The Salem Poetry Seminar

Have you heard about the Salem Poetry Seminar? This is a program where students are selected from public colleges and universities for a weeklong writers' retreat at Salem State. The cost of the program is free. There's a minimal cost to students to stay on-site, but students get campus credit to purchase meals and snacks. Wish I had something like this as an undergrad.  

Jill McDonough, Charlotte Gordon, and J.D. Scrimgeour are the workshop leaders, and I'm reading later in the week. 

This is a really cool thing we do for emerging writers. Hope you make it to some of the readings to see the next generation of Massachusetts writers. 


The Salem Poetry Seminar is a weeklong event for students at public colleges and universities in Massachusetts. Thirteen students, selected from throughout the commonwealth,have the opportunity to study poetry writing intensively with noted teachers and authors Charlotte Gordon, J.D. Scrimgeour and Jill McDonough. 

In addition to day long poetry study, the seminar includes free nightly readings by established poets and seminar participants. All readings are held at 7:30 pm in the Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex Street.

Wednesday, June 3
M.P. Carver and J.D. Scrimgeour with student poets Julie Fabbo (Framingham State) , Elizabeth Tobin (Bridgewater State), Jessica Tower (Salem State), and Woody Woodger (Westfield State).

Thursday, June 4
Charlotte Gordon and January Gill O’Neil with student poets Taylor Boticelli (Salem State), Mallory Braun (UMass Amherst), Victoria Nicolau (Salem State), Robin Parsons (Westfield State), and Cady Vishniac (UMass Boston)

Friday, June 5
Salem Poetry Seminar Alumni Reading featuring Joey Gould, Lisa Mangini and Enzo Surin.

Saturday, June 6
Jill McDonough and student poets Robert Auld (Salem State), Amy Gaeta (UMass Boston), Andrew Mansfield Westfield State), and Kayleigh Turgeon (UMass Lowell)


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