rattle, The Literary Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and Weird Tales. In addition to Unburying Malcolm Miller, his original music wa... Read More →
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Mark Hillringhouse

Creator, Mark Hillringhouse Photography
Mark Hillringhouse: is a published poet, essayist, and photographer whose works have been widely exhibited in area galleries. His photography and writing have been published in The American Poetry Review, The Literary Review, The New York Times, The New Jersey Monthly, The Paris... 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
PEM Morse Auditorium Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

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