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Saturday, May 5 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Political/Civic Poetry FILLING

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Political/Civic Poetry will include a brief overview of what political American poetry has historically included. Subjects such as environmental concerns, oppression, policing policies and practices, speaking truth to power, and agitation for change will be explored. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience examples of political poetry, but the emphasis will be on writing poetry based on visual and oral prompts. Those attending will be encouraged to share their poems with opportunities for discussion with the entire group.

In our age of instant communication and the prevalence of social media in our society, information, much of which is not fact checked, can be disseminated on a global scale.  Poets now have the ability to question executive orders, Tweets, and the ramifications of policies almost immediately, but they must be aware of their power to do so wherever they are on the political spectrum. Also, our political climate of “them” vs. “us” requires dialogue, and poetry can provide the opening to begin much needed discussions.

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Paul Saint-Amand

Northern Essex CC
I have developed and coordinated Peace Poetry Contests and Readings for over 20 years and am an Associate Professor Emeritus of English at SUNY-Potsdam. For the past 11 years, I have been a Professor of English at Northern Essex Community College, where I have instituted this type... Read More →

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Gayle C. Heney

Gayle C. Heney is a former North Andover 2-term Poet Laureate. She is the award winning producer and host of the TV series "Write Now". She is the editor of the poetry anthology "Songs from the Castle’s Remains", "Leaf Sorrow Tree Strong", and co-editor of "Soulmates" that will... Read More →
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C. J. Morse

CJ Morse has been a poet and performer throughout the Merrimack Valley for the last 5 years; his work has been published in numerous student anthologies by the Lawrence Student Writer's Workshop and as a writing leader, he's worked with dozens of students to hone their own style and... Read More →

Saturday May 5, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
New Liberty Charter School, Room 1 1 Museum Place Mall Salem, MA 01970