THE MASSACHUSETTS POETRY FESTIVAL is a three-day celebration of the poets, poetry, and literary heritage of a state whose

contribution to American poetry is unsurpassed in the nation. Join us as we pay tribute to the poets and writers of the past while experiencing the creative energy of today’s literary artists. This first-ever, state-wide event includes readings by renowned and emerging poets, teacher workshops, performance poetry, films & music, programs for children and young writers, literary heritage tours, a small press fair, poetry in the streets, and much more.

Poetry is a desperate act, the last-minute decision against self-annihilation, life a shedding of embittered circumstance, but poetry has done so much in terms of superficial grace, a million situations aided by her manoeuvre. New friends made, bad companions left behind, even violence offended through her charm. And we the benefactors – these trying moments will pass, but poetry endures, her profit as a glass to count time. John Wieners from the forthcoming A NEW BOOK FROM ROME from Bootstrap Press, Lowell MA www.bootstrapproductions.org

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NICK FLYNN Nick Flynn’s Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (Norton, 2004), won the PEN/ Martha Albrand Award, was shortlisted for France’s Prix Femina, and has been translated into thirteen languages. He is also the author of two books of poetry, Some Ether (Graywolf, 2000), and Blind Huber (Graywolf, 2002), for which he received fellowships from, among other organizations, The Guggenheim Foundation and The Library of Congress. Some of the venues his poems, essays and non-fiction have appeared in include The New Yorker, the Paris Review, National Public Radio’s “This American Life,” and The New York Times Book Review. His film credits include “field poet” and artistic collaborator on the film “Darwin’s Nightmare,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary in 2006. One semester a year he teaches at the University of Houston, and he then spends the rest of the year elsewhere. RHINA P. ESPAILLAT Born in the Dominican Republic, Rhina Espaillat has lived in the United States since 1939. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, including The Lyric, Poetry, Sparrow, Orbis, The Formalist, and The American Scholar, as well as some forty anthologies. Espaillat has eight poetry collections in print, including Where Horizons Go, which won the 1998 T. S. Eliot Prize; Rehearsing Absence, which won the 2001 Richard Wilbur Award; and most recently, Playing at Stillness. In 2004 she became the first winner of the Tree at My Window Award from the Robert Frost Foundation for her Spanish translations of Robert Frost and her English translations of Saint John of the Cross and César Sánchez Beras. That same year she also received the Dominican Republic’s Salome Ureña de Henríquez 10

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Award for service to Dominican culture and education. Espaillat lives in Newburyport, MA, with her husband Alfred Moskowitz, a sculptor. For 14 years, she coordinated the Newburyport Art Association’s Annual Poetry Contest, is on the planning committee of the Newburyport Literary Festival, and is a founding member and former director of the Powow River Poets. She has also been instrumental in bringing about bilingual poetry readings in the area north of Boston, and has assisted teachers Debbie Szabo and César Sánchez Beras with the planning for bilingual activities shared by high school students of Lawrence, Massachusetts, and Newburyport. REGIE GIBSON Poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator Regie Gibson has performed, taught, and lectured at schools, universities, theaters, and various other venues in seven countries on two continents, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Harvard University’s Longfellow Hall for the Cambridge Poetry Festival, and Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater’s award-winning Traffic Series with David Amram, which included a collaboration with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. He has worked with artists such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Yosef Komunyakaa, Lisel Mueller, The Last Poets, Amiri Baraka, Kurt Vonnegut, members of the world-famous Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and Hip Hop artist Mos Def. He has taught, lectured, and facilitated workshops for the Cambridge Poetry Festival at Harvard University, the Poetry Center of the Art Institute of Chicago, Detroit Black Writers Guild, and the University of Chicago Lab School. In 1998, Gibson was the National Poetry Slam Individual Champion and won the Chicago Tribune’s Artist of the Year for Excellence for his poetry. In 1999, Regie founded the Church of The Funky Word, a literary and musical arts ensemble utilizing ancient, contemporary, and original literary text combined with world music and rituals from various world cultures. Widely published in anthologies, magazines, and journals, he released his first full-length book of poetry, Storms Beneath The Skin (EM Press) in 2001. He partnered with renowned percussionist 11

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and composer Kahil El Zabar (composer of the musical The Lion King) for his own piece “Hey Nappyhead,” which appeared in the New Line Cinema film Love Jones, based largely on events in his life. MARJORIE AGOSÍN Marjorie Agosín is a well-known spokesperson for the plight and priorities of women in Third World countries. Her book, Scraps of Life: Chilean Arpilleras (Red Sea Press, 1987, translated by Cola Franzen), tells of Chilean women who make their struggles known to the world through the exposition of “arpilleras,” folk tapestries that tell of their bravery and hardships in the face of oppression. Money from the sale of these tapestries aids them in supporting families in which the men have been arrested, have been murdered, or have simply “disappeared.” Her activism has been the focus of articles in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Barnard Occasional Papers on Women’s Issues. In 1995, Agosin received the Letras de Oro prize for poetry, presented by Spain’s Ministry of Culture and the North-South Center of the University of Miami to a writer of Hispanic heritage living in the United States. The prize recognizes both the creativity of the recipients and the importance of Spanish language in the United States today. The Latin American Writers Institute also awarded her the Latino Literature Prize for Poetry for her book Toward the Splendid City (Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingue, 1994). Agosin has published poems in Nosotras: Latina Literature Today, (Bilingual Press/ Editorial Bilingue, N.Y., 1986) and wrote a work of criticism on the Chilean author Maria Luisa Bombal (Senda Nueva de Additions, 1983). She has published articles concerning Latin American women writers appearing in Cuadernos Americanos, Arbor: Ciencia, Pensamiento y Cultura, and Latin American Theater Review.

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ED SANDERS Ed Sanders was born in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1958, he dropped out of the University of Missouri and hitchhiked to New York City’s Greenwich Village. He wrote his first major poem, Poem from Jail, on toilet paper in his cell after being jailed for protesting against nuclear proliferation in 1961. In 1962, Sanders founded the avantgarde journal, Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts. He opened the Peace Eye Bookstore (147 Avenue A in what was then Newe York City’s Lower East Side), which became a gathering place for bohemians and radicals. He graduated from New York University in 1964 with a degree in Classics and in 1965 founded the band The Fugs with Tuli Kupferberg, which broke up in 1969 and reformed in 1984. In 1971, Sanders wrote The Family, a profile of the events leading up to the Tate-LaBianca murders after having obtained access to the perpetrators, the Manson Family, by posing as a “Satanic guru-maniac and dope-trapped psychopath.” As of 2006, Sanders lives in Woodstock, New York, where he publishes the Woodstock Journal with his wife of over 36 years, the writer and painter Miriam R. Sanders. He also invents musical instruments including the Talking Tie, the microtonal Microlyre, and the Lisa Lyre, a musical contraption involving light-activated switches and a reproduction of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. JOSEPH TORRA Joseph Torra is the author of numerous novels and books of poetry. Titles include Gas Station, the My Ground Trilogy, They Say, Call Me Waiter and After the Chinese. Time Being is forthcoming from Bootstrap Productions in 2009. From 1990 – 1996, he published and edited lift magazine and presently serves as a contributing editor at Pressed Wafer Press. He edited Stephen Jonas’ Selected Poems, and his poems, fiction, 13

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essays, and reviews have appeared in magazines and anthologies such as The Poker, lingo, Agni, The Boston Review, Pressed Wafer, For The Time Being: The Bootstrap Book of Poetic Journals, and canwehaveourballback. He teaches in the English Department at UMass Boston and lives in Somerville with his wife and two daughters. EILEEN MYLES Eileen Myles was born in Cambridge, MA, in 1949, attended catholic schools in Arlington, MA, and graduated from UMass Boston in 1971. For better or worse, she is one of the limited number of poets who are writing and thinking in a Boston accent today. In 1974, she moved to New York City to be a poet. She quickly gained the friendship of Allen Ginsberg, Ted Berrigan, and Alice Notley, and was the assistant to poet James Schuyler in the late seventies. More recently, through her friendship with the next generation of feminist and queer writers, most notably through touring with Sister Spit, she has become in the words of The New York Times “a cult figure to a generation of post-punk females forming their own literary avant garde.” Her poems have appeared in The Nation, Paris Review, Partisan Review, Harvard Review, Oink, Best American Poetr(ies), fort necessity, and dodgems. A virtuosic reader and performer, Myles has read and performed in bookstores, art galleries and museums, political rallies, and colleges across North America, Europe, Ireland, Iceland, and Russia. She is a firm believer that poetry most importantly belongs in the multitude of situations outside of the classroom. A prolific author, her more than twenty books of poetry and fiction, plays, performances, libretti, articles, and films, and her cultural contributions (which include an openly female write-in campaign for President in 1992) have made her enormously influential figure in literary, art, activist, and queer cultural circles. She’s a contributor to The Believer, Parkett, Bookforum and Art Forum, Art in America, Cabinet, The Nation, LTTR, The Village Voice and The Provincetown Banner. From 1984-86, she was Artistic Director of St. Mark’s Poetry Project and from 2002 14

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to 2007, she directed the writing program at UCSD. Upcoming titles include The Importance of Being Iceland (essays) (Semiotext(e)) for which she won a Warhol/Creative Capital grant, and the much awaited Inferno, a poet’s novel. She lives and writes in New York. LUCIE BROCK-BROIDO Lucie Brock-Broido was born and raised in Pittsburgh. She received her B.A. and her M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and her M.F.A. from Columbia University. Her books of poetry include Trouble in Mind (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), The Master Letters (1995), and A Hunger (1988). In a New York Times review of Brock-Broido’s most recent collection, Maureen N. McLane writes: “Apprenticed to Wallace Stevens, from whose notebooks she takes the titles of several poems, she writes a sensual, sonically rich poetry, typified by the opening of “Spain”: ‘The god-leash leaves / Its lashes on the broad bunched backs / Of sacrificial animals.’ This acoustic gorgeousness, along with her highly figurative cast of mind, creates a striking tension: her new theme is austerity, yet her means remain profligate.” Her awards and honors include the Witter-Bynner prize of Poetry from the Academy of American Arts and Letters, the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, the Harvard-Danforth Award for Distinction in Teaching, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Brock-Broido has taught at Bennington College, Princeton University, and at Harvard University as the director of the creative writing program and as Briggs-Copeland Poet. She is now the director of poetry in the Writing Division in the School of the Arts at Columbia University, and divides her time between New York City and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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MARTÍN ESPADA Called “the Latino poet of his generation” and “the Pablo Neruda of North American authors,” Martín Espada has published sixteen books as a poet, editor, or translator. His eighth book of poems, The Republic of Poetry (Norton, 2006), received the 2007 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Another collection, Imagine the Angels of Bread (Norton, 1996), won an American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Other books of poetry include Alabanza: New and Selected Poems (Norton, 2003), A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen (Norton, 2000), and City of Coughing and Dead Radiators (Norton, 1993). He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, the Charity Randall Citation, the Paterson Poetry Prize, two NEA Fellowships, the PEN/Revson Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. His poems have appeared in the The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, and The Nation. He has also published a collection of essays, Zapata’s Disciple (South End, 1998), and edited two anthologies: Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Press (Curbstone, 1994) and El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry (University of Massachusetts, 1997). A former tenant lawyer in Boston, Espada is now a professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he teaches creative writing and the work of Pablo Neruda.

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ROBERT PINSKY Robert Pinsky’s first two terms as United States Poet Laureate were marked by such national enthusiasm that the Library of Congress appointed him to an unprecedented third term. As Poet Laureate from 1997 through 2000, he became a public ambassador for poetry, founding the Favorite Poem Project in which thousands of Americans of varying backgrounds and ages and from every state shared their favorite poems. The project sought to document that presence, giving voice to the American audience for poetry. Elegant and tough, vividly imaginative, Pinsky’s poems have earned praise for their wild musical energy and ambitious range. His book Gulf Music (2007) is his seventh volume of poetry. His The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 was a Pulitzer Prize nominee and received the Lenore Marshall Award and the Ambassador Book Award of the English Speaking Union. In May 2006 his chapbook entitled First Things to Hand was published. Pinsky’s books about poetry include Poetry and the World, nominated for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, The Sounds of Poetry, and more recently, Democracy, Culture and the Voice of Poetry. His landmark, best-selling translation of The Inferno by Dante received the Los Angeles Times Book Award in poetry and the Howard Morton Landon Prize for translation. For seven years, Pinsky appeared regularly on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. In 1999, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is one of the few members of the Academy to have appeared on “The Simpsons.” Pinsky currently teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University.

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All events take place in the City of Lowell

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HIGH SCHOOL POETRY SHOWCASE 1:30 – 2:30 PM Lowell High School Auditorium 50 Morissette Blvd. In partnership with Lowell High School, the Massachusetts Poetry Festival is proud to present “An Hour of Poetry with High School Writers.” Hear original poetry by high school students from Lowell High School and guest readers from neighboring schools. This event is free and open to the public! INTERCOLLEGIATE POETRY SHOWCASE Co-sponsored by UMass Lowell 3 - 4 PM Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center Theater 246 Market Street This intercollegiate poetry showcase features undergraduate and MFA poetry students giving short but strong samples of their work. The showcase, much like the Festival itself, aims to stir up dialogue between poets at the university level and outside of the University. This event will be energetic and vibrant for both audience and poets! A reception will immediately follow at Brush Art Gallery & Studios. TEACHING WITH FIRE: POETRY THAT SUSTAINS THE COURAGE TO TEACH Presented by Courage & Renewal Northeast 4 − 5 PM Boott Cotton Mills Museum 115 John Street Invention Factory, 3rd floor Teaching with Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach, an award-winning anthology, explores how educators use poetry to keep their hearts connected to their work. It includes poems by well-known poets that were submitted by educators with a commentary exploring why they turn to the poem for solace and wisdom. At this event, educators will read and talk about poems that matter to them. 19

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FILM: “LOWELL BLUES: THE WORDS OF JACK KEROUAC” With guest filmmaker Henry Ferrini 4:15 - 5:15 PM Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center Theater “Lowell Blues” remembers the place Jack Kerouac could not forget. By fusing visual history, language and jazz into a 30-minute film poem, “Lowell Blues” illuminates Kerouac’s childhood holy land. Excerpts from Kerouac’s novel, Dr. Sax, are read by: Gregory Corso, Johnny Depp, Carolyn Cassady, David Amram, Robert Creeley, and Joyce Johnson. Ferrini paints an illuminated landscape rich in mystery and possibility. “Lowell Blues” is a canvas in motion. A canvas made even more vivid by a haunting soundtrack by alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, drummer Jim Doherty and Boston’s own “godfather of punk” Willie Alexander.The film interprets how place activates the writer’s imagination, and how the writer’s art reshapes his city with reverence and respect. Between the frames we recollect the life of a young writer exploring his origins - education, the Catholic church, birth and death. Kerouac’s text speaks to the 1930s in which he grew up. By using both archival and contemporary footage, “Lowell Blues” melds modern experiences together with Kerouac’s childhood to create a timeless sense of place. “Lowell Blues,” like Kerouac’s writing, swirls word and image, music and movement into ethereal images of America’s abundant, ever morphing, character. “Lowell Blues” remembers the city on the river where “memory and dream are intermixed in this mad universe.” Also showing Saturday, October 11 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM USING POETRY TO SPARK ESSENTIAL CONVERSATIONS Presented by Courage & Renewal Northeast 5 − 6 PM Boott Cotton Mills Museum 115 John Street Invention Factory, 3rd floor Poetry has great power to help us consider meaning in our lives and work. In this interactive session, Sam Intrator, coeditor of the award-winning anthology Teaching with Fire: Poetry that Sustains the Courage to Teach, will explore the utility of poetry in deepening discussions about things that matter.

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TIMOTHY GAGER PRESENTS POETRY ALL-STARS A Poetry Performance and Open Mic Event 9 - 11 PM The Brewery Exchange 201 Cabot Street Come to Lowell’s Brewery Exchange and enjoy an evening of good food, drinks, and poetry performances hosted by Timothy Gager. Six features will be performed in a round, followed by an Open Mic. Featured artists are Regie Gibson, Mike Amado, Brian S. Ellis,Trevor Byrne-Smith, Carrie Rudzinski, and Crystal Senter Brown. All are welcome to attend! No reservations required — admission is FREE. JAZZ AFTER HOURS WITH PETER ORPHANOS 9 - 11 PM The Old Court, Upstairs Stage 29 Central Street Come relax, mingle, and enjoy a program of stunning jazz featuring Peter Orphanos and his band. Listen to Peter’s latest sounds on myspace at http://profile. myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=287348071 or visit www.peterorphanos.com. The Massachusetts Poetry Festival is pleased to have Peter perform for the Festival, just as he has for the City’s past “Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!” festivities.

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Please patronize our 2008 Mass Poetry Festival Venue Sites!
Arts League of Lowell (ALL) Arts Gallery Boott Cotton Mills Museum Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus The Brewery Exchange Brush Art Gallery and Studios C’est Wine and Cheese La Boniche French Bistro Life Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Cafe Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center New England Quilt Museum The Old Court Ole Restaurant & Tapas Bar Olive That & More Pollard Memorial Library The Revolving Museum Whistler House Museum of Art

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SMALL PRESS FAIR 10 − 5 PM ALL Arts Gallery 246 Market Street The Massachusetts Poetry Festival is highlighting small press publishing to show its importance to the craft of poetry—without a small press culture, there is no sustainable American Poetic Tradition. As Jerome Rothenberg points out in the preface to A Secret History on the Lower East Side, Since everyone loves a paradox, let me start off with this now-familiar one…American poetry, the part by which it has been and will be known, has long been in the margins, nurtured in the margins, carried forward, vibrant, in the margins…And this is because poetry as we know & want it is the language of those precisely at the margins—born there, or more often still, self-situated: a strategic position from which to struggle with the center of culture & with a language that we no longer choose to bear.¹ Meet the editors and publishers of 30 different presses and magazines, purchase their books and journals and “talk shop”. Many of the presses will be offering discounts and deals. ____________________
¹ Clay, Steve and Phillips, Rodney. A Secret Location on the Lower East Side: adventures in writing, 1960 – 1980: a sourcebook of information. New York: the New York Public Library and Granary Books, 1998. 9.

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FEATURED PRESSES Adventures in Poetry / Zephyr Press Black Sparrow Press / Godine Publishing Bootstrap Press Cuneiform Press Fence Magazine / Fence Books The Figures Loom Press Pressed Wafer Ugly Duckling Presse Zoland Poetry Other Presses and Magazines to include: AGNI Albatross Anamorphy Press Ballard Street Black Ocean Boston Review Café Review Cervana Barva Press Farfalla Press Flim Forum Press Fulcrum Magazine Ibbetson Press Jubilat Quale Press Shakespeare’s Monkey Upstreet Worcester Review

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SMALL PRESS PANEL 11 AM − 12 Noon ALL Arts Gallery 246 Market Street

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The Small Press panel will examine the following two areas: 1. Investigating histories and lineages in the small press world. 2. The future of Small Press Publishing in the 21st Century. Panelists to include: Ed Sanders (Blake Route, and many other past ventures) Geoffrey Young (The Figures), Anna Moschovakis (Ugly Duckling Presse), Rebecca Wolff (Fence Books), Kyle Schlesinger (Cuneiform Press). Moderated by Joseph Torra (Pressed Wafer).

CALLING ALL POETRY DETECTIVES With Karen Kline 9:30 − 10:30 AM & 1 − 2 PM Pollard Memorial Library 401 Merrimack Street Help find a Poetic Packet! Look for an envelope hidden within the Poetry Festival area and then help reveal our Mystery Poem. DO NOT open your envelope, please, until everyone is ready to do so! After the envelopes have been opened and the Mystery has been solved, join us for even more fun and learn the “Bubble-ology Method” of writing poetry! LEADING FROM WITHIN: POETRY THAT SUSTAINS THE COURAGE TO LEAD Presented by Courage & Renewal Northeast 10 − 11:30 AM Whistler House Museum of Art 243 Worthen Street Leading from Within: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead, an award-winning poetry anthology, brings together leaders from a wide range of professions and invites them to identify a poem that has mattered in their life and work. The 23

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Massachusetts Poetry Festival welcomes leaders from a variety of fields and backgrounds who will read and talk about poems that inspire them.

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NATURE, MACHINES, AND THE FIVE SENSES With Sheila Kirschbaum 10 − 11:30 AM Boott Cotton Mills Museum 115 John Street Entrance Boott Gallery In this workshop, compose an original poem that conveys your sense impressions as you stand either along the edge of the Merrimack River or in the Boott Cotton Mills Weave Room just steps away. We will compare these place-based poems, contrast industrial and natural settings, and discuss classroom applications. Co-sponsored by the Tsongas Industrial History Center. EXERCISE IN FREE WRITING with Barbara Helfgott Hyett & PoemWorks 11 AM – 12 Noon Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Conference Room A, 5th floor & 4 – 5 PM Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John Street Entrance Invention Factory, 3rd floor Exercise your creativity through “free writing” exercises meant to inspire! First, enjoy a reading by a master poet. Once read, you will write off one of the lines of poetry against a timer. Everyone’s creative potential is realized when these “new” pieces are then read aloud. Several members of the Workshop for Publishing Poets will guide these unique writing sessions and offer comments on whatever flows. POETRY FROM THE HEART OF THE COMMONWEALTH Worcester County Poets 11 AM − 12 Noon Pollard Memorial Library 401 Merrimack Street Join members of the Worcester County Poets for a unique program featuring Dan Lewis with a surreal prose/poetry series accompanied by musician Michael Milligan; Eve Rifkah reading the poetry of Worcester’s poet laureate, Gertrude Halstead; Susan Roney-O’Brien, whose often quirky poetry unveils 24

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hidden reservoirs of insight; and R. Joyce Heon, whose visions seem like art through the eyes of David Lynch. KISS & TELL: CREATING COMMUNITY WITH A READING SERIES Ann Killough 11 AM − 12 Noon New England Quilt Museum 18 Shattuck Street Join this discussion led by three veteran poetry-series organizers about how to start a reading series and encourage the growth of community around it. Topics covered will include the practicalities (finding venues and readers, publicity, fees) as well as thornier issues like whether to have an open mike, quality versus inclusiveness, and the difficult question of diversity. Bring your questions and plan to be inspired to start your own events! POEM GENERATOR Grub Street, Inc. 11 AM − 12 Noon Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John Street Invention Factory, 3rd floor & 5 − 6 PM Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus, 61 Market Street You’ve heard great poetry, now create some of your own. Grub Street’s awardwinning instructors will guide you through some fun and unique writing prompts that will inspire you and give you some rich material to take home. Sharing your work allowed is encouraged but not required. YOUTH POETRY OPEN MIC Hosted by Febo Sign Up: 10:30 – 11AM Open Mic: 11AM – 12:30PM Featured Performers: 12:30 – 1PM Life Alive Urban Oasis & Café 194 Middle Street Calling all young poets from Lowell and beyond – let your voice be heard! This is a great opportunity to showcase your work in an exciting, supportive environment. Sign up is at 10:30AM, open mic starts at 11AM. At 12:30PM, we welcome guest performers to the mic. Donations are very much appreci25

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ated for the guest performers. Thanks in advance for your support, and spread the word! Please note: This event is for poets through age 19 – all performers have 3 minutes on the mic.

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SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK Presented by the Middlesex Community College Theatre Department 12 – 12:30 PM Middlesex Community College Culture Park Middle Street in Downtown Lowell (across from Bombay Mahal restaurant) Join Middlesex Community College Theatre for selections from their upcoming fall production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” For more information on MCC’s Theatre Department visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/performingarts. In the event of rain, the performance will be held at the MCC Theatre. Take East Merrimack Street to Davidson and turn right. LUNCHTIME POETRY 12 – 1:30 PM Enjoy lunch at one of Lowell’s participating “Lunchtime Poetry” and hear works by poets from around the region. Pick up a flyer at our Information Tables for details! HOMES FOR POEMS: MAKE YOUR OWN POETRY BOOKS With Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord 12 − 3 PM Boott Cotton Mills Museum 115 John Street Entrance Moody Street Lunchroom, 4th floor Make homes for poems by constructing simple books from recycled materials. Whether they are your own poems or selections from favorite poets, they’ll be enhanced by being presented in a handmade book. There are collage materials and markers for decoration and lots of samples to inspire you to continue making books at home. This creative worksho is designed for families, but all are welcome.

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FILM: “LOWELL BLUES: THE WORDS OF JACK KEROUAC” With guest filmmaker Henry Ferrini 12:30 – 1:30 PM Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John Street Entrance Boott Events Center (Please see Page 20 for full description) FILM: “POLIS IS THIS: CHARLES OLSON AND THE PERSISTENCE OF PLACE” With guest filmmaker Henry Ferrini Sponsored by Moses Greeley Parker Lecture Series 2 - 3:30 PM Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center Theater 246 Market Street From Postman to the Postmodern, Charles Olson remains today an original American master. The enigmatic and hulking six-foot eight Harvard historian drifts back to the hard-luck New England fishing port of his boyhood summers. There he forges transcendent vision that links his besieged town, caught between tradition and modernity, to all places - in all times. Viewers join Actor John Malkovich in a one hour race for meaning that stretches from antiquity to yesterday, from the local to the universal and from that which is most familiar to that which can only be imagined. Audiences in rough cut screenings have come away wanting to find out for themselves why the place they call home can be both unique and universally connected to the larger world. CAMBODIAN REFUGEE POETRY Samkhann Khoeun 2:30 − 3:30 PM Pollard Memorial Library 401 Merrimack Street Join Mr. Samkhann Khoeun for a multimedia presentation and reading of Cambodian refugee poetry from the bilingual book whose original poems were handwritten in Khmer by the late Venerable Aggadiop Ly Van, a Cambodian Buddhist Monk who survived Cambodia’s holocaust and was one of the first few Cambodian refugees to arrive in Lowell in the early 1980s.Various readings will recount the harsh life experiences and extraordinary personal stories of the Khmer survivors of the Khmer Rouge Regime in Cambodia from April 17, 1975 to January 1979. 27

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POETRY AND OUR TIMES With Martín Espada, Ann Killough, and Richard Hoffman 3 − 4 PM Whistler House Museum of Art 243 Worthen Street These three renowned poets will discuss the role of poetry in our communities and the poet’s capabilities to affect social, political, and cultural change. AWAKENING THE NOW: POETRY AND THE PRACTICE OF MINDFULNESS With Patti Russo and Steven Durost 3 − 4:30 PM Life Alive Urban Oasis & Cafe 194 Middle Street Mindfulness means being fully awake and fully aware. It means experiencing the richness of the present moment instead of analyzing the past or worrying about the future. Using the poetry of Mary Oliver, William Stafford, and others, we’ll explore how to cultivate mindfulness and how living mindfully affects our lives as humans and as writers. Group discussion and reflective writing will be part of this experiential workshop. THE FULCRUM 6 DEBATE 3 − 4 PM ALL Arts Gallery 246 Market Street The publishers of Fulcrum, an annual of poetry and aesthetics our of Cambridge, MA, present a live special edition of their featured debates on the state of English-language poetry. The most recent published version of the debate in Fulcrum Issue #6 features Rosanna Warren (Northern Summer) in dialog with John Kinsella (Southern Winter). CONFLUENCE: WHERE WORDS & MUSIC MEET J.D. Scrimgeour & Philip Swanson 3 − 4 PM The Revolving Museum 22 Shattuck Street Come join poet J.D. Scrimgeour and musician/composer Philip Swanson (on piano and trombone) and the sounds of “Confluence.” This music and poetry 28

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performance features poetry by Scrimgeour, Alan Feldman,Yusef Komunyakaa, and Rainer Maria Rilke set to a variety of jazz, blues, and classical music. CAPE COD VOICES: POETRY OF PEOPLE AND PLACE Cape Cod Writers’ Center 3 − 4:30 PM Brush Art Gallery 256 Market Street Fifteen poets will read work reflecting historical and contemporary traditions contributing to a regional voice. Diverse voices of Native Americans and other native Cape Codders, new immigrants, and “wash ashore” poets will reveal a rich cultural identity that has developed in this naturally beautiful place, sometimes isolated, with its unique socioeconomic character and independence from “the mainland.” THE LIGHT BRIGADE Concord Poetry Center 4 − 5 PM Boott Cotton Mills Museum 115 John Street Boott Events Center Enjoy light hearted and provocative poetry by Concord Poetry Center members X.J. Kennedy, Robert J. Clawson, Barbara Lydecker Crane, Joan Kimball, and Amy Woods. Kennedy’s latest books (2007) are In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus: New and Selected Poems, and Peeping Tom’s Cabin: Comic Verse. Other Light Brigadiers have published in Measure, Light Quarterly, Raintown Review, Southern Review, and many others. POETS OF THE SOUTH COAST With Everett Hoagland, former poet laureate of New Bedford 4 − 5 PM La Boniche, Side Dining Room 143 Merrimack Street Everett Hoagland, former poet laureate of New Bedford, MA, will headline a reading featuring some of the South Coast’s finest poets.

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THE MASSACHUSETTS POETRY FESTIVAL
POETRY EXPLORATION: EXERCISE IN FREE WRITING With Barbara Helfgott Hyett & PoemWorks 11 AM − 12 Noon Boott Cotton Mills Museum 115 John Street Conference Room A, 5th floor & 4 − 5 PM Boott Cotton Mills Museum 115 John Street Invention Factory, 3rd floor Exercise your creativity through “free-writing” exercises meant to inspire! First, enjoy a reading by a master poet. Then, you will write off one of the lines of poetry against a timer. Everyone’s creative potential is realized when these “new” pieces are then read aloud. Several members of the Workshop for Publishing Poets will guide these unique writing sessions and offer comments on whatever flows. CELEBRATING ELIZABETH BISHOP With Lloyd Schwartz 5 − 6 PM Ole Restaurant and Tapas Bar, Side Dining Room 76 Merrimack Street Elizabeth Bishop is one of the great Massachusetts poets. She’s now the first woman poet to have an entire volume from the Library of America devoted to her work. The co-editor of that landmark edition, poet, Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic, and UMass Boston professor Lloyd Schwartz, will talk about her and read her poems. MUSIC & POETRY AFTER HOURS Featuring Robert Pinsky, Rakalam Bob Moses, Charles Coe, Regie Gibson, and The Jeff Robinson Trio 9 PM − 12:30 AM Boott Cotton Mills Museum - Counting House 115 John Street (Next to Boardinghouse Park) (Please see Page 8 for full description)

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LOWELL, MA

OCTOBER 10-12 2008

MORE CULTURAL LINES OF POETRY Presented by the Lowell Hellenic Culture Society 2 − 4 PM Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center Theater 246 Market Street The Hellenic Culture Society celebrates 20 years of bringing poetry readings to the public! This group reading will include readers Walter Bacigalupo, Cesar Beras, Partha Chowdhury, Peter Danas, Kate Hanson, Ala Kaki, Samkhann Khoeun, Nick Karas, LZ Nunn, Paul Marion, Matt Miller, Diana Saenz, Mary Sampas, Tony Sampas, Gigi Thibodeau, and Eleni Zodhi.

Sunday, October 12

Thank you to the following 2008 Massachusetts Poetry Festival Sponsors and Donors Narrator Level: $200 + Alan D. & Susan Lewis Solomont Leonard & Marjorie Freiman Lowell Plan Washington Savings Bank Laureate Level: $100 + Athenian Corner Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus Colleen C. Sperry Deborah Feinstein Edge Group, Inc. Humanity Apparel & Furnishings Jack & Patricia Rossin Jaqueline Malone Mambo Grill Matthew Budd & Rosalind Gorin Monkeys Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Nicholas Mele Ricardo’s Trattoria Steve Edington Todd D. & Rose Zoltek Jick 31

Bard Level: $50 + Guy & Pamela Brown Forman Joel Richard Fisher John C. Wooding Karen Kennedy Laura Lechner Linda LeBlanc Troubador Level: $25 + Lee M. Whitman-Raymond

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