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Sunday, May 7 • 10:15am - 11:15am
What's Your Literary Lineage?

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If you don’t know where you come from, how do you know where you’re going? For poets, knowing where you come from includes knowing your “literary lineage” (aka influences). Knowing this lineage can reveal, and help you address, problems in your writing—this knowledge can help get you out of a writerly rut! Panelists will discuss how they “mapped out” or “came to understand” their lit lineage, and how this has helped (or hindered) their writing. This could include talking about being a mentee or a mentor (to "descendants"). Panel presentations are meant to be a guide for audience members to trace their own literary lineages so they may assess and advance their own writing.

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Jennifer Jean

Program Manager, 24PearlStreet Online Writing Program at FAWC
Jennifer Jean’s poetry collections include VOZ and The Fool, as well as Object Lesson which is about sex-trafficking and objectification in America. Her teaching resource is Object Lesson: a Guide to Writing Poetry and she's a co-editor and co-translator of an anthology in development... Read More →

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Mark Halliday

Born in 1949, Mark Halliday earned his B.A. at Brown University in 1971, an M.A. in creative writing at Brown in 1976, and a Ph.D. in English Literature at Brandeis University in 1983.  He has taught English at two high schools and five colleges;  since 1996 he has taught at Ohio... Read More →
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Karla Van Vliet

Van Vliet Arts / Dreams as Source
Karla Van Vliet is the author of two collections of poems, From the Book of Remembrance and The River From My Mouth. She is an Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize finalist, and a two-time Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee. Her poems have appeared in Poet Lore, The Tishman Review... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Old Town Hall Second Floor 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970