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Saturday, May 5 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Poetry as Social Action: Panel Discussion, Hopeful Prompts FILLING

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Can art change the world? Where do we draw the line between investigation and activism, intervention and witness, persuasion and propaganda? Who gets to claim personal and communal narratives, and what are the implications of breaking silence versus forgetting history?  Post-election, poetry has emerged as a way to channel the uncertainty that comes with regime change. Poets share their thoughts and work that focuses on justice, resistance, and/or ways to bolster spirits and protect the disenfranchised in uncertain times. They also will offer prompts to quell the disquiet and awaken our spirit of resistance.  . Poems of social action not only challenge and change us but help us feel more hopeful and less alone. As the late June Jordan wrote, “We are the ones we have been waiting for.”

Moderators
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Elisabeth Weiss Horowitz

Salem State University
Elisabeth Weiss teaches writing and literature at Salem State University. She’s taught poetry in preschools, prisons, and nursing homes and as well as to the intellectually disabled. She’s worked in publishing in New York and has an MFA from The University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop... Read More →

Speakers
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Danielle Georges

Professor, Lesley University
Danielle Legros Georges is a writer, poet, editor, and translator. She is the author of two books of poetry, Maroon and The Dear Remote Nearness of You, the chapbook Letters from Congo, and is the editor of City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems. She teaches at... Read More →
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Krysten Hill

Krysten Hill is an educator, writer,and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at the Boston BookFestival, Merrimack College, The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and manyothers. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currentlyteaches. Her work can be found... Read More →
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Fred Marchant

Emeritus Professor of English, Suffolk University
Fred Marchant is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Said Not Said (2017). Earlier books include The Looking House, Full Moon Boat, and House on Water, House in Air. His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Washington Prize, and was reissued in a 20th... Read More →
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Gloria Mindock

Gloria Mindock is the founding editor of Cervena Barva Press and one of the USA editors for Levure Litteraire (France). She is the author of Whiteness of Bone (Glass Lyre Press), La Portile Raiului (Ars Longa Press, Romania) translated into the Romanian by Flavia Cosma, Nothing Divine... Read More →


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