Saturday, May 6 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Poets on Motherhood

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Four poets of different ages, ethnicities and life experience discuss issues that arise in writing about motherhood and read from their own and other writers’ poems. We will look at motherhood in its many guises—pregnancy, abortion, miscarriage, birth, raising children, caring for grandchildren, letting go. Topics may include what responsibility, if any, we have to members of the family; how we deal with difficult—embarrassing or shameful?—experiences; how to express strong emotion without melodrama or sentimentality; why we may feel motherhood as a subject is often pigeon-holed or seen as unimportant by editors and readers. There will be time for audience discussion.

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Wendy Mnookin

Wendy Mnookin’s most recent book of poetry is Dinner with Emerson (Tiger Bark Press, 2016.) To Get Here, her book about her son’s drug addiction, explores her family’s struggle with his addiction--what happened "to get here," what is unknowable, how they emerged. Wendy has received... Read More →

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Jennifer Barber

Scholar in Residence/Editor, Suffolk/Salamander
Jennifer Barber teaches literature and creative writing at Suffolk University in Boston, where she is also founding and current editor of the literary journal Salamander. Her poetry collections are Works on Paper, which received the 2015 Tenth Gate Prize (The Word Works, 2106), and... Read More →
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Chloe Garcia-Roberts

Chloe Garcia Roberts is the author of a book of poetry, The Reveal (Noemi Press), and the translator of Li Shangyin’s Derangements of My Contemporaries: Miscellaneous Notes (New Directions), which was awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant. Her work has appeared in the publications... Read More →

Anna V. Q. Ross

Lecturer in Creative Writing, Tufts University
Anna V. Q. Ross’s most recent book, Flutter, Kick (Red Hen Press), won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Her previous books include If a Storm (winner of the Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry), Figuring (Bull City Press), and Hawk Weather (winner the Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Old Town Hall Second Floor 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970