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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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Lynne Viti

lecturer emerita, The Writing Program, Wellesley College
Lynne Viti, a lecturer emerita at Wellesley College, is the author of Dancing at Lake Montebello: Poems  (Apprentice House), and two poetry chapbooks: Baltimore Girls and The Glamorganshire Bible (Finishing Line). Her work has appeared in over 100 publications, including The Baltimore... Read More →

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Heather Bryant

Heather Corbally Bryant teaches in the Writing Program at Wellesley College; her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has won honorable mention in The Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition. Her published works include: How Will the Heart Endure: Elizabeth Bowen... Read More →
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Francine Montemurro

Francine Montemurro was born in Yonkers, NY, grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson, and has lived hither and yon. She currently lives and works in Boston.  She likes to watch birds, write poems, and spend time with friends, human and canine, real and imaginary.
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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 poetry began... Read More →

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