Our 2018 headliners: Sonia Sanchez · Kaveh Akbar · Duy Doan · Jeffrey Harrison · Dorianne Laux · Erika Meitner · Carl Phillips · Nicole Sealey · Sean Thomas Dougherty · Rhina P. Espaillat

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Saturday, May 5 • 9:30am - 10:30am
How Voice Finds Form: Making Our Narrative Poems Sing! FILLING

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Poems will always tell stories. How to tell them effectively varies greatly. Each panelist, Rhina Espaillat, Jacquelyn Malone, David Surette and Rich Youmans has found a way to articulate his or her voice using a specific poetic form. Some of these forms rely on elements of song (meter, rhyme, repetition); others rely on a hybrid of prose and poetry to create imaginative leaps. As moderator, Alice Kociemba will explore with the panelists how they found their forms, why a form works for a particular story and what is gained and sacrificed by their choice. An open exchange among the panelists and with the audience will be facilitated so that attendees will leave this session with an expanded repertoire of strategies to make their own poems sing.

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Alice Kociemba

Founding Director, Calliope—Poetry for Community
Alice Kociemba is a co-editor of From the Farther Shore: Discovering Cape Cod and the Islands Through Poetry (Bass River Press, forthcoming) along with Robin Smith-Johnson and Rich Youmans. She is founding director of Calliope Poetry and is the author of Bourne Bridge (Turning Point... Read More →

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Rhina P. Espaillat

Rhina P. Espaillat has published ten full-length books and three chapbooks, comprising poetry, essays and short stories, in both English and her native Spanish, and translations from and into both languages. Her work appears in many journals, anthologies, and websites, and has earned... Read More →
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Jacquelyn Malone

Jacquelyn Malone’s work has appeared in Poetry, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cortland Review, Poetry Northwest, and Ibbettson Street as well as other publications. Two of her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. One was featured on the website Poetry Daily. Her chapbook All... Read More →
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Rich Youmans

Rich Youmans's work has appeared in diverse publications, including Contemporary Haibun Online (where he currently serves as editor in chief), Cape Cod Poetry Review, the Cape Cod Times, and The Best Small Fictions 2020 (Sonder Press). He lives in North Falmouth with his wife, Alice... Read More →

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Salem Waterfront Hotel, Ballroom 1