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Sunday, May 7 • 11:30am - 12:30pm

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Join us for a reading from Liberation (Beacon Press), a new poetry anthology presenting 82 new poems about freedom by 63 celebrated contemporary poets around the world, including Richard Blanco, Rita Dove, Yusuf Komunyakaa, Robert Pinsky, and more. It was created by Mark Ludwig, Executive Director of the Terezin Music Foundation, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, to increase awareness of those who still long for liberation, and to pose the question, “What does it mean to be free?” Here are never-before-published poems by the world’s top contemporary voices, addressing the theme of freedom as it inspires them personally and creatively. Massachusetts contributing poets Richard Hoffman, Fanny Howe, Lloyd Schwartz, and Carol Dine will read their works and others and offer reflections on the theme of liberation. Mark Ludwig will offer musical selections, choral settings of poems in Liberation. "This anthology of poems from people all over the world gives expression to the human yearning for freedom, which will serve as an inspiration to the present and future generations.” — His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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Mark Ludwig

Mark Ludwig is a Fulbright scholar of Terezín, a member of the Pamatník Terezín Advisory Board, and Director of Terezin Music Foundation. He produces recordings, concerts, and Holocaust and genocide education programs worldwide. He is a violist emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra... Read More →

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Carol Dine

Carol Dine’s book of poems, Orange Night, accompanied by images by painter and Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak, was published in 2014. Her memoir, Places in the Bone, discusses the necessity of art for survival. She received a grant from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial... Read More →
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Richard Hoffman

Richard Hoffman has published four previous books of poetry: Without Paradise; Gold Star Road, winner of The Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the Sheila Motton Book Award from The New England Poetry Club; Emblem; and Noon until Night, which received the 2018 Massachusetts Book... Read More →
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Fanny Howe

Fanny Howe is the author of more than twenty books of poetry and prose, most recently the poetry collections The Needle’s Eye (2016) and Second Childhood,(2014), a finalist for the National Book Award. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National... Read More →
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Lloyd Schwartz

Frederick S. Troy Professor of English, University of Massachusetts Boston
Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and teaches in the MFA program. He is a commentator on music and the arts for National Public Radio's Fresh Air, Senior Editor of Classical Music for New York Arts, and Contributing... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
PEM Morse Auditorium Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970