I am still on a high from this weekend's Mass Poetry Festival, which, by all accounts, was the best one yet. It was chilly on day one buy no rain, and by Sunday the weather was spring-like.
As far as I can tell the festival was flawless. Every year tell our planning team, "It takes a lot of work to make it look everything look seamless. That's what we strive for every year.
Some of my favorite moments included this one pictured above, hanging out with Rita Dove and Fred Viebahn--two of the nicest people you'll ever meet. And Rita's reading with Riichard Blanco on Saturday night was phenomenal.
Another great moment was seeing the crew from Four Way Books: Andrea Cohen, Cynthia Cruz, Rachel Eliza Griffiths and the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo! It was one of those readings that just felt special. So happy to host Greg's first reading since winning the Pulitzer in poetry. Here's video of his reading:
Another special moment hearing Denise Duhamel, Nick Flynn, and Adrian Matejka read at the Peabody Essex Museum. What a magical night that was. You can see photos of these and many of the weekend events at Creative Salem. My favorite photos are of the Poetry Circus!
It was an amazing weekend of poetry. And now we have the pictures to prove it!
The two things I'm struggling with now are exhaustion and forgetfulness--byproducts of National Poetry Month. I'm backed up on poetry books, submissions, and grading. Oh well, good problems to have.