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Saturday, May 6 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Channeling the Witches: Giving Voice to Historical Figures Through Poetry FULL

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Writing lyric history—poetry about real historical events—presents a number of challenges, but it allows writers to go beyond the facts and into the hearts of the people who came before us. Ginny Lowe Connors and Sherri Bedingfield each have new poetry books based on witch hunts of the 17th century. Toward the Hanging Tree: Poems of Salem Village is just right for a poetry festival located in Salem! The persona poems in it allow the accusers, the accused, neighbors, and others from that place and time to have their say. The Clattering: Voices from Old Forfarshire, Scotland shows that the phenomenon of the witch hunt had its roots in Europe. This too is a book of multiple perspectives. The program will explore approaches to writing about historical events, balancing a desire to stay faithful to the research while creating poems of lyric power.

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Ginny Lowe Connors

publisher, Grayson Books
Ginny Lowe Connors is the author of a chapbook and four full-length poetry collections, the most recent of which is Without Goodbyes: From Puritan Deerfield to Mohawk Kahnawake(Turning Point, 2021). Her poetry collection Toward the Hanging Tree:Voices of Salem Village is described... Read More →

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Sherri Bedingfield

I am a poet and an artist. Also a psychotherapist & couples' therapist from Connecticut. I am the author of two poetry books: Transitions and Transformations (2010) and The Clattering (2016).

Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Skylark Room Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970