Two Saturday Events

Saturday is action-packed for me. Not one but two poetry events for the day. Hope you can make it to one or both of them.

Saturday morning, I’ll be a judge at the Poetry Out Loud semifinals in Framingham.

POETRY OUT LOUD encourages students in grades 9-12 to memorize and perform real poems and to explore the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken work, and theatre in their English and Drama classes.

Students winning the Massachusetts finals will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, where they will compete in the national finals. Here are the locations from competitions across the state, which are free and open to the public.
  • Framingham (Framingham Temple Association) Saturday, March 3 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Boston (Calderwood Pavilion) Saturday, March 3 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Springfield (Springfield Community Music School) Sunday, March 4 at 10 a.m.
  • Yarmouth (Cultural Center of Cape Cod) Sunday, March 4 at 1:00 a.m.
State Final Competition will be held at the Old South Meeting House on Sunday, March 11 at 9:30.

Come out and support these students!


And in the evening, I’ll be reading with Tayari Jones and Kate Bolick at Jabberwocky Bookshop.

March 3, 7p.m.
The Tannery Series
The Jabberwocky Bookshop
Tannery Marketplace, Newburyport, MA.

What's Love Got to Do with It?
Join us as three startling authors skewer today's romantic landscape. Modern love will never look the same.

Readings by:
  • Kate Bolick ("All the Single Ladies") reads from her forthcoming book--a wry, personal and frank discussion about being single in a world where marriage seems less necessary and less probable.
  • Tayari Jones (Silver Sparrow, Leaving Atlanta) reads from her stunning third novel, Silver Sparrow. Set in Atlanta during the 80s, her richly imagined characters struggle to do right and to love even as these ambitions require extraordinary deceit and complicity.
  • January Gill O’Neil (Underlife) reads her lyric poems which bring to light the unspeakable complications of marriage and family life.
This event is free and open to the public, but come early to grab a front-row seat.

Is it time to break out the Misery Island poems? You won’t want to miss this.


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