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Saturday, May 6 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Writing What We See: Poets of Witness, Emerging and Established

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This panel consists of very established and newer writers discussing their understanding of the genre of witness poetry. We will explore the process of witness writing, our experience in it, how we've come to our present understanding of what it means to be a witness, and what we're still trying to discover. We will share poetry of witness, and encourage conversation about what elevates witnessing to art.

Moderators
avatar for Eileen Cleary

Eileen Cleary

Cofounder of the Lilly Salon in Needham, Eileen Cleary is a nurse and poet, and earned an MFA at Lesley University. Her work has been published in J Journal, Bird's Thumb and Naugatuck River Review. She is a member of Poem Works and the Concord Poetry Workshop. She is on the re... Read More →

Speakers
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Martha Collins

FIELD magazine; Oberlin College Press
Martha Collins’s eighth book of poems, Admit One: An American Scrapbook will be published by Pittsburgh in early 2016. Her earlier books include Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012) and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006). She has also published four collectio... Read More →
avatar for Robbie Gamble

Robbie Gamble

Robbie Gamble is a nurse practitioner and a poet. He recently completed an MFA in Poetry at Lesley University. He has written articles for the Mass Poetry Literary Legacies series and Writers Resist. His poems are published or forthcoming in Ibbetson St, The American Journal of P... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Helfgott-Hyett

Barbara Helfgott-Hyett

Teacher and editor, poet Barbara Helfgott Hyett has published five collections of poetry, most recently, Rift from the University of Arkansas Press, which won the Boston Foundation’s Father John Fellowship for Excellence in the Arts. Her poems have appeared widely in journals and magazines including The New Republic... Read More →
avatar for Richard Waring

Richard Waring

Richard Waring is the author of What Love Tells Me (Word Poetry, 2016). He hosts the Workshop for Publishing Poets reading series at Newtonville Books in Newton, Mass. His poems have appeared in Sanctuary, Chest, JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Ars Medica... Read More →



Saturday May 6, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
The Bridge at 211 211 Bridge Street, Salem Massachusetts 01970 (Formerly First Universalist Church)