Sunday, June 03, 2012

Salem Poetry Seminar, June 5-8

Looking forward to this week of poetry in Salem. If you are around, join us for one or all of the evening readings. Check out the full schedule below.

The Salem Poetry Seminar, sponsored by the Salem State Center for Creative and Performing Arts, is a free, weeklong seminar, offering students at the Commonwealth's public institutions of higher education the opportunity to study poetry intensively with accomplished teachers and writers. The seminar, to be held June 5-8, will bring 12 young poets together to study, with a "master class" held by acclaimed poet Afaa Michael Weaver.

Past participants have said that this seminar was a turning point in their writing careers, and have gone on to publish 10 books of poetry and to serve as editors of nine national literary magazines. Several have attended graduate school in creative writing.

Seminar poetry readings are free and open to the public. This year's reading schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, June 5, 7:30 p.m.

Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette Street
Featured Readers: Kevin Carey, Charlotte Gordon
Student Poets: Steven Durta, Rebecca Mueller, Jacob Reecher, Kayla Russell

Wednesday, June 6, 7:30 p.m.

Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex Street
Featured Readers: J.D. Scrimgeour, Claire Keyes
Student Poets: Felicia Connolly, Lillian Donnelly, Emily Hatch, William Regan

Thursday, June 7, 7:30 p.m.

Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex Street
Salem Poetry Seminar Alumni Reading and Open Mic

Friday, June 8, 7:30 p.m.

Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex Street
Featured Reader: Afaa Michael Weaver
Student Poets: Sara Afshar, Ashley De Souza, JD Debski, Lyndon Seitz

The Salem Poetry Seminar has had a profound impact on these young writers at the beginning of their careers. Program alumni return to Salem for alumni readings and several are deeply involved in Massachusetts Poetry Festival, a statewide gathering of poets and poetry lovers.

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