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Friday, May 4 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Poetry of Place: Boston FILLING

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Boston's distinctive narrative and always-present past, its cityscape of buildings with architectural overlays of centuries, its varied neighborhoods, its magnificent green spaces, authored by Olmsted, and its iconic institutions have invited and inspired poetic works through the centuries.  The Boston poets reading today each have a different lens with which they reflect and refract the city: one is a Viet Nam veteran; one writes of place and identity, one is a spoken-word poet and musician; one observes and records; one writes about the Arboretum and Lowell millworkers.  Their Boston backgrounds are varied: two grew up in Boston neighborhoods; one "wandered into town 40+ years ago and never left; one has lived here most of  her adult life; one fell in love with Boston - once he got here.   From the visual to the visceral, these poets offer a span of perspectives on the dynamic and complex city we call home

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Ruby Poltorak

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Ruby Poltorak was born and grew up in Brighton. Her poetry has focused on social activism, on the city of Boston and its neighborhoods, and on family stories that illuminate class and Jewish issues. Three of her poems have been on display at Boston City Hall and four were staged at... Read More →

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Kevin Bowen

Born and raised in the West End of Boston, an old section of the city, demolished in 1960 to make way for new high rise condominium living, that experience, I have always been deeply effected by that experience. Along with my experience as a soldier in Vietnam, it has informed most... Read More →
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Charles Coe

Charles Coe is the author of three books of poetry: All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents, Picnic on the Moon, and Memento Mori. He is an adjunct professor of English at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, and at Bay Path University, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. ... Read More →
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Regie Gibson

Regie Gibson is a poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator. Gibson and his work appear in the film Love Jones, based largely on events in his life. In 1999 he performed for the award-winning Traffic Series at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater where he adapted the... Read More →
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Holly Guran

Will read from poems based on photos in the Arboretum taken by husband, Phil McAlary and other work that echoes the spirit of my Boston neighborhood, Roslindale. Other interests: voices of the innocents; mid-19th century mill life; poems inspired by letters.

Friday May 4, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Hawthorne Hotel, Library Room