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Sunday, May 7 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
History's Inspiration: Poetry Out of the Past FULL

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How does history influence the creative process? How do poets turn the events of the past into inspiration for poetry today? Poets Sarah Sousa (SPLIT THE CROW, CHURCH OF NEEDLES), Andrea Stone (AMERICAN SPELLING), and Ellen Dore Watson (poetry editor of the MASSACHUSETTS REVIEW and of Hedgerow Press) will read from their recent work, all of which looks back at moments in New England and Canadian history. Readings will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the audience. From Native American oral histories to Civil War narratives to earthshaking national crises, the past informs each poet's work in ways both literal and figurative, challenging form and genre as well as our understanding of shared histories. The event will be introduced and moderated by Ellen Dore Watson, with time for audience questions and participation.

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Sarah Sousa

Sarah Sousa is the author of the poetry collections See the Wolf (2018): Split the Crow (2015) and Church of Needles (2014) She also edited and transcribed The Diary of Esther Small, 1886 (2014) which won the New England Book Festival Award for Regional Literature. Her poems have... Read More →
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Andrea Stone

Associate Professor, Smith College
Smith College associate professor of English Language & Literature Andrea Stone teaches literatures of the African diaspora from the 18th century to the present with a particular focus on the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Her specific teaching interests relate to African... Read More →
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Ellen Dore Watson

Director of Poetry Center, Poetry Center at Smith College
Poet and translator Ellen Doré Watson’s fifth collection of poems, pray me stay eager, is new from Alice James Books, which also published her first two books, We Live in Bodies and Ladder Music, winner of the New England/New York award. This Sharpening and Dogged Hearts were... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
PEM Create Space 2 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970