Next weekend, September 17-19, the Salem Literature Festival is taking over Salem, Massachusetts!
Here are a few events to check out (read: these are the ones I'm attending/participating in):
Saturday, September 18
1 p.m. Erin Dionne and Kat Black: Writing as a Career Choice
Middle-grade authors Erin Dionne (THE TOTAL TRAGEDY OF A GIRL NAMED HAMLET, Dial press, January 2010, ISBN 0803732988, $16.99) and Kat Black ( A TEMPLAR’S APPRENTICE – THE BOOK OF TORMOD, Scholastic Press, February 2009, ISBN 9780545056540, $17.99) will read from their books and will discuss writing as a career choice. This event is geared primarily toward the young adult, but all are welcome.
5 p.m. Quick Fiction’s Utter Amazement
Meet us at Gulu-Gulu's for a phenomenal line-up of readers whose work has appeared in the literary journal Quick Fiction, including Steve Almond, Brian Evenson, Kim Chinquee, Myfanwy Collins, Michael Thurston, and William Walsh. We don’t even know what to expect, other than a whole lot of utter amazement.
7 p.m. Thursday on Saturday: Thursday’s Theatre of Words & Music
Thursday’s Theatre of Words & Music presents an evening of poetry and music celebrating the creative process. Featuring poets Mignon Ariel King and Jack Scully. Also, musician/composer Sarah Eide and poet Jennifer Jean will perform their collaboration of genre defying musical works, based on Jennifer Jean’s powerful and moving Fishwife Tales. Open mic to follow features.
Sunday, September 19
10 a.m. Life of a Poem
How does a poet go from inspiration to publication? How is a fully realized poem created? And, does a the best poetry appear whole and in an instant, or does it gestate in parts for years? A panel of poets will read one of their published poems and discuss the unique process of its creation; the panel discussion will be followed by a Q & A, and poetry writing prompts. Poets include: Kevin Carey, Claire Keyes, Colleen Michaels, January O’Neil, Dawn Paul, and Vanessa Ramos. Hosted by Salem poet Jennifer Jean.
11:30 a.m. North Shore Poets in the Round
Poets of the North Shore will take turns reading one poem each in response to the previous reader; this will be an exciting, lickity-split-by-the-seat-of-your-pants style reading! Poets include: Kevin Carey, Claire Keyes, Colleen Michaels, January O’Neil, Dawn Paul, and Vanessa Ramos. Hosted by Salem poet Jennifer Jean.
4 p.m. Poetry Reading
David Blair, William Delman, Jill McDonough, and David Rivard read from their poetry at one of Salem’s hottest gathering places. Come for the top-notch poetry, and stay to raise a toast to SLF 2011!