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Saturday, May 6 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Called By the Muse After Forty: Four Poets from In and Around Boston

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Many who began dabbling in poetry in their youth allow the exigencies of work, finding (or losing) a partner, dealing with serious health issues, and family obligations, to edge out our creative lives for decades. We are four poets who began writing poetry in earnest--and for public audiences--later in life, and who have made the writing of poetry a central focus of our daily lives. We will read from published works: in print and online journals, blogs, chapbooks--as well as works in progress.

We come not from the academy, but from a range of professional and educational backgrounds. Our work, like our socio-economic backgrounds, our genders and our gender identities, is diverse. What we have in common: a late vocation to writing poetry, a relentless desire to write poetry and to work at it, getting frequent feedback through workshops, meetups and open mics in bars and cafes, and readings at bookstores and academic writing conferences.

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avatar for Lynne Viti

Lynne Viti

Senior leturer, Wellesley College
My new poetry collection, Baltimore Girls, was published in March 2017. | I'm a lawyer (retired), college writing instructor, poet, and fiction writer. | | I read regularly at the open mic segment at Gallery 55 in Natick on the third Thursday of each month, and will be fe... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Heather Corbally Bryant

Heather Corbally Bryant

Heather Corbally Bryant (formerly Heather Bryant Jordan) teaches in the Writing Program at Wellesley College.  She received her A.B. from Harvard, and her PhD from the University of Michigan.   She published How Will the Heart Endure: Elizabeth Bowen and the Landscape of War,” (University of Michigan Press, 1992). She also has six books of poetry either published or forthcoming: Cheap Grace, The Finishing Line Press, (2011); Lottery Ticket, The Parallel Press Poetry Series of the University of Wisconsin Libraries (2013); Compass Rose, The Finishing Line Press (2016). My Wedding Dress, her first full-length volume of poetry was published in 2017, and Thunderstorm, her second full-length volume, is forthcoming from The Finishing Line Press in 2017; later in 2017, The Finishing Line Press will publish her chapbook... Read More →
avatar for Francine Montemurro

Francine Montemurro

Francine Montemurro was born in Yonkers, NY, grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson, and has lived hither and yon. Her poems have appeared in the Paterson Literary Review, and have been on exhibit at Boston City Hall. She’s read her poems in and around Boston where she currently lives... Read More →
avatar for Martin Rodriguez

Martin Rodriguez

My experience of poetry is one based in the community, not academia. I see it as a language that we evolve together, seated at a table ruled by kindness and constructive collaboration, a language that all are welcome to speak, write and understand. | For me this vision of poetr... Read More →
avatar for Lynne Viti

Lynne Viti

Senior leturer, Wellesley College
My new poetry collection, Baltimore Girls, was published in March 2017. | I'm a lawyer (retired), college writing instructor, poet, and fiction writer. | | I read regularly at the open mic segment at Gallery 55 in Natick on the third Thursday of each month, and will be fe... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Bridge at 211 211 Bridge Street, Salem Massachusetts 01970 (Formerly First Universalist Church)