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Sunday, May 6 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
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Personal reflections on addiction and recovery are often written by people in the first few years of sobriety, sharing their escape from the fog and despair of drugs and alcohol. Early sobriety is fraught with internal shifts. The poems and memoirs from that time can help both writer and reader to understand this process. But what about the poets and writers who have done the hard work of staying sober long-term, what are their thoughts on recovery and how it shows up in their writing? Our panel includes poets at different ages and stages of life and writing who share the one commonality of being clean and sober for ten years or more. We will read from our work and reflect on the long view of recovery beyond the fireworks of early sobriety.

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Kali Lightfoot

Retired Executive Director of the National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, Kali Lightfoot earned an MFA in Poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts in July 2015. She lives in Salem, MA. Her poems and reviews of poetry books have been published in a number of... Read More →

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Richard Hoffman

Richard Hoffman has published four collections of poetry, Without Paradise; Gold Star Road, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the Sheila Motton Award from The New England Poetry Club; Emblem; and most recently Noon until Night. His other books include the celebrated... Read More →
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Jennifer Martelli

Vox Editor, The Mom Egg
Author of "My Tarantella," (forthcoming from Bordighera Press), "The Uncanny Valley," (BigTable Publishing), and "After Bird" (Grey Book Press).Her work has appeared in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Cleaver, Glass Poetry Journal, and The Baltimore Review. She is a recipient of the Massachusetts... Read More →

Sunday May 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
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