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Saturday, May 6 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
How Do I Write a Swatantra Sonnet

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Swatantra Sonnet is a new sonnet form introduced by Hassanal Abdullah, a Bangladeshi-American poet, in the mid-nineties. Unlike Shakespearean and Patrarcan Sonnets, the Swatantra form uses a seven-line stanza pattern and abcdabc efgdefg rhyming scheme. The poet wrote more than 200 of such sonnets in Bengali and translated about a 100 sonnets into English preserving rhyme and rhythm. In this session, the poet, along with the panelists, will demonstrate the form and style by showing how anyone, who is interested, will be able to write a sonnet using this new form. Keeping Shakespearean and Patrarcan sonnet forms side by side with his own, the poet will also display several techniques of writing this sonnets. 'Swatantra Sonnet: Bengali with English Translations by the Author' (Feral Press and CCC, 2017) will be used as a supporting book during the session.

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Hassanal Abdullah

editor, Shabdaguchha
Hassanal Abdullah, a Bangladeshi-American poet, translator, and critic, who introduced a new sonnet form, Swatantra Sonnet, seven-seven stanza pattern and abcdabc efgdefg rhyming scheme, more than 200 of which he wrote in Bengali. He is the author of 37 books in various genres, h... Read More →
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Kristine Doll

Professor, World Languages and Cultures, Salem State University
Kristine Doll (Boston, MA, USA) is the author of the poetry collection Speak to Me Again (Feral Press, 2014). “My Friends” from this book was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry. | She is also a translator of Catalan poetry, including her translations into English of Joan... Read More →
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Naznin Seamon

Naznin Seamon is an award-winning poet and a short story writer of the 90s. She has been living in New York since 1997 where she went to LaGuardia Community College for her AA Degree and to Queens College for BA and MA Degrees in English. She is now a High School ESL teacher work... Read More →
avatar for Bill Wolak

Bill Wolak

Adjunct Professor, William Paterson University
Bill Wolak is a poet who lives in New Jersey and teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University. His most recent collection of poetry was entitled Love Opens the Hands: New and Selected Love Poems published by Nirala Publications in 2015. His poetry has appeared in over... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
PEM Create Space 2 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

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