Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Salem Literary Festival

The 2011 Salem Lit Fest takes place this weekend, September 23-25, in downtown Salem, Massachusetts.

I wanted to highlight two great sessions.

My Poetry Crush
Saturday, September 24
3 p.m.
Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem

Do you have a poetry crush? The term “favorite poet” is too milquetoast for the one you’re really crushin’ on—their work makes you drool, gets you woozy, and you return for a gawky gaze again and again. In the panel “Poetry Crush” four writers will share (read: “gush”) and briefly discuss the poems of their cherished “crush.” Panelists will also share one or two works of their own which have been influenced or inspired by their chosen writer.

Featured panelists are:
Colleen Michaels—curator of The Improbable Poetry Tour
January O’Neil—author of Underlife
Rusty Barnes—editor of Night Train and author of Redneck Poems
Walnut ‘Da Lyrical Geni’— hip-hop-poet whose most recent album Love is in your Face is now available. Facilitated by Jennifer Jean, author of Fishwife
Full bios here.

Books and CDs available at signing. Event to be held at the Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem.


Stealing the Family Jewels: Writing about Family
Sunday, September 25
3 p.m.
Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem

Stealing the Family Jewels: How writers crack the familial treasure chest without losing their inheritance!

Families provide writers with their best material—secrets, joys, humor and tragedy. But how do we make family members, beloved and otherwise, into rich, multi-dimensional characters, neither saints nor monsters? And having done this, how do we avoid hurt feelings, libel suits and wrath? In this panel discussion, three authors of books that center on family and personal experience will talk about these issues and entertain your questions.

Michelle Hoover (THE QUICKENING)
Full bios here.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Event to be held at the Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem.

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