Monthly Archives: March 2015

Spring Conferences and Festivals


It’s the season for writing conferences and poetry festivals. I’m teaching and speaking at quite a few, and I invite you to join me for any or all!

Newport, RI Writing & Yoga Retreat, sponsored by the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop
April 2-5, 2015, Newport, RI

Join me in beautiful Newport, RI, for a luxurious long weekend of writing and relaxation. I’ll be teaching Friday late afternoon and Saturday morning, focusing on Developing Your Manuscript for Publication. This will be a small, intensive workshop group, and there are still a few seats available; please feel free to inquire about rates if you only wish to attend part of the retreat. These workshops always go well. This one is organized by young writers and friends, and it promises to nourish body and soul.

Boston National Poetry Month Festival
April 9-12, 2015, Boston Public Library and Fisher College, Boston, MA

Join us for a long weekend of exciting and entirely free poetry readings and events in downtown Boston, organized annually by Harris Gardener, Lucy Holstedt, Kirk Etherton, and friends. The weekend starts with an evening of Poetry set to Music & Dance,  Thursday at 7:30 pm. On Friday, between noon and 4 pm, I’m one of the Keynote Readers for the Festival, and on Saturday and Sunday there are many other events, and I hope to be involved with them as well. For more information, see their website.

Welcome To This House, directed by Barbara Hammer
April 10, 7 pm, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, as part of the LGBT Film Festival

Join me at the premiere of this feature documentary film on the homes and loves of poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), about life in the shadows, and the anxiety of art making without full self-disclosure. Under a Guggenheim, Barbara Hammer filmed in Bishop’s ‘best loved homes’ in the U.S., Canada, and Brazil believing that buildings and landscapes bear cultural memories. She interviewed a number of people associated with Elizabeth Bishop. To find out more about the filmmaker, you can visit her website here.

Muse and the Marketplace, sponsored by Grub Street
May 1-3, 2015, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA

Writing Your Memoir: What To Leave Out will focus on key decisions in memoir writing: what to leave out, what to put in, how much to reveal, and so on. There are very limited space: it’s part of the Grub Street conference. Come with a summary of your memoir-in-progress and the problems it poses. This session is on Friday, May 1, 11:45 am to 12:45 pm.

Massachusetts Poetry Festival
April 30 to May 3, 2015, Salem, MA

Heartbreak in the Work of Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath is the topic I’m presenting on at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, in the Morse Auditorium on Sunday, May 3, at 11:30 am. I’ll be sharing some new material. We will have plenty of time for Q&A. I hope you’ll be able to come to this. I think you’ll be interested–and very surprised! It gave me a deeper perspective.

Massachusetts Poetry Festival
April 30 to May 3, 2015, Salem, MA

I want to recommend the Massachusetts Poetry Festival as a whole. Just take a look at the schedule. It represents the very best of poetry and the performance of poetry. You already know I’ll be there, but I just wanted to mention that I’m part of a later panel on Sunday, at 1 pm in the Bartlett Gallery, From Sappho to Sapphire: Woman Poets on the sphere of Woman Poets, focusing on the development of women’s poetry.

American Literature Association Annual Conference
May 21-24, 2015, The Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA

The American Literature Association reminds us of why we studied literature in the first place! It is devoted to the study of authors’ work. I’m chairing a lively round-table discussion on What Happens When the Archives Are Open? with a special focus on the archives of Lowell and Bishop, as examples of surprising new information that can arise long after a writer’s death. We have a star-studded cast. Steve Axelrod, Tom Travisano, Frank Bidart, Lorrie Goldensohn, Grzegorz Kosc, Alice Quinn, and Lloyd Schwartz are all participants. And we hope you will be too. This is a fascinating topic for us all. The conference has graciously given us a double session on Friday, May 22, from 2:10 to 5:00 pm, with a ten-minute intermission, in the Essex North Center, 3rd floor.


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