Massachusetts Poetry Festival This Weekend!


Just wanted to remind everyone that I’ll be at the Mass Poetry Festival in Salem this weekend May 1-3 on the panel From Zero to One: First Books and What We Wish We’d Known. The panel is at 12:15 on Saturday in the Hawthorne Library. Please take note of the new location if you’re planning to come. The location was previously (mistakenly) listed as the Peabody Essex Museum Library. Also, don’t be daunted by the fact that the event is posted as ‘full’. I have it from seasoned MaPo festival goers that there’s usually plenty of room and a handful of no-shows. My panel mates: Amy Dryansky, Susan Kan, Karen Skolfield, and I will discuss our own experiences getting our first books into print (and, in Susan’s case, a poetry publisher’s point of view) what went well and not-so-well, some things to expect, and what you can do to ensure your book and experience are the best they can be. The bulk of the time is allocated for Q&A, so come prepared with your questions. Amy, Karen and I are poets with one or more books in print, Susan Kan is the director of Perugia Press.

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