Friday, April 05, 2013

The Boston National Poetry Month Festival

Hope you will join us. I am the closer, Sunday around 4:15-ish.

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THE  BOSTON NATIONAL POETRY MONTH  FESTIVAL
Now In Its Successful THIRTEENTH!!! Year 
     CO-SPONSORS:  Tapestry of Voices & Kaji Aso Studio in partnership with the Boston Public Library,
Friday, April 5, Noon-4 p.m.. 
Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m.- 4:40 p.m. OPEN MIKE: 1:30- 3 p.m..
Sunday, April 7, 1:10 to 4:30 p.m. Open Mike 1:30-3:00P.M.- Workshop 3:15-4:30 p.m.  

The Festival will be held at the library’s main branch in Copley Square.           
FREE ADMISSION
    
Friday, April 5 - Commonwealth Avenue Salon Room at the BPL:
Noon- 1 p.m. Dan Tobin, Afaa M. Weaver, Christine Casson
1-2 p.m. David Ferry and George Kalogeris
2-3 p.m. Rhina P. Espaillat , X.J. Kennedy
3-4 p.m. Kathleen Spivack, Richard Hoffman, Judith Steinbergh
56 established and emerging poets will each do a 10-minute reading

ALSO Featuring five extraordinarily talented prize-winning high school students: from Boston Latin High School, Boston Arts Academy, and Harvard University. These student stars will open  the  Popular Poetry Marathon portion of the festival, April 6 at 10 a.m.  

SAM CORNISH, Boston’s current and first Poet Laureate will open the formal part  of the Festival at 11:00 A.M. 55 additional  major  and emerging poets will follow with a POETRY MARATHON.
     
Some of the many  luminaries include SAM CORNISH,  Rhina P. Espaillat,   Afaa M. Weaver, Christine Casson, Dan Tobin, X.J. Kennedy, Alfred Nicol, Kathleen Spivack, Ifeanyi Menkiti , Richard Wollman, Doug Holder, Elizabeth Doran, Richard Hoffman, Lucy Holstedt, Kirk Etherton, Charles Coe, Lawrence Kessenich, January O’Neil ,  Regie O’Gibson, Kate Finnegan (Kaji Aso Studio), Victor Howes,   Lainie Senechal,  Harris Gardner Susan Donnelly, Jack Scully, Rene Schwiesow, Tomas O’Leary, Marc Goldfinger, Gloria Mindock, Tim Gager, Barbara Helfgott Hyett, Stuart Peterfreund,Elizabeth McKim, Beatriz Alba Del Rio, Valerie Lawson, Michael Brown, Mignon Ariel King, Tom Daley, Molly Lynn Watt, Chad Parenteau, Joanna Nealon, Walter Howard, Kim Triedman,   Zvi Sesling,  Irene Koronas, Fred Marchant, Sheila Twyman,  Ryk McIntyre, Robert K. Johnson, Chris Warner, C.D. Collins and a Plethora of other prize winning poets.
    
This Festival has it all: Professional published  poets, celebrities, numerous prize winners, student  participation, OPEN MIKES, WORKSHOP, BOOK TABLES. 
   
Even more, it is about community, neighborhoods, diversity, Boston, and Massachusetts. FREE ADMISSION !!!
    
FOR INFORMATION: Tapestry of Voices: 617-306-9484- Library: 617-536-5400 

Wheelchair accessible. Assistive listening devices available. To request a sign language interpreter, or for other special needs, call 617-536-7855(TTY) at least two weeks before the program date.    

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