The Boston National Poetry Month Festival April 5-7

On March 27, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times



Well– I advise all Somerville poetry lovers to attend this event. I have been a featured reader in the Boston National Poetry Festival for 12 years, and always have had a great time–hosting, running the book table, and reading from my work.  Somerville poets like Harris Gardner ( Founder of the Festival), Afaa Michael Weaver, Kirk Etherton, Lucy Holstedt, and more will be reading at this three day event. Hope to see you there!  –Doug Holder


Now In Its  Successful THIRTEENTH!!! Year
CO-SPONSORS: Tapestry of Voices & Kaji Aso Studio in partnership with the  Boston Public Library, SAVE the DATES: Friday, April 5, Noon-4:00P.M. Saturday, April 6th 10:00 A.M.- 4:40 P.M.  OPEN MIKE: 1:30 to 3:00P.M.; & Sunday, April 7th, 1:10 to 4:30P.M. Open Mike  1:30-3:00P.M.- Work Shop 3:15-4:30 P.M. The Festival will be held  at the library’s main branch in Copley Square. FREE ADMISSION
Friday, April  5- Commonwealth Avenue Salon Room at the BPL:
12:00-1:00 P.M. Dan Tobin, Afaa M. Weaver,  Christine Casson
1:00-2:00P.M. David Ferry and George  Kalogeris
2:00-3:00 P.M. Rhina P. Espaillat , X.J.  Kennedy
3:00-4:00P.M. Kathleen Spivack, Richard  Hoffman, Judith Steinbergh
56 Major and Emerging poets will each do a  ten minute reading; ALSO
Featuring 5 extraordinarily talented prize  winning high school students: from Boston Latin High School,; Boston Arts  Academy, and Harvard University, Daniel Schwartz. These student stars will open  the Popular Poetry Marathon portion of the Festival April 6th at 10:00 A.M. SAM  CORNISH, Boston’s current and first Poet Laureate will open the formal part of  the Festival at 11:00 A.M. 55 additional major and emerging poets will follow  with a POETRY MARATHON
Some of the many luminaries include SAM  CORNISH, Rhina P. Espaillat, Afaa M. Weaver, Christine Casson, Dan Tobin, X.J.  Kennedy, Alfred Nicol, Kathleen Spivack, Ifeanyi Menkiti , Richard Wollman, Doug  Holder, Elizabeth Doran, Richard Hoffman, Lucy Holstedt, Kirk Etherton, Charles  Coe, Ryk McIntyre, January O’Neil , Regie O’Gibson, Kate Finnegan (Kaji Aso  Studio), Victor Howes, Lainie Senechal, Harris Gardner Susan Donnelly, Jack  Scully, Rene Schwiesow, Tomas O’Leary, Marc Goldfinger, Gloria Mindock, Tim  Gager,Barbara Helfgott Hyett, Stuart Peterfreund, Elizabeth McKim, Valerie  Lawson, Michael Brown, Mignon Ariel King, Tom Daley, Molly Lynn Watt, Chad  Parenteau, Joanna Nealon, Walter Howard, Kim Triedman, Zvi Sesling, Irene  Koronas, Fred Marchant, Sheila Twyman, Robert K. Johnson, Chris Warner and a  Plethora of other prize winning poets.
This Festival has it all: Professional  published poets, celebrities, numerous prize winners, student participation,  OPEN MIKES, WORKSHOP, BOOK TABLES.
Even  more, it is about community, neighborhoods, diversity, Boston, and  Massachusetts. FREE ADMISSION !!!
FOR INFORMATION: Tapestry of Voices:  617-306-9484- Library: 617-536-5400
Wheelchair accessible. Assistive listening  devices available. To request a sign language interpreter, or for other special  needs, call 617-536-7855(TTY) at least two weeks before the program  date.

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