I have two upcoming poetry related events to share. First, on April 27th at 7 p.m. in the main area of the Pelham Library in Pelham, MA, I’ll be reading at a special event with two other Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellows (I’m a 2016 fellow). Richard Michelson, Michael Teig and I will each read for 15 minutes. The reading was organized by former MCC fellow and MCC 2016 reader Karen Skolfield. Would love to see familiar and new faces.
On April 30th I’ll be at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival taking part in a panel on poetry and motherhood at 12:15, Salem Arts Association building. The Full Catastrophe: Poets on Motherhood includes poets Amy Dryansky, Marie Gauthier and myself. From our program description: “Three poets from western MA will look at how contemporary women poets use a variety of approaches to navigate the territory of “mother-poet.” These poets and their poems fall all along the aesthetic continuum, and their work takes different approaches to the “condition” of motherhood. Using their own experience, as well as examples from other poets, they’ll talk about the struggle to find time and focus for their writing; the challenges of writing and parenting in a rural area; how motherhood is or isn’t present in their own work; the issue of including their children in published work; and whether the awareness of writing about motherhood has constrained or freed them in any way. They’ll also look at the distinction between motherhood as subject, and the impact of motherhood on creative process and formal strategies. The discussion will include poems as handouts for audience members and time for audience questions.”